My Pact with Myself to Drink More Water.

I am not good about drinking water, I never really have been… I know I NEED to drink more water but I just haven’t gotten into a good habit yet.

I read this today, and after doing so, am promising myself that today I will start drinking more water. I will make this promise to myself every morning, when I wake up to have a glass of water, that every afternoon and evening before and after every meal I will have a glass of water, and before I go to bed at night I will have another.



Day 5 Off Sugar

Last night I had a little slip up… not intentionally, we were sitting down to dinner and I put some sweet chilli sauce on my plate, maybe 2 tsp. anyway I was just not paying attention and didn’t read the label and ate it all up – realized when we were cleaning up that it was sweet!! First ingredient – sugar. Other than that, the past 4 days were pretty easy actually, aside from having to get creative with my meals and opt for a couple meal replacement shakes. So far the sugar items I’ve found in our kitchen are – cereal, breads, jelly, cookies, tortillas, pretty much every sauce and dressing.

Sugar is hard to quit

… Had oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk and a banana for breakfast.. Im ready for a snack and am staring at some tortillas.. It says sugar 0g on the nutritional facts but the ingredients list sugar.. Hmmmm. Going to pass to be safe.

Raw meal vanilla chai shake does not have any refined sugar, time for a shake before I am tempted by a bite of my toddler’s pbj.

New 30 Day Body Reboot : Bye Bye Sugar!!

Today I am breaking up with sugar. Articles, thoughts, challenges and before/after pics to come soon! 30 days to no sugar body bliss starts now! (I will be continuing no sugar after the 30 days but I feel like the first month is the hardest for any lifestyle change, and most critical in order for it to stick for life!

October 5th is my goal date to last WITHOUT ANY REFINED SUGAR!! After that I will have some for special occasions only – birthdays mainly.. a slice of cake here and there is not going to destroy me 😉 It’s ALL about balance and moderation.

So far, this is going to pretty much cut out 99% of all processed foods from my life, something I’ve been wanting to get better with, so this is a great start for that!

I LOVE sweets, who doesn’t, right? I will be finding sugar alternatives – natural, and sharing sugar free lifestyle ideas and recipes as I find them or create them during the next 30 days.



Fooducation Study

For those of you  reading my blog who know me outside of this blog, you may know that I am an advocate for non gmo and safety when it comes to the food that we consume in the USA. I try, as often as I can as a ‘regular food consumer’ to avoid processed foods and all  that is bad for us to eat. But like most Americans, I do slip up occasionally and more often than I am proud of, and buy the meat which I have not researched the origins of, eaten the pre packaged salads and processed foods that very well contain chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, too much sugar, too much salt, too many extremes of the stuff that my body just really does not need, but it just tastes good, or is convenient.

I am aware of my food choices, and very aware of the choices which I make for my children. I find myself opting to spend a bit more for the grass fed, free range, organic, non processed, just pure good body fuel foods for my kids 99% of the time. For me, about 80% of the time. That is not good enough. I need to stop being lazy and make it 100% of the time for us all, at least while we are home and cooking our own food. And when we are out and eating elsewhere, always making healthy choices and opting for organics when available.

I have done a lot of reading, researching and information sharing on this topic over the past 3 years, since about 6 months or so before I got pregnant with our first child. I cleaned out our kitchen, made smart choices for my pre-pregnancy, through pregnancy, and post pregnancy body for both of my pregnancies, and continue now to make these choices for the food they are eating and the drinks they are drinking, now that they are outside of my body.

I am feeling compelled to put my words into action 100% now. I am tired of feeling guilty about getting lazy about where our food is coming from. This is my new focus for this blog, research and accountability for the food sources of the products we are buying, and truly becoming not just a label truster when it comes to my shopping cart, but actually an investigator to ensure the labels I am trusting are truthfully leading me to buy the best I can for my family.

We are not yet in a house that I have the space to setup an organic garden of our own to take all of the guesswork out of at least some of the produce we consume. But this will definitely be in my near future, and I will document the entire process here too.

30 Day challenge accountability kept me from updating until now..

So without the feeling of HAVING to update daily, I really have just not made the time to work on this blog, so I needed to check in! At the end of my body bliss challenge I had lost a total of 10.5 inches and 7lbs total. That was almost 3 weeks ago. I have continued to eat healthy portions of good, mainly organic fresh foods. I still splurge on ice cream and sangria and of course my dark chocolate fix, I am being good, not avoiding anything to extremes, but having everything in moderation. Also working out for at least 40 minutes 3-4x/week.

..It’s working.

Today I measured myself again, I have lost another 2 lbs, 1.5inches off my hips and 1/2 inch off my thighs. This puts me at a total loss of 9lbs and 12.5inches total that I’ve lost since December, so in 6 months.

I am happily fitting into all of my pre-first-and-second pregnancy clothes! Whoo hoo!!

On the fitness update, I’ve been focusing recently on weight training more than cardio, so I need to balance those out again, to keep the momentum going. Fitness is part of my lifestyle now, no effort really needed to motivate me to work out, I just do it because I see the results and it makes me feel great after a good workout!


Kickboxing Cardio

In my 30 day bliss challenge, I discovered kickboxing. I’ve been slacking off with getting back into it but really need to, and want to. I want to get a point where I am improving and feeling confident in my ability.

I am discovering some videos today and am probably going to buy a couple of them.. My gym offers a turbo jam kickboxing class that I neeed neeeeed to start going to more, but for every other day I want some good videos I can follow at home.

Here is how I go about this screening process for investing $ into my workouts;

Step #1 – Find kickboxing cardio videos to buy;

Clearly I have some options to choose from.. Now it’s just reading about each one (reviews mainly) to see which will be worth my while to actually buy!

Step #2 Narrow down to the number of good reviews and cost:

(This is my trimmed list of options – I dropped the ones that cost more than most of the others or didn’t have any reviews or only poor reviews)

Step #3 – See what I can preview of my top 5 picks on YouTube;

I am a fan of Jillian Michaels, she is a good motivator, and coach – even through the tv, I feel like she is pushing me to push myself.

This one looks good, but she seems a little too nice for me.. I need a bit more motivation from an instructor.

This one looks good, clear instruction, and explanation for a beginner like me.

The concept sounded great, but the main instructor, seems a bit distracted and ditsy.

This was the closest thing I could find on this specific instructor with kickboxing.. not the actual video footage but gave me a sense of how she coaches. Direct, energetic and motivating.

Step #4 – Decision Time

SOOOO now I am down to 3 options:

For $20 total for all 3, I am going to mix it up and get all of them 🙂 I am planning to do at least one kickboxing cardio workout every day (even when I am not doing the class at the gym) so I will need some variety for my home workouts!

30 Days to Body Bliss Conclusion

you are entireley up to youWhen I jump started the finale of my weight loss I went head first into this 30 day mission to re-set my body, and it worked. My goal was to loose 10+ lbs (thinking this would put me back into my pre-baby clothes and I would call it a success) I lost 7 lbs and over 10 inches total off my body in this 30 day mission, and can proudly say that I can fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes again, and some are even a little baggy.

My mission of 30 days may be complete, but my journey into a fit lifestyle has only just begun.

I have gotten a taste of success, and am feeling results, and hearing others notice me looking more fit, which is a huge accomplishment in itself. I am hooked on becoming as fit as I can now, and I plan to keep this momentum going! Tomorrow starts round 2! My mission – be fit for life.

What once was a task to get to the gym or work out at home, is now a necessity and a passion in my life. I can honestly say I love a good workout, and I love pushing myself a bit harder each time I exercise. I am excited to try new fitness routines and to see just what I can learn. There is a lot I want to improve on, and so much to look forward to in my workouts now!

