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30 Day TurboFire Results and Challenge!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Iím four pounds down thanks to TurboFire and have lost 9-inches in my first month completion of TurboFire.

Now I am currently 6 weeks into TurboFire and love every minute of it. Iíve finally found a workout program that I look forward to doing each and everyday. It never gets old!

Week one of TurboFire was all about pressing play. I made a conscious effort to be present in my workouts, punch harder, and kick higher. Within the last two weeks I have realized that pressing play isnít the hard part for me in this transformation to a healthier meÖ it really never was. Working out never seemed to me hard for me. Unfortunately for some people working out is worst thing known to mankindÖ some people just donít enjoy sweating.

Why is it that our tendency is to focus on the things that come easy to us?

I soon realized that I needed to stop focusing on the things that come so naturally and start focusing on the more challenging areas on my life that are holding me back in fitnessÖ The Kitchen!

Food has always been a struggle for me. I love my ice cream, I love my French fries, and I love love love my carbs. Do I fully need to give them up? No, but moderation is key and when I say moderation I donít mean eating all these things in moderation once a day.

For the past few weeks I have made a conscious effort to eat completely ďClean.Ē Reaching for the fruit and not the bagel. Preparing Cottage Cheese as a snack and not a hand full of chips. Iíve even made a conscious effort to stop stealing that one fry off my husbandís plateÖ SO HARD!

You might be saying that itís only one fry, however I tend to do this daily and it ALL adds up in calories! Got to love Ė The know how to show the real nasty side of your calorie intake if you arenít careful !

I have noticed my body start to transform even more since eating more greens and fruits, laying off the high carb snakes, and reaching more for water. I canít wait for my Shakeology to arrive and see the transformation my body goes through with this protein drink!

I love learning how to master my metabolismÖ Itís like a game to me.

My results have been so remarkable that I have decided to put together a TurboFire Challenge. If you are interested, email me at for more details. I always say, groups are so much more fun in loosing weight rather than alone. emoticon emoticon

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 6/29/2012 8:51AM

    emoticon on the inches and pounds lost!! keep it up!!

my hardest struggle is food too. it is VERY hard to consistently tell yourself that moderation is key. I always want to overindulge.

Keep up the great work!!

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GYMGURLIE 6/28/2012 11:25AM

    Thanks! It's been a work in progress but I am so excited to finally see change

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CEKNIGHT 6/28/2012 10:59AM

    Congratulations on your achievments! Keep up the great work!

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Work

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I haven't blogged on here in a really long long. I figure I would write a short cap on my life before heading back to work for my last night shift till... well, Wednesday. You would think that when I say I only work 3 days a week that I would have tons of time to live life. However, I feel the completely opposite. I end up sleeping my life away on my days off. I think I am going to try and work three days in a row that way I can have at least a day to recover and then enjoy a few days off before heading back to the hospital. Right now my days are all split up so by the time I recover, I'm heading back.

* Here is a pic of my husband visiting me one night *

Working out has been my main struggle these days. . . hints me sleeping my life away. I don't know if I'm just really tired or if these night shifts have put me into a depressed mode. It's just so hard to get out of bed, let alone to the gym and exert more energy than what I feel like I really have.

This past week I was able to make it into the gym 3 times. This is a lot for me since starting the night shifts. However, I had no problem working out 6-7 days a week when working days. So while I praise myself for working out 3 days last week, I come to you asking for help. Asking for advice on how I can get more discipline in my life when all energy is drained and I just feel like I don't have the strength to do just about anything but get myself to the cough for some TV before I realize that I've fallen asleep yet again. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

On the up hand, one of the only things that I have enjoyed doing these days is baking. NOT A GOOD COMBINATION. Sleeping and eating is what I do these days. One of my favorite recipes lately has been Pumpkin Bread. These is a recipe on that I have fallen in love with however it calls for 3 cups of sugar and multiple sticks of butter.

After several attempts at making this recipe low fat, I have found the perfect recipe. A Pumpkin Spice Muffin with only 100 calories. I guess if I am going to be sleeping all the time, at least I can enjoy my favorite sweets without the calories.

You can find the recipe at

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KATYMARIA 11/9/2011 11:11AM

    Yum! Those muffins look amazing!

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LAMARY9 10/16/2011 10:36PM

    Loooove pumpkin muffins. Lower calorie is a definite winner. I too have done the all recipes version. Thank you for sharing.

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JENNFIT24 10/16/2011 9:17PM

    That recipe looks delicious! This might sound rather un-sparkish (if that is a word) but why do you need to work out more often when you know you are short on sleep? Unless you are always on nights, I wouldn't worry too much about it. The pumpkin muffins look delicious:)

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Corazonas Oatmeal Square Giveaway

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Hey All,
I just wanted to let you know that I am having a giveaway over at for a package of Corazonas Oatmeal Squares.

The company was gracious enough to send me a package in review and they are great. I wanted to let you all have the opportunity to win. All you have to do is go to
and comment there on the flavor you would like to try. For an additional entry, you can blog about the giveaway on your sparkepeople blog!

