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I am more than a number…

In today’s world, every one is focused on weight, that number you see when you step on the scale. It’s the first thing you do at a doctor’s appointment. Maybe you step on the scale first thing in the morning when you get up, maybe again in the afternoon. 

You lose weight and you gain weight. It’s a cycle we all go through. My weight can easily fluctuate five pounds in a day depending on what I’m doing, what I’m eating, how much water I’m drinking (or not drinking), the time of the month, and more. It’s only natural to share how many pounds you’ve lost when you talk about your weight loss journey. But, that number is not the end all be all of you or your progress.
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Body image is a huge part of human nature. We love to feel good about ourselves and the skin we’re in. The number on the scale should NOT be the deciding factor on how you feel about yourself. As I currently work towards goals at the gym, they are becoming less about my weight and more about the overall picture. Why does my weight determine how I feel about myself or how I’m viewed? I am so much more than that number. 
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Take a moment to think about how you view your body and your progress. If your weight is the first thing that comes to mind, here are some thoughts for you…
How do you feel in your skin? 
Who cares what my current weight is, I am feeling great about my body. When I treat my body right, is responds in kind. I spent the better part of the last two years being lazy, unmotivated, and eating and drinking things that I really didn’t need. And while I am all for enjoying things I love, it’s best in moderation. I have no business eating cookies every single day or drinking a bottle of wine just because I had a bad day. I do have my favorite foods but there is a balance between that and continuing to workout and eat healthy. 

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January – May transformation….

Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t do.
Don’t ever compare yourself to others. Just because someone else at the gym who is close to my age can do regular push-ups doesn’t mean I need to do that. I can knock out push-ups from my knees like a rock star now and that makes me feel GREAT because just months ago, it was hard to do just a few. The only person you are up against is YOU. You know where you’ve started and where you’re headed. Celebrate the changes you see in your body and OWN IT. 
What makes up your weight?
The other day I weighed in after almost a month. My weight was up 2.5 pounds. Normally, I would freak out and think about all the things I could have done wrong to cause that weight gain, especially when I’m working so hard. But let’s think about what makes up that number. Thanks to the InBody scale we have at the gym, it does more than just weigh you. It tells you about your body composition. And since it remembers who you are, it gives you a history each time to show your changes. So yes, I gained 2.5 pounds. But that 2.5 pound gain included a 2.2 pound increase in muscle mass and my body fat dropped 1.1%. That 2.5 pound weight was a conversion from fat to muscle. I want more muscle than fat, so I’ll take these results all day long. 
A gym friend and I talk about our progress often and she has said that she is not watching her weight. She is watching her body fat percentage go down. She doesn’t have a weight goal, she has a body fat percentage goal. I have no doubt that she’ll reach that goal because she is working hard towards it.
How are your clothes fitting?
Is there a better feeling than when your clothes fit better than before? When getting dressed in the morning becomes fun instead of something you dread? Just prior to starting back at the gym in January, I was at my highest weight ever and I was wearing the largest size I’ve ever had to buy. Getting dressed in the morning was just awful and depressing. I wasn’t wearing clothes because they were cute or because I loved them. I was wearing whatever hid my stomach the best. No attention was drawn to arms or legs. The girl who used to wear shorts all the time, had not worn shorts in at least two years. But now, my clothes are fitting better. Nothing is tight on me. I’ve had to stop wearing certain clothes because they’re too big. If I’m not working, I automatically go for the tank tops because I absolutely love my shoulders and arms as they become more and more defined. My legs are more muscular than ever and I cannot wait to buy shorts. 
So that number on the scale? No, it doesn’t define me. My hard work and determination, my on-going progress, and feeling good about myself defines me. 
Take care of yourself. Be kind to your body. Work towards goals but know that your goals will change over time. And remember, you are not just that number on the scale. 

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Ways To Live Healthier

Happy Tuesday! If you’re been keeping up with me, you know that hubby and I have been doing our best to live healthier this year. It’s been a long time coming and while it’s not always easy to make lifestyle changes, they can go a long way to making you feel better overall. Taking care of yourself is so important and your body will thank you.


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Hubby likes to work his way into a new routine while I just dive right in. Being an all-or-nothing girl, I can’t have that gray area. Either I’m doing something or not. My way is not any better than his way, it’s just how we approach things. These ten tips are what is working for us right now.


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10.  Snack, snacks, and more snacks. One thing that always works for me when I am trying to eat healthy and lose weight, is to have several small meals a day instead of three large meals, or even worse – skipping a meal. You body needs energy and having those smaller, more frequent meals, it means your body is working. And, you won’t go around hungry. Don’t ever deprive yourself if you’re hungry.

9.  Choose foods that will fill you up.  Eat foods that won’t leave you hungry. Pick snacks that are high in fiber to feel full longer. This will also help you to eat less.