What once was a challenge to avoid empty calories is now a balance in my life, I know what my body needs for fuel and I know when I have gone overboard even just a little, and I know what that will take in physical motion to not allow it to stay with me longer than I need it to. My body and mind have been re-wired to work in sync with each other to achieve the results I desire.



Day 30

Breakfast.. Egg and two cups of coffee.

Lunch snack: a such of string cheese, a slice of toast with jelly and a square if dark chocolate.

Gym: 10 min warmup on the spin bike, weight room: triceps, hip abductors, hip adductors, legs. 1000 meter row. 10 min of bosu squats and finishing with a stretch.

Dinner: Turkey and hummus on homemade bread.


Day 29

Down another lb!

Coffee and a strawberry banana almond milk shake for breakfast 🙂

Busy Saturday.. Didn’t really have an exceptionally awesome day fitness wise but watched my portions. Did splurge on a few slices of pizza for dinner.

Didn’t overdo it.. Felt balanced today but could have done better.

Day 28

Morning measurements – lost another inch off my waist and 1/2 inch around my upper arm!

I had coffee again with breakfast and lunch, and my diet today consisted of yogurt, a tortilla, some black beans, granola bar, scrambled egg, an apple and a stick of string cheese. Dinner is tbd.


ANNND this sums it up perfectly.

For my workout today I did a zumba class at the gym, apparently an hour long zumba class burns about 500 calories, sounds like a great workout but honestly I was so lost with so many of the moves that I ended up just doing what looked like 45 minutes of jumping up and down and 15 min of actual coordinated movements with the class. Unsure if I will do it again, I did not leave feeling like I challenged my muscles, with maybe the exception of my thighs.

Day 27

Tomorrow Friday, is my 3rd Friday of recording measurements, although I will still do “final” measurements on Sunday, which will conclude this 30 day mission.

fitness newcomer

I am really seeing the humor in this now. It really was so important, it seemed, to track my every step, my every move, as I got started in becoming fit again. Now that I am truly feeling stronger and getting fit, I can see how absolutely trivial all of that is now. For some people like me, it was a good place to start, to track it ALL. To record every minute, for accountability and to take an inventory on my diet and exercise. Now that I have re-set my lifestyle, I no longer have that need, that crutch of honestly feeling like I have to keep track of it all. Now rather than obsessing on numbers and intake and output, I am focusing comfortably on my new lifestyle, of being fit and active and workout out at least once a day, eating to fuel my body only, and if not, making up for it the day after. It feels great.

It’s pretty amazing how starting this journey day one two and three were the hardest, and now the final 3 days are already starting tomorrow and I feel like they are just going to fly by!

Today I started with coffee and a few hand fulls of blueberries for breakfast had a small portion of pesto and tortellini for lunch, with another coffee. (4-ish hour of sleep last night blah!)

If I get to a workout today it will be a at-home kickboxing video.. I am missing doing kickboxing!

I am feeling overall proud of myself for adding more weight to my barbell in bodypump last night but I am feeling it today, mainly in my back and arm muscles, and also the back of my thighs. It was a killer awesome workout yesterday!


Day 26

Posting this a day late. I guess the good news about posting late, is that I was able to maintain healthy portions, and even got an hour long body pump class in at the gym last night. The accountability I needed to keep myself on a good track by doing this blog is becoming internal accountability! Not that I have not enjoyed sharing my journey, but now I am posting in hopes to inspire others rather than primarily hold myself accountable for my fitness goals.

So please excuse my short post and delay too!

Day 25

Pretty “normal life” feeling day today, woke up at 6:30, went to the park, had a cup of coffee, a granola bar and some raisins for lunch, snacked on some leftover pasta salad and smoked pork for lunch and have been cleaning up the house yet again. This is what a typical day will look like now, after my 30 day bliss challenge is over. If I make time to work out tonight it will make for a great day, but for now , at least it is a good one!

Today concluded with a mish-mash snacky dinner of a banana with some peanut butter on it, a few bites of cream cheese and jelly on toast and a chai tea.

I did not workout today, but I did get a little present when I stepped on my scale tonight – down another lb!!

Day 24

Less the one week to go for my body bliss challenge. I am anticipating a grand finale that will make me happy. Looking back at my starting point photos from May 1st – I feel like I can see a difference. I am excited to finish strong in what will be the pattern I will continue at the end of this body-reset mode I have been in.

A cup of oatmeal

Homemade Wrap: 1 egg, 2 slices of turkey, a couple scoops of grilled mushroom and eggplant, a smear of pesto and a smear of sweet potato all in a flour tortilla.

Some homemade smoked pork, pasta salad, 1/2 a roll and some guacamole

Workout today
Unless I get a wild hair and decide to go to the gym tonight after the kids go to sleep, I will not be working out today. No excuses If I don’t go, I just did not make it happen today.

Day 23

Today we are in the heart of Memorial Day weekend, I am realizing that being out and about and getting together for group meals and not having time to dedicate to the gym, because I am with friends and family this weekend does not need to derail me from my goals. Like yesterday, I am not sure how much updating I will get to do on here today, but I will try!



I have to say that I am seeing a change, a transformation in my body, I am feeling stronger and actually seeing some muscle definition in my obliques, arms, and legs! Pretty awesome, and seriously motivating to keep this all up. I only want to see more progress, and not loose what I am seeing in my body.

Gym!! Managed to squeeze in it today.
15 min cycle 5 min vigorous rowing then to the weight room for a single circuit that included: seated press, seated row, leg press, hip abduction, shoulder press. Then followed up with another 10 min on the cycle and kettlebell swings on the bosu ending in stretching, crunches and bicycle legs.

BBQ with friends, I ate in moderation but enjoyed the food served including burger, noodle salad, sausage, and ice cream. Not incredibly healthy but I also did not overdo it, achieved by having small portions of all of it!

Day 22

Saturday! Busy Family day, and kick off of memorial day weekend.. I will update when I can.

Weekly Measurement Check- in
(Measurement is combined from my neck, hips, waist, upper arm, chest, thighs and calves)

Lost another 4 inches! (that’s a total of 9 inches lost in 22 days!)
Weight – still no change

Here’s where I have lost those inches:
Neck – 1/2 in
Waist – 3.5 in
Hips – 1.5 in
Thighs – 1/2 in
Calves – 1/2 in
Upper Arm – 1/2 in
Chest – 2 in

I did not have the time to track and update, but I did manage to stay on the healthy foods and in moderation. We had a full day out on a family hike, and at a park and running lots of errands around town.

What I ate today – cottage cheese with cinnamon, 2 luna protien bars, grilled mushroom and eggplant, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries and almonds, and a glass of sangria 🙂

Day 21

Final countdown – 9 days left!

Well, I wish I could say I was feeling ready to attack the day, but I am sooo tired. Hopefully after my coffee I will wake up a bit!

Day late update on the end of the day:

Had a healthy lunch, cottage cheese, walnuts and apricots, and 1/4 a toasted bagel with cream cheese.

For dinner, Friday night family outing to get pizza! Yep, Friday is my splurge night, I had 3 slices of thin crust pizza.


Day 20

Final ten day countdown stats today. I’ve really started feeling like I am getting onto a good pattern of good food and exercise now. I do need to work out a couple more days at the gym every week, that is where I feel like I need to improve now.

1/2 scoop vanilla raw meal 1/2scoop vanilla whey, 1/2cup fresh blueberries all blended with 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Also a fresh nectarine.

