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My Inspiration and Workout Plan

Thursday, December 04, 2014

My inspiration is....


I've gained 15 lbs since July, and I want this girl back.

Here's my plan:

Monday rest day

Tuesday boxing

Wednesday walk 3-5 miles + core

Thursday boxing

Friday walk 3-5 miles + core

Saturday boxing

Sunday yoga + long walk

* aim to walk 1-2 miles every day, 10,000 steps

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AMBER281 12/14/2014 3:39PM

    You can do it!!

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LINDAKAY228 12/5/2014 11:41AM

    I know you can do it! You are strong and awesome!

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DJ4HEALTH 12/4/2014 10:37PM

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PRETTYPITHY 12/4/2014 8:25PM

    Look at that girl! She has got this. YOU have got this!

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MELYROD18 12/4/2014 7:15PM

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RANAF222 12/4/2014 4:46PM

    Good plan!

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BEINGERIN 12/4/2014 3:53PM

    Fantastic! You can do it, for sure!!

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Time to Be My Own Super Hero

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On Sunday, 11/16 I started the 100 day challenge, I saw the video on Spark of the mother and daughter, and it inspired me. So for the next 100 days (I'm on Day 4), I will try to stay in my calorie range, workout for at least 10 minutes, get my freggies and water in. And I know I won't be perfect, but my goal is to be healthy.

(Ready to be inspired? Video of mother/daughter team here)


Well, I weigh myself mid-week, and with a 5 lb. gain last week due to TOM, I was hoping for a big loss since I'm on Day 4 (because everything happens overnight, right? lol).

Well, I lost 3 lb. from the 5 lbs. of water weight, however from my weight before that, I'm up 3 lbs. This was depressing. It reminded me why I didn't step on the scale for a few months. But for me, the scale is a necessary tool. I believe that without it is how I gained 15+ lbs., because I lost focus. Also I am frustrated because of the 2 yr. plateau I was in after losing 100 lbs....even during marathon training I didn't lose one pound. But I didn't expect the scale to go up. I think it's safe to say that I gave up. Thus, the 15-20 lb. weight gain.

Now, the scale does NOT define me. It's a tool. But it sure can make me feel bad.

But then I asked myself -- would I do this anyway, even if I never lost weight?

And the answer is a resounding YES.

I FEEL better when I'm healthy.

And health is the ultimate goal. Not a pants size (though I won't lie, that would be nice)....NOT a number on the scale....I am ME no matter what. But I want to be the BEST me, and what that looks like is someone who takes care of themself, who takes the time to get workouts in, who takes time to plan healthy meals, who takes time out with their family in a healthy way.

SO I am in it to fight.

And I am a walk leader, a running coach. This is the perfect opportunity to see what works for ME - yes, I lost over 100 lbs., 3 yrs. ago and kept it off for 3 yrs. I do remember what I did, but this is an OPPORTUNITY to REDISCOVER how to heal myself, how to motivate myself, and through that, I can relern how to motivate others -- everyone could use a refresher in that! And the injury to my back from running has me on the sidelines, so I'm only walking right now, and I am re-learning all of the benefits from that. It's a win/win. It's all in how we look at things. I am going to choose to look at the positive side. What's the alternative? Continue down the slope into depression, be back where I started 5 yrs. ago? No. That is NOT an option. I am choosing to love myself instead, as I am now, and making the changes necessary to transform myself.

I AM a super hero, I am my own super hero. We all need to motivate ourselves, and I am going to be the best cheerleader for myself. No negative self talk. Only positive vibes here.

And I know it will take time. And that is OK. Because it is ME time. Time spent well. And I am WORTH IT.

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AMBER281 11/28/2014 11:30PM

    Great blog!!

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IGSBETH 11/22/2014 12:26PM

    What a great blog!

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LINDAKAY228 11/22/2014 10:08AM

    Great blog and I know you can do it. You really are your own Superhero!!

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/20/2014 8:58AM

    This is such a great blog and I think your attitude is spot on! I'm excited for you!!

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POOKASLUAGH 11/19/2014 8:26PM

    You know, I've heard so many times that training for half marathons and marathons often lead to weight gain, and make losing weight nearly impossible. I had the same experience when I was training for my half. Makes me wonder why that is!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 11/19/2014 5:39PM

    All of this. All of it.

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BEINGERIN 11/19/2014 12:20PM



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RANAF222 11/19/2014 12:11PM

    Vey inspirational blog! Thank you!

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Holiday Recipe Makeover: Egg Nog Latte

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I LOVE this day of the year. The day that Starbucks releases it's Egg Nog Latte. It is SO good. But also SO bad for you.

Did you know that Eggnog lattes that have more calories, fat and sugar than a food court cinnamon roll!!

Here's the "skinny" from www.blisstree.com:

"Other seasonal latte flavors like peppermint mocha and gingerbread are named after candy and dessert; you should walk into one of those knowing that youíll incur some damage. But eggnog? Itís just another kind of milk! Right? Not really. A A 16-ounce Starbucks eggnog latte without whipped cream is so full of fat and sugar that you might as well be eating a Minibon from your mallís food court: It has more calories, sugar and fat than a cream cheese frosting-drizzled, buttery round of dough. "

Check out the nutrition facts:

■Minibon Roll: 350 calories, 14g fat, 7g saturated fat, 51g carbohydrates, 24g sugar
■Eggnog Latte: 460 calories, 21g fat, 12g saturated fat, 53g carbohydrates, 48g sugar

Shocking, I know.