8.  Drink water like it’s going out of style.  Water is the best thing you can drink, all day long. It helps to cleanse your system, keeps you full, does wonders for your skin, and is all around wonderful for you. 

7.  Track your foods. Remember the days of having to look up calories and nutritional information in a book and writing it down by hand? Thankfully, we have all that info at our fingertips in an endless number of apps on our Smart Phones. My current preference is My Fitness Pal. It’s easy to use, the food database is huge, and it is encouraging and informative.

6.  Watch those serving sizes. As important as tracking your food is weighing and measuring it to make sure you are not eating double portions or more. It is easy to get carried away and when you first starting measuring out your food, it is a real eye-opener. Take the time to check and make sure you are actually eating a single serving size and not more.

5. Cut out the soda.  I haven’t had soda in 542 days and yes, I am counting. I miss it every once in awhile but never enough to give up this incredible streak I have going. Soda is sugar you don’t need, it causes bloating, and it’s addictive. Diet soda is even worse, don’t let the word “diet” fool you. Stick to water or green tea.

4. Bye bye to alcohol.  Did I also mention that I haven’t had alcohol in 66 days? As much as I love wine (we all know how much I love it), I really don’t need it. It’s empty calories and sugar, and the added weight I’ve been carrying around the last year came straight from a wine bottle or two (or three). If you see me raising a glass now, it’ll have ice water in it.

3.  Take your vitamins.  I can be really bad about taking vitamins. Many vitamins will give me an upset stomach. Maybe it’s the kid in me, but I find that gummy-type vitamins stay down the best. And I actually look forward to taking it in the morning. Whatever kind you take, make sure you are getting your daily allowance of all the important nutrients you need, especially when you are working out.

2.  Get plenty of rest.  Going back to the gym has helped me sleep so much better. I never have trouble falling asleep, but staying asleep can be a problem for me. After a day where I’ve worked out hard and eaten well, I sleep like a baby.

1. Work out together. Our time together, quality time, can be few and far between because we are so busy. But going to the gym together is currently one of my favorite things to do. We support each other and cheer each other on. There is nothing like getting a high five from hubby after a hard workout, knowing that he is proud of me. And vice versa.

Do you have a tip you’d like to share?


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Run Streak

Isn’t life weird? You’re going on about your life, loving running, and training for races, and you even get through a full marathon. The next thing you know, you’re not running as much and you find every excuse in the book to not run. Even though you KNOW it’s good for you, whether it’s training or just running. 

That was me after I ran Space Coast Marathon in November 2014. I continued to run after that, even doing 4 more half marathons, getting up to number 15. It was then that I decided I was done with half marathons for awhile. There have been a few 5K’s since then but more than anything my running has been sporadic. 

A few months ago, I got back into running 3 times a week for about a month. It felt great and I was really into getting it done before work. Then it all just tanked and I threw in the towel, again. My anxiety? Stress? Tired? Trying to do too much all the time? Who knows. It could have been one or all.

A week ago, I went to see my doctor for a refill on my anxiety medicine. Of course, the first thing they ask is for me to get on the scale. The number I saw was the highest I’ve ever seen in my whole life. Talk about irony. My anxiety at that moment was sky high. I’m surprised my blood pressure and heart rate were normal. So of course, I realized at that moment, I had to get to being active. And the best way for me to do it, the thing that I do enjoy, and that helps with my anxiety as well, is running. Obviously I need to also do something about my diet, but let’s set that aside for another time….

10 days later, I am so happy to say that I have run every day since then. I didn’t set out on a run streak, but it’s made me feel better every day. Some days it’s a mile, some days it’s 2 1/2 miles. No watch, no trying to beat the clock, just running. I feel like I am doing something good for me, something good for my well-being. And it feels GREAT.




A 10-day run streak is nothing to get too excited about, I know. But it’s huge for me because that is 10 days I have not let myself stay attached to the couch. 

Will I continue to run every day? Maybe. But I won’t pressure myself to do it if there is too many other things happening. But if I do miss a day, I’ll get right back out there the next day. I am sure that at some point I’ll spiral down that same hill as before and want to quit. This will be my little note to self to remind me that I feel better when I run. Period.


How long of a run streak have you done?











Ah, life. Always throwing curve balls. And for someone who doesn’t deal well with change, this can be particularly challenging. 


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The last half of 2015 was particularly hard after my brother’s accident. But he has been back to work since December and has been doing SO good. He has pretty much said goodbye to all his doctors (except one for his nose) and they are all very impressed with how well he recovered considering what he went through. I still say he is such a miracle and I am thankful every single day that he fought his way through that horrible ordeal. 