A slice of veggie quiche, a few bites of strawberries and a handful of walnuts and dried apricots
I update throughout the day, so check back!

Bodypump 60 minute class!

A chicken sausage and side of sauteed kale

Today was a great day!

Day 19


today’s mantra ‘strive for progress, not perfection’

BUSY morning! I am finally posting this and it’s almost 2pm. Sheesh!

Breakfast & Exercise:
A slice of toast, 1/2 a banana and 2 cups of coffee, followed by 2 hours of pushing a stroller and chasing kids around the zoo!

It’s grocery shopping day for the week and we have been slowly cleaning out the fridge so I have a really random lunch to get rid of containers and packages. Ready for total weirdness, and very hungry caterpillar sounding lunch? Here it goes: 1/2 an egg, a pickle, a tangerine, a tortilla with hummus and a cup of almond milk. Yup, I said it was a weird one!

5oz of chicken with a scoop of black beans mixed with steamed chard and a scoop of pesto.



The Balance Between Accomplishment and Frustration from Loosing Inches but Not Pounds

My first week of my 30 days to body bliss, I lost 5lbs, but in the second week, I did not loose any, I did , however, loose inches. Within the first 2.5 weeks of diet and exercise, I lost a total of 5.5 inches total combined from my waist, hips, arms, thighs and neck, and went down a size in my pants. I like to see results, and yes, I see my body transforming in these areas (especially my hips and thighs!) but there is still the missing satisfaction of seeing the number drop on the scale, too.

I suppose it is mainly physcological, the need to watch the scale change, it is the only gauge besides the comfort (or lack of) of my waistband in the past, and I am on this mission to get fit – for me that means seeing those numbers change, too.

I am starting to realize I need to let go of the scale, at least for now. I may need to re-set my goals for what weight I want to be. Before, my goal weight was the size I was without extra fat. Now, the weight I want to be and the size I want to be are not in agreement. I want to be fit, that means more muscle and less fat, not just less fat. I do not want to be tiny, I want to be strong and lean.

So that leaves me with the question, what will my ideal weight be? And I do not have that answer anymore. This leaves my goals a bit unsettled, undefined. So what now?

I am curious to get into the nitty gritty of body fat and how to test it, to see how much I have, and how much I am loosing. So far it looks pretty complicated, so I am going to have to do some more research and add to this later 😉 It’s time to curl up on the couch with my husband and catch up on our weekly shows! A relaxing treat after a killer workout today!

Kickboxing is Becoming a Skill

kickboxingSimilar to my experience with yoga, kickboxing for me started out very awkward and almost uncomfortable because it involved so much physical coordination and agility that those who have done it for a while make look so flippin easy!

I’ve really started noticing my ability to control my movements and my flexibility improving in only just a couple weeks. I am becoming a bit addicted to improving my kickboxing comfort level and ability.

Kettlebell Kickboxing!

It’s a killer full body cardio workout and burns massive calories, helps me feel strong, and sore in all of my problem areas (butt, thighs, hips).

I did a search for Kickboxing and kettlebell, which I love to use at the gym also and found KB – Kettlebell Kickboxing. Sounds pretty amazing. It will most likely be my next fitness investment. My husband has been wanting to get a kettlebell for a while so we may just have to get a couple 😉

Day 18


Starting out with a visual motivator for today

STRONG start!! Yes, even after 3 hrs of sleep last night – not joking. My body was pretty sore yesterday after my Sunday workout, but my muscles are feeling better today. I am much less bloated and off my focus than I was yesterday, thankfully.

one egg cooked in coconut oil and 2 cups of coffee.

Baked sweet potato, some crackers and a banana.

Today would have been my gym kickboxing class. To be completely honest, I was too chicken to go because an irrational fear of possibly having a certain monthly visitor’s “plug” dislodged during all of the jumping up and down. SOOO I opted for a home kickboxing workout instead, and it worked, ’cause I worked up a sweat! And my fear was conquered. Next month, I will just go to the class, fearless!

Here is the 45 minute home workout I completed tonight;


Followed by 5 minutes in the middle of this one:

Finishing with this ENTIRE video:


check back throughout the day as I update my progress!

Day 17

Monday is always a chance to start fresh and set new goals for the week.  So what did I have for breakfast? Carbs and sugar. Major fail. I could blame it on the fact that my monthly visitor has arrived and I’m feeling blah and bloated and really just want to curl up with a pound of chocolate. But I can’t. I can’t blame my eating of a pancake ( I mixed the batter with mango chunks, blackberries and shredded carrots) that was extra from my toddler’s breakfast, along with a small bite of chocolate that I grabbed from the pantry. I can’t blame eating that on anything but the lack of my own will power this morning. I can not justify that it was okay because it was just a small pancake, and it had healthy ingredients, but then I’m just excusing my continuation of indulgence from last night’s dinner.

The good news, its only 7am, I have the whole day to make stronger decisions. I only have 13 days to go, and I’m still 5lbs away from my goal. I’m really feeling like I need to kick my butt into high gear again.


Today’s Summary:

I wish I could say I kicked the day’s butt. But I did not. I did make healthy meal choices, for lunch I had an almond milk and chocolate whey shake and some grilled chicken in a soft taco tortilla. For dinner – grilled chicken and sauteed veggies, and ended with some vegetable potstickers, and two more pieces of chocolate for desert (probably not the best choice.)

I did manage to go out for a nice walk where I found myself carrying an extra 50+lbs divided between both my little ones, at once for a good chunk of the walk when my toddler wanted to be carried too.

I am dubbing today BLAH day. A lack of effort towards body bliss. I changed my mind, I am blaming today on my monthly visitor, the first day is always the most draining, and the most bloated.

BUT to end on a positive note, I promise to myself that tomorrow and the next 2 weeks I will not give up, I will not make any more excuses, and I WILL reach my body bliss by the time these 30 days are up! BOO YA BLAH DAY, TAKE THAT!


Day 16

day 16 motivation

this is my mantra today.

Egg cooked in coconut oil, two cups of coffee with milk and hazelnut torani

Early morning workout
Hour long spin class! – change of plans, didn’t make the class before it filled up, sooo I did a weight room circuit like yesterday, 20 minutes on the Eliptical and 1000 meters on the Rowing Machine, bosuaball and kettle bell squats and a ton of situps, crunches and leg lifts. Total body workout today.

Tried kettlebell swings on the bosu for the first time today – I am hooked. Here is a video I found later on youtube so you can see what they look like;

Post Workout Shake
1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey, 1tbsp peanut butter and 1/2 banana

1/2 of a chicken tortilla wrap

1 pork taco and some chips and salsa, beans and rice


Why the BOSU is My New Best Friend

the bosu ball is my friend

Ending my workout doing bicycle legs on Day 15 of my 30 days to body bliss, next to my friend, the BOSU Balance Trainer– (these can also be done while on the BOSU.)

I discovered the BOSU Ball (aka BOSU Balance Trainer) out of curiosity when I saw a woman standing on one doing squats. It looked like a great simulation of surfing almost, balancing on the underside of it. Now it is an essential part of my workout and post workout cool-down routine.

If I am going to work out, I want to push myself, each time, farther than I went the time before. So the BOSU provides an edge of an extra challenge for me in my otherwise normal body weight activities including squats, situps, etc.

Here are some ideas on how to use it; click here for more




Day 15

One egg cooked in coconut oil, 1/2 cup coffee

Workout.. Morning @the Gym (CLICK HERE FOR A FREE WEEK AT 24 Hour Fitness!)
20 minutes vigorous spin … Rowed 2000 meters (500 hard, them 30 second rest, repeated 4x) weight room circuit 2x each for 2 sets of 10 reps: triceps, back, shoulders, biceps, legs, glute, abs. Then enough bosu ball squats and situps until I couldn’t do anymore, then I did a few more, and then was done 🙂 Also about 3 minutes of scissor kicks alternating with bicycle legs.

