Getting Caught Up

I have been a little lax on getting things posted. The weekend and beginning of this week was crazy. On Sunday, Ryan and I had dinner and bingo with Gina and Cody. Me and Gina won but it wasn’t a lot but still good to win nonetheless. It was such a great time but I was bad food wise. We ate at Johnny Carinos and it was definitely a cheat day for me. My first one since I started my new journey and I was really nervous about having a cheat day because there have been times when a cheat day turned into a cheat weekend that turned into a cheat week into a cheat month and before I know it I am cheating everyday.

I spent my birthday cleaning the house and preparing for my grandma to come visit from Washington. She got in around 7 pm we came home dropped off her things, changed and went to Jack Allens for a birthday dinner. I had a birthday salad (Twisted Cobb Salad-grilled achiote chicken, roasted corn, grape tomatoes, cotija cheese, pumpkin seeds ranch vinaigrette and homemade corn nuts). This is SUCH a big deal for me because I would have much rather had the chicken fried chicken and I was my birthday so I definitely had a “reason” to cheat and I didn’t!! So this was a huge non-scale victory for me and my mindset was that I was going to eat a salad so I could have many more happy, healthy birthdays.

Tuesday my grandma and I hung out running all day. We went to Macys and she got me some new shoes for working out, 2 new pairs of workout pants/capris, and a new sports bra. It was all much needed and the shoes are soooo much better than what I had before.  We went to Joann to get the supplies for our sewing marathon that we would have on Wednesday. We went to HEB to get some groceries for din din. By the time we got home it was time to make dinner. Ryan made the chicken (for me and grandma) and steak (for him) on the grill and grandma made this delicious cucumber salad. We ate and shortly after headed out to babysit for the evening.

Wednesday we got home pretty earlier and started our sewing marathon. We finally finished about 3:30 pm. My grandma took in 7 panels of curtains, made a new curtain for the back door, and assisted me in making a t-shirt blanket. The s-shirt blanket is a beast and is not quite yet finished. Afterwards I took her up to see where I work and meet my work family and then took her to her friends house for a sleepover. The only thing that I would have done differently over the last few days is take some time to get in a workout of some sort. I did not gain anything while on my little diversion which is good but I didn’t loose anything either. I am soo close to that first 10 lbs being gone so that is my immediate focus.

I went back to work on Thursday and started tracking calories again. After work had a training session with Tanner (my PT). It was really a great workout. We did circuit work with 5 different stations and before I know it I have busted my ass for 20+ minutes.

Yesterday, I made it to the gym for a nice cardio session (which I still need to do more of). Here are the results.

workout 4-17

Today, I am going to go to my cousins after I get off of work to spend time with family before they head back home. Nothing like some good family time just wish that Leah and Talaya would be there with us. Just patiently waiting until I get to see them again because I know I will be able to one day. 



Where do I start?


something new

There is not an easy way to say this. I could add some fluff to this intro but it would only delay the inevitable. I will be 31 in 13 days and as of this morning, I topped the scales at 249.8 pounds. How did I get here?

In the fall of 2006 I weighed 160 pounds after busting my butt that summer counting calories and working out at the gym 5 days a week. Since then I have slowly been packing on the pounds. I weighed somewhere between 200 and 210 lbs at my March wedding two years ago. On September 10th of 2013 I smoked my last cigarette and quickly gained about 40 lbs and added an additional 10 lbs after the quick 40 I gained after I quit smoking.

I am a non-smoker (this is still so strange for me to say) and I have gone over 12 months without drinking a soda. Giving up soda was way easier than I thought it would be and I told myself that I could still have them in moderation if I wanted to but now I have gone so long I just don’t want to break the streak.

I have been preparing myself  over the last few months to work on life changes that will help me lose all of this weight I have slowly and quickly packed on over the last 9 years.

I have been inspired by my friends as well as complete strangers who are working hard to get fit and healthy. I would have to say that my friend Debra is a huge motivator for me. She is ALWAYS working out and doesn’t make it easy for me to make excuses because she sure doesn’t.

She always posts pictures after her workouts using the hash tag #picsoritdidnthappen. I am glad she did/does because seeing that is both motivational and inspiring.

Starting today, I am embarking on a weight loss journey that means a serious lifestyle change, a lot of hard work, sweat and effort. I met with a personal trainer today. “Why now?” he asked. My response to him was:

  • I want to look in the mirror and feel good about it
  • I want to wear cute clothes and not feel like a fatty
  • My husband and I would like to have children
  • I want to possibly avoid health problems that run in my family, including obesity

When you think about needing to lose 100 pounds it is super overwhelming. You know you need to do something but you don’t know where to start and I seems so impossible. I have been doing little things to get going over the last few weeks.

My husband and I are trying to avoid eating out for 30 days (Subway is the one exception). Over the last 5 days, I have been trying to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day and have been successful for most of them. I am working on it :)

I worked out yesterday and today and I am trying to make healthy food choices. I made my first batch of spaghetti squash which turned out to be pretty tasty.

So….Where do I start?

  • I start today!
  • I start one calorie at a time!
  • I start one pound at a time!
  • I start one meal at a time!
  • I start one ounce of water at a time!




Thank you to everyone who has already been an inspiration and motivation to me and a huge thank you in advance for all of the support and encouragement!! I will certainly need it!