My brother and his family will soon be moving to the opposite corner of the country, to the Pacific Northwest. My sister-in-law’s family is out there. Once their house sells, they will pack up the family and head out. It is going to be such a hard day when they leave. But, despite my NOT wanting them to go, life is too short not to support them in whatever they do. So, I of course wish them the best of everything in their move and new life out there. I will miss them all terribly, but life keeps moving on even when we don’t want it to.

On a happier note, my mom is moving in with us. With her lease up the end of this month, hubby and I decided we should ask her to move in with us. She was all by herself in that house since my dad passed away almost six years ago. While she is certainly capable of living on her own, we hated that she was all by herself and went home every night to a quiet house. We have the room here and so the moving process has begun. This weekend she’ll be totally moved in and we are happy to have her. I remember probably 10 years ago, my dad asked me to help look after her should anything else happen to him. I brushed it off, not wanting to even think of things like that at the time. Ever since he passed away, it has been in the back of my mind. He would be very happy that she will no longer be alone. 

Four months after turning 44, hubby just turned 44 yesterday. I told him I was happy he is 44 with me now. He never worries about age and says it’s just a number. I try to think like that but, when I see 44 the first thing I think of is that in six short years, I will be 50 years old. How is that even possible? I am still trying to figure out this whole adulting thing, how is it that I am this old? Good grief.

A change that I *need* to make is with my eating and exercise. Despite the wonderfulness of giving up soda almost 11 months ago (YAY!), I am currently eating too much and not exercising enough at all as of lately (except that one time last week when I walked 3 miles with my friend Melody and hope to do the same tonight!) I seem to have this switch in my brain that gets flipped off the second I get stressed or crazy busy or anxious. I want to eat what I want and lay on the couch in the evenings all while enjoying my favorite red Moscato and thinking about how I should be outside running. If only I could burn the calories thinking about it that I would actually running. I went to the doctor this morning for a refill on my depression / anxiety meds and just about keeled over when I got on the scale. Talk about irony… Something has to give. I have never seen the scale so high in all my 44 years. I need to do something. I am hoping hubby and I can get back into a normal workout routine together like we used to. I very much enjoy working out with him – he motivates me.

Change shouldn’t be so scary. It’s not always bad, and it can be good for us. But I dread it and I’m afraid of it. Just being very open here… 

I will likely use this little space of mine on the interwebs more for trying to get back to being a better, healthier, fitter me. Taking care of me is the best way for everything else to fall in place. 


How do you deal with change?



Work to do….

I recently wrote a post about my struggles with my weight, with being active, with struggling to find motivation to get back in shape. I was very honest and kept it real, admitting that I need a plan. Not having a plan does not work for me. As is typical when I write a post like that, it’s mostly for me. A place to vent and just get it out of my head. But it’s also my hope that someone who is having the struggles can relate. There is power in numbers and sometimes, just knowing you are not the only one helps so much.


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Since writing that post two weeks ago, I have been taking baby steps to get back to what I know works. I have been having breakfast in the mornings and I took lunch several days. I also ran 3 times last week and so far once this week. After not running regularly in a very long time, this is HUGE. Running the first day was one thing, but getting back out there again the very next day was huge. And then doing it again a third day in one week was a big deal. 


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As is typical for me, running 3 days last week made me want to run a 4th day. We had every intention of running last Sunday morning but after a very late night out on Saturday (with adult beverages too!) it didn’t happen. I was hard on myself about it until I remembered how active I had been during all weekend even if it wasn’t running. How I made sure to drink a lot of water. How over time those little things will add up. Celebrate those small victories because they turn into big ones down the road.


This week has been more difficult to get my runs in but I did run yesterday morning and it was a spectacular run. An easy 2.5 miles without any walk breaks and that felt amazing. And I got to watch the sun come up… Hard to beat a view like this when running.





And, to start of April on the right foot, I got another run in this morning. It was an other good one, but MAN is it humid today. 





I also shared on Facebook on several evenings what I did each day. Some days I shared what I did that was good. Somedays I also shared things I didn’t do that I should have. And in keeping it real, I also shared when I ate poorly or did something I shouldn’t have. Again, more for me than anyone else. But I got quite a response from it and once again, I was reminded that even though I get so lost in my own head about what I am struggling with, I am not the only one dealing with those things.

Not every day will be perfect. Life happens. Things get in the way. Weather doesn’t cooperate. Your car breaks down. Your work schedule is off. You have a bad day. A million things can happen that will mess up your day and any intentions you have of having a “perfect” day. Doing what you can helps and goes along way to getting back to a routine. 

No doubt about it, I have work to do. I probably always will. Laying around doing nothing won’t get it done. Laying around just thinking about it won’t get it done. I will take one day at a time and work my way back. I won’t give up, because I have #worktodo. 


Are you struggling too? Would you like to join me and help keep each other accountable? Share this post and use the #worktodo hashtag. We might not all be facing the same battles but we can support each other along the way.