Here are the machines I used today for my circuit;


Post Workout Shake/Lunch
1 scoop of vanilla designer whey, 1 banana, 1 tangerine, and 1.5 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, also nibbled on a hand full of raisins.


Half a smoked chicken breast, half a sausage with bun and chili, some sauteed veggies with pesto. Yes, an indulgent feast of a dinner.

Day 14

Every time I have attempted to get in shape and loose weight in the past, I have reached a plateau of no change weight wise. Usually this discourages me and I stop trying, this time is different. I started tracking my measurements in the past few weeks to see what the change was in my body size in addition to my weight. I am happy to share that in the past two weeks, although I did not change my number on the scale, I did loose 1/2 inch around my neck, 1 inch off my waist, 1 inch off my hips, 1/2 inch off my thighs, 1 inch off my upper arm and 1.5 inches off my chest. So my body is changing although it does not show on the scale. This is validating that I am putting on more muscle and also slimming down so these measurements today made me feel pretty darn awesome!


2 weeks into my 30 days to body bliss

Today is the day before my 1/2 way point.. I decided to take a new pic to document my 5lbs lost and toning up efforts in the past 2 weeks.

Smoothie – 4 strawberries, 1/2 a banana, two scoops of plain yogurt, a handful of chia seeds and a cup and a half of unsweetened almond milk.

As I am a day away from my half way point, I wanted to reboot my motivation brain. I scoured the web for before and after pics to get my brain on the result of hard work, and I am feeling re-energized!

2 egg whites and 1/2 a yolk cooked on the stove in coconut oil with 1/4 an avocado sliced up and a few drops of tobasco

Flour tortilla (small taco size) and 1/2 of a sliced avocado and half of a green apple

Who is Matt?

Matt is my husband, who has an inspiring body transformation story of his own, he is my inspiration for sticking with it and is becoming a bit of a health nut himself. This new section ‘Matt’s Corner’ will be filled with his story, workout tips, food facts and personal success story to living a healthy and happy life. Check back for updates soon!

Day 13

Today I’m starting to transition myself into a normal diet. I am two days away from my half way point and I want to be sure that post 30 days my body doesn’t freak out on me and put the weight right back on. I decided to do this now because of the past 5 days of no weight change, and honestly I’m just getting bored of drinking shakes as my primary food. 😉 I’ll still be having shakes but maybe one a day, rather than 3.

I’ll be sharing healthy recipes and ingredients as part of this transition too!

Half a banana, a scrambled egg, and two cups of coffee. I use a minimal amount of organic, gmo free coconut oil primarily when cooking on the stove.

A cup of oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon, and handful of raisins.

1/4 cup guacamole wrapped in a warm flour tortilla

3oz of baked cod, a scoop of pinto beans and half of a flour taco tortilla

I did this super fast paced 20 minute kickboxing cardio video;

Post workout shake
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey, 1/2 banana and a tbsp of almond butter.

Day 12

Only 3 days until my half way point. I’ve lost 5lbs which I am thrilled about, as my goal is 10+ so if I reach 10 I will be happy with my results, if I go over 10lbs lost it will be an extra added awesome bonus for me. Today, however, is day 4 with no change in my weight, last weekend of slacking off plateaued me in my 30 days. At least I know that with making healthy snack choices and having an active lifestyle I can maintain my weight lost! Now to kick into even higher gear and drop the rest of this extra weight so I can maintain myself once I reach my goal! As happy as I am with the weight I have lost so far, I am getting a bit annoyed that I have been stuck for 4 days in the midst of my 30 days to body bliss challenge.

Breakfast Shake
1 scoop vanilla raw meal, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 4 strawberries.

Lunch Shake
1 scoop vanilla raw meal, 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk, 3/4 banana and 5 chunks of frozen mango

Snack attack! Nibbled on some cheese with pesto, a few bites of baked chicken, 2 grilled asparagus, and a cup of cottage cheese with cinnamon.

Today I cleaned, actually detailed my car, deep cleaned almost the entire house, and didn’t really have any down time, so I was extremely active so that was my workout, the day!

Day 11

20 days to go, and I am on day 3 of no weight loss change.. this is the true reason why diet AND exercise together are key for actual change. I am excited for the gym tonight to keep the progress going.

2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop of  vanilla raw meal, blended with 2 scoops of plain nancy’s yogurt, and 2 strawberries.

1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal, blended with 2 cups unsweetened almond milk 1/4 scoop chocolate whey powder and 1Tbsp almond butter

Pre-Workout Snack
1egg scrambled and cooked in coconut oil and a few forkfulls of leftover baked chicken from last night.

Turbo jam kickboxing class, 60 minutes. I still felt like a ragdoll during at least half of this class, they move so fast it’s hard to learn the moves in such quick duration! I will get it down eventually.

Post Workout Shake
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate whey powder, 1/4 banana and 1Tbsp peanut butter.

I ended today with two squares of dark chocolate and a small glass of sangria.. maybe on the sangria, I’m still contemplating it 😉 the chocolate however is already half devoured, the second half of it does not stand a chance. Update – did not go for the sangria but I did get snacky and have 1/4 cup of cottage cheese with a dash of cinnamon.

Till tomorrow!

Day 10

..just wrote my recap from day 9. Feeling motivated for a GREAT day today!

Reboot shake! 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 scoop chocolate whey powder and 1/4 scoop vanilla raw meal and 1/4 banana

MORNING Workout:
15 minutes of cardio with a workout video: Denise Austin: Burn Fat Fast Cardio Blast


my new drinking water app

I decided to go back to water reminders.. Trying an app rather than just an alarm. Yes, there are actually apps too keep you hydrated! Crazy world we live in.

Repeat of breakfast with an added tbsp of peanut butter blended in. Also half of a balance bar.

A couple handfuls of veggie chips, a scrambled egg and a small square of dark chocolate.

4 full pieces coconut oil sauteed asparagus, and about 5oz of home baked rosemary lemon chicken.

The drinking water app is great, I have the alert sound set to the same sound as receiving a text message so I am going to pay attention to it. I actually had my 8 glasses today thanks to the reminders 🙂

I know I only managed to do 15 min of cardio today, but it’s better than the past two days not working out at all. Tomorrow is gym day. So far in my 30 days to body bliss, I have only missed 4 days of working out, so tomorrow, I will be making up for at least one of those days by pushing extra hard at the gym. My goal is to not miss another day until I have paid my workout debt by doing either double workout days or just a long killer gym session. Slacking off is only okay if I do not allow myself to get into revolving debt and end up right back where I was. I have not worked this hard to throw it away for laziness.

Till tomorrow! thanks for reading 🙂 🙂

Day 9

Mothers day! Update today might be a little late as we have plans for a full day.

A full day it was! Finally home (almost 10pm). Probably posting around 11pm after we catch up on game of thrones, if not, tomorrow I’ll do a full recap of the day!