Hope you all are having a great 4th of July Weekend!


Losing Weight as A Night Nurse

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The odds seem to be against me in losing weight while working on night shift. All the research that I have done has pointed to elevated obesity rates in night shift workers. And while vending machines and junk food and one of the major culpits, so is the human body's make.

There are just some things that are out of my control as far as the effect my body takes on from being up all night long and coming home to sleep at 8am, only to wake up a few hours later since my circadian rhythm is so out of wack... then to go back in for another 12 hour shift. Research has show that staying up all night low slows down the metabolism and screws up hormones... all which lead to weight gain.

So, do I throw my hands in the air and give up? Heck no, I refuse to be another night shift nurse statistic. I refuse to let my body win. Will it be hard, heck yes it will be hard. I'm going against my natural bodies reaction to shut down and store fat. That is why I have taken matters into my own hands to ensure I see the scale go down and not up.

How am I going to do this?

Well I greated a game plan which you can see on my own personal blog at

Among the game plan which I just started yesterday... well, this morning was working out right when I get home. It was one of the toughest workouts I have ever done. Tough mentally that is. I opted to do a Tae Bo workout video instead of hitting up the gym. I figured the video would keep my mind focused rather than treading along on the treadmill only wishing to be snuggled up in my bed.

Walking up to my house I kept contemplating if I should workout... My whole self was begging not to. Growing up you are always taught to think before doing anything, however I feel that this is one MAJOR exception! So, the mind switch was shut off and on went the video.

It was only 5 minutes into the video that I started feeling great. My body was moving and the sweat was dripping. After an hour of working out I quickly jumped in the shower, ate some egg white and hit the bed... HARD!

I usually can only sleep 3-4 hours inbetween shifts... don't ask me why. However, since I was completely exhausted from not only staying up all night but working out, I slept soundly for 7 hours. I was shocked when I looked at my alarm clock.

I guess exercise is good for more than just burning calories... It's one of the healthiest sleeping aids that has worked thus far. Cheers to Working out Exhausted!

So tell me, how do you workout when you are completely exhausted?

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REDEMILY 6/30/2011 7:11AM

    Good work making it through your workout when you did not feel like it. And I bet getting enough sleep was good too! I will definitely be checking out your other blog as well! I love reading people's blogs!

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Mindless Eating / Binging

Thursday, August 26, 2010

As you might have noticed from my status update that last night I totally went over my calorie range! One thing that i've been noticing lately is that I am an emotional eater and I eat when I'm completely full. Last night we went out to dinner at Oreganos... the best Italian restaurant out in Phoenix, AZ! I came home completely stuffed, but there was a huge bag of Gold Fish lying in the living room that was given to us from the college students (my husband is a resident director for a college, so we live in a dorm). The bag was calling my name all night long. The temptation was no where to be found until my friends all left and my husband ran to the office to print some papers off for work around 10pm.

The bag is half gone :(
What's up with that? I don't know where that came from! I was completely full and satisfied from Oreganos and was at the limit of my calories. Now I'm 500 calories over and I raided the entire kitchen. There must be something deeper than just this.

Well today I'm vowing that for the next Month... up till the end of September, I am going to be Binge Free! Hopefully you all will keep me accountable and I will be updating on here every few days to keep you in touch with how I am doing.

... hopefully those dang 500+ calories that I went over on won't make me gain weight :( I was finally starting to feel a difference in my clothes.

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NISSANGIRL 8/28/2010 7:35AM

    I don't know what is in the water but I also have had the munchies the last few days and it is very disappointing. All we can do is start fresh and not give up. I threw out all the junk food in my house so I won't have them calling my name at night. LOL, Good luck, Ann emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KJT1985 8/26/2010 10:53AM

    I'm the same way sometimes. An emotional eater AND closet eater I suppose- It's easier/more common if nobody is around because then I don't have to feel guilty in front of them. Mostly I just try to keep myself busy. I tell myself "If you still want that after you do the dishes and fold the laundry then you can have it". More often than not i've forgotten by then. Staying busy helps keep me from overeating and burns more calories so how can you beat that?! Good luck with staying binge free!!

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FROSTYQUEEN222 8/26/2010 9:42AM

    I have the same problem, so I know what you're going through! Tomorrow is a new day and you can get back on track easily! Be proud of the success you have achieved so far!

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WYOBZM 8/26/2010 8:29AM

    emoticon I have been known to do the same thing, Over and over I say I am not hungry, I do not need to eat. Then I eat whatever just to prove to myself I can eat anything I want whenever I want. Than I suffer, beat myself up, feel sleepy and depressed. After three weeks of that a few months ago I had to stop. I have been binge free for over 2 months now. Next time your want to eat MAKE PRETEND YOU ALREADY ATE IT! Have a big glass of water and beat yourself up for eating it even though you really didn't OR you can be proud of yourself you had control. It is all a mind game. Good luck and keep blogging on how it is going. emoticon

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SIERRA924 8/26/2010 7:35AM

    It will be hard but just remember not to let one day ruin your whole week! Its a day to day struggle so thats how you have to take it!

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