Here are some tips from Blisstree to lower the fat:

■Size it down. Sixteen ounces sounds nice in theory, but really: who wants all that milk?
■Skip the whip. Always. We know you really like it. But those nutrition facts above are already assuming that youíve foregone the sugary whipped cream topping.
■Remember the Minibon. If youíd rather have an eggnog latte than a cinnamon roll, half pint of Ben & Jerryís, or other dessert, thatís fine. But just remember that nutritionally, itís no better for your body. Itís still a load of sugar and fat that you should consider a special treat instead of a daily reward. If holiday shopping or end-of-year deadlines are stressing you out, come up with a way to de-stress and reward yourself that doesnít involve close to 500 calories, 21 grams of fat, and 48 grams of sugar.

Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2011/11/29/food/n

However...my plan is to revamp it. I found a recipe online that I plan to execute this week.

This is so easy to make. If you have an espresso machine, make espresso with good strong coffee and steam your eggnog with a little milk to make it frothy and hot. Top with a dash of nutmeg and even some fat free whipped topping if you wish. If you don't have an espresso machine, no worries. Make your coffee a little stronger and heat your eggnog over the stove or in the microwave, then whip it in the blender.

Skinny Eggnog Latte
Servings: 1 ē Calories: 73 ē Points: 1.5 pts


2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup of strong concentrated coffee
1/4 cup skinny eggnog
1/4 cup nonfat milk
additional sugar or sweetner to taste (extra pts)
*optional reduced fat whipped topping


Brew coffee or espresso.

Heat eggnog and combine with milk. Use frothing wand slowly up and down, side to side until eggnog and milk is thick and foamed. (Or put in blender if you don't have a frothing wand).

Pour coffee or espresso into mug, sweeten to taste and pour hot eggnog mixture over the top. Sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy!


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IGSBETH 11/22/2014 12:27PM

    Great makeover!

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DO4FIT 11/18/2014 10:25PM

    yikes! I knew I was avoiding my holiday favourites and Starbucks for a reason! I am waiting for a super special occasion to sip on mine! Also, those drinks ain't cheap! I hope your home made version works out for you! Sounds like a perfect solution emoticon

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UNICORN212 11/18/2014 10:04PM

    53g carbohydrates, 48g sugar??? Oh my! I am glad I don't hit up Starbucks! My black coffee from home suits me just fine!

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GAYLLYNNE 11/18/2014 5:52PM

    That's a great idea. I love the egg nog latte too. Don't they have a skinny version, without the whipped cream?? This time of year you can find eggnog flavored coffee too!! Yum!

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Recipe: Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Monday, November 17, 2014

I've been wanting to try these, as I typically am running out of the house in the mornings, no time for a hot breakfast. These came out wonderful! I made spinach for me and my husband, and plain for my daughters. A success, and better for you than McDs!

I did the scrambled option, as she said they came out better. I had it open face with a mini bagel and a smear of cream cheese vs. adding a slice of cheese. You could also do on an English muffin, toast, etc. I recommend it.


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LOTUSFLOWER 11/19/2014 12:35PM

    Update - they are also good after freezing them! Definitely a keeper.

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LINDAKAY228 11/18/2014 8:51AM

    Those look so good! I need to try them.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/17/2014 11:09PM

    Look great

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DJ4HEALTH 11/17/2014 5:17PM

    Enjoy the food!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/17/2014 4:51PM

    You're very welcome!

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SUNSHINEGB 11/17/2014 1:04PM

    Wow, these look great! I signed up to that site so I can get more of their good recipes.
Thank you for sharing!

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BEINGERIN 11/17/2014 12:19PM

    I am totally making these tonight! I will do the freeze the egg version and reheat in the morning while I am toasting an english muffin. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing today!

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Meet Nate, my new Walking Partner

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I blogged last February about losing our dog Sam to cancer. It devastated me. Shortly after, I knew my heart needed healing, and there was room there for a new member of the family.

We were blessed to find Nate at the shelter. He's the most loving dog, and he LOVES walks. As my back heals, I've started running with him a bit, too. Meet my new personal trainer.

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LINDAKAY228 11/11/2014 5:36PM

    You are both so lucky for having each other! Your family is too. Sounds like you saved each others' lives.

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JUNESHOPE 11/10/2014 10:24PM

    emoticon ADORABLE!
And you are his hero for saving his life. God Bless You.

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CRABADA 11/9/2014 10:50PM

    He's GORGEOUS! I'm so glad you've found each other!


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KALANTHA 11/9/2014 7:33PM

    Awwwww! That's great! He looks like a love! I wish you many happy miles of walking and jogging together!

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SGTSUNNY 11/9/2014 5:33PM

    He is so cute and photogenic too! Glad you have someone who will always want to go for a walk with you!

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DAWNESS0404 11/9/2014 4:44PM

    Enjoy your walks together!

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    He's so cute! What a love!

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UNICORN212 11/9/2014 12:34PM

    He looks like a good protector, too! Such a sweetie!

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