Full recap – written on day 10

A good lesson can be learned from the day; holidays, weekends or family plans will happen, and yes, they derail me from my mission, but it does not mean it’s over. It does not mean I have to forget all of my progress and give up, or quit. It was a weekend of fun and meal replacement shakes and workout plans did not fit in. Not because I didn’t have the time, it was because I didn’t make it a priority. This is why it is hard to loose weight and this is why most people don’t even give it a try, they ‘don’t have the time’. I had the time, I just chose not to allocate any to my fitness, and I acknowledge that, and realize that every choice with what I eat and how I exercise is in my total control. And that is why yesterday, day 9, unfolded like this;

2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop vanilla raw meal, 1/2 banana, 3 strawberries

We stopped for lunch on our outing and ate tapas style. The 3 of us ( my husband, toddler and I) shared 4 huge fresh bbq’ed oysters and afterwards, a scoop of strawberry cheesecake ice cream. So I had probably two spoonfulls of ice cream and an oyster and a half. (the other half  of mine I shared with our toddler who amazingly, LOVED the oyster!)

Lunch was extended into a bunch of snacks in the car as we drove around during the little one’s naps. We picked up some hummus, veggie chips, salame, some fruit, and extra water. These were our road trip snacks. We ended up taking a mile walk/hike down to a beach cove and picnicking on our snacks by the water.

I also had a few handfuls of almonds and part of a nature valley granola bar we had packed in the car. I am not sure how much of everything I snacked on but I just nibbled as I was hungry.

Workout today:
A few miles of walking and hauling the little ones around all day!

It’s not a surprise to me that I did not have any positive changes on the scale this morning, although I ate pretty healthy yesterday, I did not put in the extra effort for myself, and in this 30 days, that is just not going to work. SO yes, I enjoyed the holiday with my family, and let go of my rules, but it is just giving me motivation for the next few days to make up for slacking off!

Day 8

Weigh in this morning – down another pound! This is a milestone weight for me, as this is my exact weight I was when I got pregnant with my second baby! I have reached my baseline weigh, not it’s just a matter of getting rid of the fluff as I like to call it. It’s time to get fit!

I got some amazing sleep, as it is Saturday and this is the day I get to sleep in, meaning, my husband gets up with the kids and I can get up whenever. He gets Sundays. It’s a pretty awesome setup!

I am feeling disappointed that I did not workout yesterday, but it still means that I worked out 5/7 days last week so that is still something to be happy about!

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop vanilla raw meal, 1/2 banana, 3 tbsp plain nancy’s yogurt, 1 tbsp peanut butter

I’m calling this my ultimate temptation strawberry banana shake 🙂 made it between a, bag of fresh bagels and a batch of homemade cornbread muffins my husband made for the outing dinner tonight, that he already dove into!

2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop vanilla raw meal, 1/2 a banana and three strawberries.

Temptation avoided!
Huge success!

We are headed over to a friend’s house for dinner today. I am feeling conflicted about my diet now. Do I just eat whatever is for dinner and modify my portion size, or do I just have my shake before we go over and pass on the food all together and stick strictly to my shakes? Although I would be strengthening my willpower by doing this, it also sounds a little obsessive and unrealistic for ‘regular’ life.

I understand that my body bliss 30 day diet, yes it is pretty strict, and pretty extreme, and no, it is not the way I am going to sustain my diet after June 2nd. I will be eating healthy and in moderation with the occasional splurge, because good food is good, and I want to be healthy, fit AND be able to enjoy a special meal every now and then without feeling guilty about it, and be in in control of it, so that just because I have one splurge meal, does not mean the next one, and the next one, and the one after that need to be splurge meals as well. This lunch today could be a good test for my post-30 day challenge lifestyle, to allow myself to enjoy what is served, in moderation, and then return to my own meal plan afterwards. With every splurge meal I have, it will require one more workout that week.

I will update after dinner for a full report.

Post dinner update
I ate what was served, had just a small portion and it was delish! Don’t feel bad or that I undid any progress so far.

Busy weekend is no excuse, I just didn’t make time to work out today.

Meal Replacement Shakes

Here are all of my meal replacement shakes I’ve made so far:

Nutty Banana:
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop vanilla raw meal, 1/2 banana, 3 tbsp plain nancy’s yogurt, 1 tbsp peanut butter

Almond Raspberry:
one full scoop of vanilla raw meal, a handful of frozen raspberries, two cups of unsweetened almond milk and a tablespoon of almond butter.

Chocolate Blackberry:
1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal, a handful of frozen blackberries, two cups of unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder.

Blueberry Bliss:
one full scoop of vanilla raw meal shake , 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk blended with a handful of frozen blueberries. I like this one, just the right amount of sweetness.

Strawberry Banana:
one full scoop of vanilla raw meal shake , 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk blended with two strawberries and half a banana.

Chocolate Peanut Butter:
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of chocolate whey powder bended with a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a banana. mmmm mmm mm.

Chocolate Strawberry Banana:
1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, 1/2 banana and a giant strawberry, blended with 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Berry Creamsicle:
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, blended with 2 scoops of plain nancy’s yogurt, 4 strawberries and one tangerine

Banana Bliss:
1/2 cup of vanilla raw meal shake, blended with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk and half a banana. Pleasantly surprised by the flavor!

Chocolate Banana Berry:
1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, 1/2 a banana and two huge blackberries.

Green Disaster: BLAH – 1/4 cup plain Nancy’s yogurt, 1 cup of lightly sauteed chard, 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake and one giant strawberry.

Vanilla Almond Berry:
2 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake and 6 fresh strawberries.

2 cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, and 6 fresh strawberries.

Vanilla Bliss:
2 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of  vanilla raw meal shake and 1/2 scoop of Vanilla Designer Whey (yes vanilla is a theme today I guess)

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry:
2 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of chocolate whey powder blended with 2 fresh strawberries

Blackberries And Cream:
Shake: 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 3 blackberries, 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk.

Raw Vanilla:
1scoop of vanilla raw meal shake blended with 2cups of unsweetened almond milk (trader joes)

Vanilla Coconut: 2 cups unsweetened almond coconut milk blended with 1 scoop of vanilla designer whey

Creamy Raw Vanilla:
1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake blended with 1 cup of whole organic milk.

First Week Recap and Lessons Learned

The first few days I was pretty hungry, and it really was a challenge. By the end of the week I had allowed myself to be okay with a few bites of treats here and there, and it did not take me off track. I am not saying it’s only to do this consistently, but every now and then, it’s not going to ruin the work I am putting in, so I am okay with that!

I overcame my fear of trying intimidating activities at the gym! Having tried an actual kickboxing class and another class revolving around lifting barbells (I had never even touched one before this week) I can say, if you ever have thought you wanted to but nervous to start – just get your butt in there!! It’s much better than I thought it would be.

I am learning to be patient with my body, weight does not come off overnight by itself. Although I am putting in more effort now that I ever have this consistently in my life, I still need to allow my body to transition into the fit shape I know it is capable of, in the time it takes my body, individually, to get there. My body is not like any else’s. When I am in my best shape and have reached what I consider body bliss for me, my body still might not look like the body I am envisioning now, and I am okay with that too. I am going to continue to love and embrace my shape, as it is now, and in every step of the way until I get there.

Outside accountability is key for my success. This blog is honestly like my personal trainer, I am encouraged to do great every day knowing that I am being held accountable for it, not just by myself and my own goals, not just by the daily encouragement I am receiving from my husband, but from you, blog, and blog readers, because I do not want to fail. I want to inspire. And I will.

Week one, completed, sounds like it should feel like a big accomplishment, but truthfully, it just feels like another successful day in the journey to my body bliss.

Total weight lost in week 1 of my 30 day body bliss goal: 4lbs down! YEAH BABY!

Day 7

Found out some scary cancer news today about a friend that is putting life in perspective again. This news was just a dark cloud over the day. Hoping for the best, will know in a few weeks weather or not we need to rally a fight alongside one of my best friends’ fiance or if we can celebrate just dodging a bullet, so to say.

Back to business – I am going to do another entry tonight about thoughts on my full first week, but for now, here is my daily update;

Shake – one full scoop of vanilla raw meal, a handful of frozen raspberries, two cups of unsweetened almond milk and a tablespoon of almond butter.

DIET FAIL: I did cheat today on my coffee, I had an 8oz caramel mocha from my friends coffee shop on my way to an early mothers day pedicure 🙂 ..and a bite of lemon scone.

Late Lunch:
Shake – 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal, a handful of frozen blackberries, two cups of unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder.

A bowl of coconut oil sauteed kale.

my square inch of…aaaaaaa! I’m out of chocolate! Guess I will be skipping it tonight.

Nothing yet.. will do something in between little ones to bed and Friday night chill out movie night with my husband. I will update post workout!

workout update – fell asleep. no workout today 😦


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Day 6

Feeling a bit sore still from all of the kickboxing the last two days, but also feeling rested and ready for another great body bliss day. Great sleep last night!

Shake – one full scoop of vanilla raw meal shake , 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk blended with a handful of frozen blueberries. I like this one, just the right amount of sweetness.

Shake – one full scoop of vanilla raw meal shake , 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk blended with two strawberries and half a banana.

3/4 cup cottage cheese with a few dashes of cinnamon, cheat bite of my toddler’s bagel and cream cheese by an adorable “oooopen mommy!!” request.

e2809cimagee2809d-2014-05-08-at-7-04-01-pmWorkout today:
Going to the gym. Hoping to make a 5:30 class as long as my husband gets home from work and the gym in time for me to make it! If I miss the class, I’ll do my own routine.

Made the class! It was Les Mills Body Pump 60 minute class, first time ever using a barbell, a little intimidating but once the class started my confidence level was high. I felt pretty much every muscle of my body burning multiple times, I am going to be sooo awesomely sore tomorrow!

Post Workout Dinner Shake:
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of chocolate whey powder bended with a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a banana. mmmm mmm mm.

…and yes, I will have my chocolate for desert tonight.

till tomorrow!

Body re-set, Body after Baby, and Dieting after Breastfeeding

I feel like the process with this diet and exercise routine is a body re-set. I am reflecting today on how I was before my first pregnancy and how when I was close to the end of my pregnancy, looking at photos of myself pre-baby, realized that I was so critical of myself for the smallest, most unnoticeable things to anyone but myself. (a bit of a pudge on my belly here, or an extra giggle on my butt there, just thinking of all of those body frustration days in the closet where I couldn’t find a single thing to wear that I felt comfortable in. I am reflecting how I felt about my body before kids and wishing I was as comfortable in my own skin then as I am now after two pregnancies in under 2 years!

I knew we wanted our kids close in age so I really did just let myself be lazy between both of my pregnancies, I didn’t really do much fitness wise at all. Health wise, we eat very well, meaning consciously and healthfully, opting for GMO free and organic as often as possible, with the weekly splurge on whatever. I can’t say I regret not working out, and not keeping myself fit throughout my pregnancies, because I don’t regret it 😉 I enjoyed feeling pregnant and being healthy with my food while I was pregnant, but also enjoying putting my feet up and just allowing my body to work on growing babies!

It was much easier for me to loose weight after having my first child, I was able to breastfeed for almost a year, and within 6 months I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight without any extra exercise. This time around, I was not so lucky, I had an oversupply issue, then baby reflux, then not enough milk, I was staying hydrated and even tried fenugreek, mothers milk tea, and a few other ‘solutions’ to get my supply back up, and even with all of that, I was only able to pump an ounce every few hours. For a couple weeks, 5x’s a day, I was working with my baby up to an hour at a time of trying to nurse in order to fill up, only resulting in hunger cries, a formula bottle and me attached to the pump for at least 40 minutes afterwards to only get an ounce bottled. After a couple weeks of that routine, it was time to let it go and switch completely to formula (we opt to use earth’s best organic).

By the end of my efforts, I was only able to breastfeed this time for the first three months. My baby is now a healthy, thriving 6 month old, and I am happy with the transition now because of that, but the feelings of mommy guilt for not being able to provide my second child with the same incredible nutrition I was able to provide my first, and disappointment in my body from not being able to feed my baby were emotionally crushing and hard to cope with initially. Now I am comfortable with it enough to talk about it, and I am not ashamed that we use formula, I am happy and fulfilled being able to provide food for both of our children, and watch them grow, regardless if I create the food from my own body or choose the best foods for them from other sources! There is no failure in that.

So all of that said, my extra potential calories I’d be burning now if I were still nursing, I feel like I can make up for by cutting them out with this diet. I would have been burning them anyway!

Day 5

Morning weigh in, down another lb! I’m beginning to get hooked. This is awesome. The real reveal will be when I do my measurements on Friday. Although I’m getting used to this new routine now, that also means I am getting to comfortable and knowing me, I may find it easier to cheat and derail from my diet. I need to keep reminding myself that is only for 30 days, I need to sick with this. 25 days left.

Shake – 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, 1/2 banana and a giant strawberry, blended with 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Also 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with cinnamon.



Shake – 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, blended with 2 scoops of plain nancy’s yogurt, 4 strawberries and one tangerine

SNACK ATTACK!! 4oz of tofu, 1 scrambled egg, and a few bites of chicken breast leftover from my toddler’s lunch. (it just looked so gooood!) and yep, I dove in to my chocolate early, and had my square inch of dark chocolate for lunch too.

I am feeling the effects of my turbo jam class from last night. my arms and back especially are sore, but sore is better than feeling lazy!

Shake – 1/2 cup of vanilla raw meal shake, blended with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk and half a banana. Pleasantly surprised by the flavor!

Workout Plan for Today:
I am going to try, Fitness Kickboxing Workout, it sounds the least intimidating video on instant video, at least for now 😉 The other kickboxing video I will watch next.. Complete Kickboxing 1: The Essentials Just FYI also, all of the workout videos I watch are basically free. I just get them streaming free through amazon instant video because we have an amazon prime membership that gives me access to all of these fitness videos.

Actual workout today – a brisk 30 minute super speed walk around my neighborhood. When I say super speed, I mean feet pounding the pavement, heart pumping, arms swinging one click away from a jog. A video is still possible but gotta get these kids to sleep first.. the day just got away from me!

Now I’m faced with the challenge again. Its 840 pm I’m laying on the couch, first time I’ve put my feet up all day, kids are finally asleep. I really would love to see what’s on our dvr, veg out and watch TV with a glass of sangria and an evening snack..

wpid-wp-1399522077451So what did I do? Turned on that kickboxing video. It’s now 9pm and I fit in a 20 minute cardio blast before veg time. Chugging water and snacking on garlic lime yogurt dip and fresh carrot sticks. Recipe below:

Two heaping spoonfuls of plain lowfat nancys yogurt, 4 dashes of dill, 2 dashes of pink Himalayan sea salt, a squeeze of lime juice and a freshly minced garlic clove.

Signing off, couch potato time, and bonus for me, American idol is only half way through! Yah for our dvr and working out so I can skip the commercials! I’m rooting for Alex this season.

Peace and love…. and body bliss. Goodnight!

Confession: I am an awkward, out of shape newbie at the gym.

Although I’ve had stints of time before at the gym, I never really became quite comfortable with the gym atmosphere, and now I am on my 3rd gym membership in my life, (I typically join, and then move on 6 months afterwards to resume lazy life). This time is different, this time I am doing this to achieve my body bliss, so workout out is no longer an option for me, it’s a requirement. Simple as that.

Being now, what I consider the most out of shape I’ve ever been in my life, I see my body now as a blank slate, one I can sculpt into the one I’ve always wanted. Afterall,  I am the only one who can.

All of that being said, I wanted to share some things I find the most awkward and uncomfortable about going to the gym as an out of shape newbie. I am blogging this (and will continue to add to this post) in hopes that maybe I am not alone, and hopefully to inspire anyone reading, who has felt these things and allowed them to keep you from going back to the gym, to try again, and know that you are not the only one feeling like an outsider while you are working out! It’s okay!

… I will be adding to this later this evening, but here are my topics:

1. Really with the adduction machine? I feel like I’m at the gynecologist wearing yoga pants. Yes, I want to define the muscles on the inside of my legs but there has to be another way. (self reply – there is! I am SOOO doing this from now on!)

2. When I sit down at a weight machine, the names of which, I am constantly forgetting, and the pin holding in the amount of weight is set at the very lowest hole, meaning the most amount of weight, then I proceed to put the pin in the very top hole cause all I can handle is the lightest amount of weight.

The flip side of this, is how awesome it feels when I can start to move those pins down! Progress, one hole at a time.

3. I understand there is a need to shower at the gym, and once you shower, there is a need to get out of the shower, drop your towel and re-dress yourself. But why, oh WHY do some women feel the need to lounge around in the locker room post shower in the NUDE?! I get it, if you are that comfortable with your body, good for you, that is awesome, but really?! Can you make your nude time post shower as short as the time you stand around naked pre- shower – like, unm just enough time to transition from gym clothes into the shower? I don’t ever see you all post workout stinky and pre-shower just hangin’ around.. what’s the difference after your shower?  GET DRESSED! I do not want to see your stranger danger body nakedness. Were you all stippers in your youth and in turn, now don’t care than strangers see your bushels of down there hair and droopy boobies? Get dressed, please!

4. more thoughts will be added! Check back 🙂

Day 4

Last night I got MUCH more sleep than the night before, I was still up 3 times but that is pretty typical with a baby for me. I am feeling ready to have another successful day towards body bliss.. and it started out amazing as well! GREAT NEWS my morning weigh in: I lost another pound!! Down 2 lbs since May 2nd! (8lbs to go for my 30 day goal, 25lbs to go for my body bliss goal)

Had the second half of the shake form last night (2 cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, and 6 fresh strawberries.) ..and my morning 8oz coffee with organic half n half and hazelnut torani.

Shake: 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, 1/2 a banana and two huge blackberries.

I am feeling surprisingly energetic and not hungry! Just got the kids down for naps so it’s time for my home workout. Day 4 is getting easier, not as many hunger cravings and I am feeling generally more motivated today!


dinner & post workout shake in progress

Shake: 1/4 cup plain Nancy’s yogurt, 1 cup of lightly sauteed chard, 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake and one giant strawberry. This was my least favorite tasting shake so far. I drank half, then after my workout tonight, I added 1/2 scoop of chocolate whey powder and topped it off with another cup of almond milk. Tasted much better, and gave me a little protein boost after my workout!

Workout Plan for Today:
Workout Video (video TBD) this morning and gym tonight!

So no workout video time today at home, did an outing with my little ones and before I knew it, cleaning the house yada yada, anyway, I made up for it with a killer workout at the gym tonight.

I started in the spin room on a bike for 15 minutes of HIIT, then went into the weight room where I used the following for a total of 2 minutes each; leg adduction, tricep press, leg press and abdominal

After that it was time for my first Turbo Jam Kickboxing class.. I saw the schedule for this and it said it started at 5:30, and there was another class starting at 6, so I thought, oh, a 30 min kick boxing class, that will be prefect. I reached the heart pounding, blood pumping 30 minute mark and she (the instructor) kept going! Yup, it was a 60 minute class. The 6pm class was in another room. Did I leave half way? Nope. I kicked that turbo jam in the ass and left feeling pretty accomplished.

I have to add though, being a first timer in any workout class is a bit confusing, overwhelming and awkward to say the least. By my second or and third spin class I felt like a regular, and I am hoping it’s the same for me with kickboxing, cause holy crapola, that was an amazing workout.

If you have been reading along, you can probably guess it. Yep, my square inch of dark chocolate.

Day 3

Sleep, such an important thing, especially when you are on a diet and fitness plan! Unfortunately, my kids had another plan for me last night. I am running on caffeine this morning as a result. I got barely 4hrs of sleep, all interrupted. So not the best way to start the morning, but I am changing that with my choices starting with another awesome breakfast, and a plan of attack for the day.

2 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake and 6 fresh strawberries. Along with my shake, i had 2 cups of coffee with 2 tbsp of half n half and a tbsp of hazelnut torani.

The ninja blender it awesome, it has single serve blender attachment so I don’t have to clean out the entire pitcher every time I make one of my shakes. One of my friends had one and I used it while we were staying with them on vacation and was totally hooked. You can see the specs of our ninja by clicking here. They have one with a tad less power (click here to see that one) and a really upgraded one that was a little too pricey for me (click here for the info on the super professional one)

2 cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder, and 6 fresh strawberries. (I only drank half) with my shake, I had 1/4 cup of cottage cheese and half of a smoked rib that my husband made, I couldn’t resist trying one!

Workout Plan for Today:
Something at home, either a workout video, running our stairs and jumping jacks.. not sure yet, but it will be at least a 40 minute workout today.

Fail. Didn’t workout today. I did however, snack on a couple slices of kiwi (I love kiwi, been eating it my whole life) only to be met with a weird tingling sensation at the back of my tongue, followed by throat tightening, dizziness, light headedness, and a rash on my arms and chest. Immediately followed by a family trip to the drugstore for some Benadryl and me chugging a lot of water! The symptoms are gone, took about an hour to feel normal again. I’ve never had a major allergic reaction like that ever in my life, scary, unexpected, and now I get to worry about kiwi 😦 allergy testing soon to see just how serious this is for me.

Its 8:30pm, and I’m going to sleep! Hopefully catch up on a few of the zzz’s I missed last night.

Quit Counting Calories’ll-Quit-Counting-Calories-For-Good+

This is one of my favorite blogs right now, and this article is great, here are some of my favorite excerpts:

Calories from nutrient rich foods vs. nutritionally-bankrupt ones from processed or refined carbs will have different effects on the body.  Healthy, nutrient rich foods will keep hunger at bay, help maintain stable blood sugar levels, minimize cravings and enable your brain to signal your belly that it’s full. Nutrient poor foods will have the opposite effect, wreaking hormonal havoc, spiking insulin, setting off cravings, dulling satiety signals and encouraging overeating. In other words, nutrient dense foods help keep weight in check naturally, no calculator required.

Trade hunger, calorie-counting and denial, for filling, nutrient-dense, organic or local produce, poultry, pasture-raised meats and wild fish. Eat them until you are full, not until you’ve hit some abstract, virtually meaningless magic number. By eating these kinds of foods, your body will tell you when you’ve had enough. Refined carbs like wheat, grains and sugar – the crystal meth of the supermarket aisle – never will.

There is abundant evidence to show that low-carb diets generally satisfy far more effectively than high-carb ones. At the top of the satiety superstar list are the “good” fats like coconut oil, avocados, nuts, wild fish and grass fed, organic meats, which help balance hormonal and metabolic responses, in addition to being delicious additions to any plate.

Why blog something this personal? Seeking public support is the BEST accountability for me!

I just wanted to say thanks, to those of my friends and family who asked to see my blog via facebook, and my followers on pinterest who found my blog through there as well, thank you to anyone reading this right now, for helping me publicize this crazyness I am undertaking with this change in myself.

Although I have tried this in the past on my own, behind closed doors, with the support of my husband, of course, I found it so easy to just snack away and be lazy during the day, being home all day with the kids. The kitchen is my biggest challenge right now, as I cook and prepare meals for my family multiple times a day and it’s so easy to just not watch what I am eating, and to feel tired at the end of the day from everything going on in my life, not making time for the gym a priority.

There is something powerful about exposing myself in this way to the outside world, it’s a little bit scary, and awkward, actually revealing my weight and not so flattering angles of my body for you all to see and respond to. But I found that just in the past 2 days, I am feeling more comfortable being out there, and saying not just to my mirror, ‘hey, get in shape already!’

So thank you for helping hold me accountable for this 30 day journey, thank you for your support and for giving me another reason not to quit this time before the job is done.

p.s. let me hear who you are! …please leave a comment for me! (comment link is at the TOP of this post above the title)

Day 2

Weigh in this morning, down one pound!! Yeah!

I am working on finishing the other half of the raw meal shake from last night, it got really thick overnight in the fridge and is almost like a milkshake consistency. Update – I couldn’t finish it, the word ‘sludgy’ kept popping into my head while I was drinking it, I had half. My breakfast ended up also including 1/4 cup of cottage cheese with cinnamon, and 2 cups of coffee with 2 tbsp of half n half and a tbsp of hazelnut torani.

2 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of  vanilla raw meal shake and 1/2 scoop of Vanilla Designer Whey (yes vanilla is a theme today I guess)

So far I am feeling fine, meaning, not crazy hungry like I was yesterday, I am still drinking 2 cups of water every 2 hours, and although I am peeing a ton, I know it’s great for my body to be this hydrated. Before this alarm set in my phone (courtesy of my husband) as a reminder to drink water, I, shamefully, am terrible about drinking enough water during the day! So that alone is making me feel great!



2 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk with 1/2 scoop of chocolate whey powder blended with 2 fresh strawberries

Jillian Michaels workout videobanish fat boost metabolism, I worked harder than any other session with it, and I could barely walk upstairs when I was done. I say that was pretty successful. Check out these fitness videos I have access to basically for free with our amazon prime membership (thanks hubby!) This is where I find all of my home workouts.

Shake: 1/2 scoop of vanilla raw meal shake, 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 3 blackberries, 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk. I also grilled a half cup of sliced mushrooms in coconut oil and balsamic vinegar and ate them with a couple spoonfuls of homemade guacamole. It was delish! And I also had my square inch of dark chocolate for desert.


I am having super lazy fast food, yep you read that right.

Ironic that the fastest food can be the best for you. I’ve found a new Meal Replacement shake for the first part of my routine. It’s called Raw Meal Beyond Organic Meal Replacement Formula. I got the vanilla one to start with.

GOL-11602-3I am not sure how I will feel with this shake, if I will still crave chewable food or not, we will see after tonight. I had my first shake for lunch after the gym today (just 1 scoop not 2, blended with unsweetened almond milk). Will have another for dinner tonight. Breakfast this morning was coffee and 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with cinnamon.

The shake tastes alright, a bit of an acquired taste though, I can tell it will take a couple days to get used to it.. I might try throwing some berries or something else in with it for another layer of flavor.

So what is in this new diet shake o’ mine? Lots of good stuff, and it’s all certified organic and verified GMO free!

I had to look up the definitions of the following ingredients in it to see what the benefits are, I had not heard of any of these, but they sound amazing. For more info on this product, click here.

Ingredients: Organic RAW Sprout Blend (organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted brown rice sweetener (from organic brown rice), organic amaranth sprout, organic quinoa sprout, organic millet sprout, organic buckwheat sprout, organic garbanzo bean sprout, organic lentil sprout, organic adzuki bean sprout, organic flax seed sprout, organic sunflower seed sprout, organic pumpkin seed sprout, organic chia seed sprout, organic sesame seed sprout), Organic RAW Flax and Coconut Blend (organic flax flour, organic coconut flour), RAW Natural Vanilla Flavor, RAW Green Food and Fruit Blend (organic oat grass juice, organic spirulina, high protein chlorella, organic alfalfa grass juice, organic barley grass juice, organic wheat grass juice, organic strawberry, organic cherry, organic blackberry, organic blueberry, organic raspberry), RAW Enzyme and Probiotic Blend (bacillus coagulans, proteases, amylase, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, lipase, pectinase, peptidase, bromelain, phytase, hemicellulase, beta-glucanase, papain, cellulase, xylanase, diastase, invertase), Brewers yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae), lactobacillus bulgaricus. Contains Tree nuts (coconut).

bacillus coagulans
increases the body’s immune response to viruses that cause common viral respiratory tract infections such as colds and flu.

Protease enzymes improve the digestibility and availability of proteins

Amylase is a digestive enzyme that acts on starch in food, breaking it down into smaller carbohydrate molecules.

The biggest benefit of lactase enzymes is, of course, for the proper digestion of lactose

Glucoamylase is one type of enzyme that can break down starches into glucose, which is absorbable and usable

Alpha galactosidase is an enzyme used in digesting sugars in vegetables and grains.

Lipase is an enzyme that breaks down dietary fats into smaller molecules called fatty acids and glycerol

Pectinase is a group of enzymes that break down a central part of plant cell walls

Heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease may be reduced when the amount of peptidase in the body is increased. Since it can neutralize the biochemical substances linked to the inflammatory response, blood vessels will be healthier

Because it is considered a proteolytic enzyme, Bromelain has the capability to fight off inflammation which may affect the tissues and organs in the body. It helps the body be cleansed from harmful toxins. It also helps prevent blood clotting and improve food and nutrient digestion. Bromelain is also effective in fighting off viral and bacterial activities in the human body.

Phytase is one of the many essential enzymes necessary for the digestive process, and a key enzyme for bone health. Commonly found in plant material, phytase is a natural enzyme often used for breaking down and increasing the nutritional quality of grains, legumes, seeds and corn

Some research suggests that an increase in this enzyme can help prevent and reduce yeast infestations such as Candida, improves digestive capability, One 2005 study published in the Animal Science Journal found that hemicellulase could boost overall health.

Beta-glucanase is an enzyme that has been found to be particularly useful in reducing the coating or biofilm of Candida that can grow in the digestive tract.

Boosts digenstion, supports immune system, antioxidant

Aids in the hydrolysis of cellulose into energy-sustaining blood sugar that may help maintain optimal blood sugar levels, Helps keep cholesterol in the blood stream at optimal levels, Supports cell membranes to keep them healthy from free radicals, toxic chemicals, and other entities that are harmful to cell membranes.

Better digestion of plant-based foods which may help to increase availability of nutrients, Help to reduce gas or intestinal discomfort from eating some some difficult-to-digest plant foods such as beans, cereals, and fibrous vegetables

Diastase supplements are taken to aid digestion and boost the metabolization of sugars.

invertase’s ability to break down (hydrolyze) the bond between fructose and glucose makes it a vital part of the digestion of complex sugars into blood sugar (glucose) which can be used as a ready fuel source by the body

lactobacillus bulgaricus
lactobacillus bulgaricus is a helpful natural bacterium, and a member of the family microflora, that can fight harmful bacteria that may invade your digestive system. L. bulgaricus is a specific type of micro-organism that is known as a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms, which, may provide numerous health benefits,

*RAW Food-Created Nutrients
**RAW Food-Chelated Minerals

Contains NO: gluten, dairy, lactose, fillers, isolates, synthetic nutrients, artificial sweeteners or preservatives.