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New Year New Clothes



Ok the day finally came! I HAD to buy some new pants because all of mine are too big (even my stretchy yoga pants). Chris actually bought the ones in the picture for me and I was actually NOT happy with him because he ordered them online and I am very picky with how things fit. BUT, turns out I love them!!!! They are the perfect lounge-around-the-house leggings OR wear-under-a-long-sweater leggings OR workout leggings.

I also bought new black dress pants (not pictured here) and I know it’s not about the numbers (but actually it is for me sometimes). Yesterday, I bought a size that I have NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER bought before. Back at my heaviest, I wore size 14/16 pants. Trying clothes on at Target (or any store for that matter) was always a depressing day and RARELY did I find pants that fit me AND were cute.

Here’s how a typical day of pants shopping would go. I’d haul in a few different styles of pants in the largest sizes I could find into the dressing room (the stores I shopped at rarely carried sizes above 16).

One by one I would do the “dance” and follow these steps:
1) Wiggle hips to the left and then to the right as I simultaneously attempted to pull them up past my hips.
2) IF I got them past my hips, move my butt back and forth to make sure “everything was in the right place” because they were ALWAYS tight somewhere.
3) Next, I’d suck in my stomach as much as humanly possible to see if the button would actually button.
4) And IF…IF…IF I got this far then I could finally check to see if they actually looked good.

Nowadays, I can walk into any store and I don’t DREAD trying things on. For the past few years, I have hovered around size 8 (sometimes 10 and sometimes 6 depending on the brand). Yesterday, I walked out of Target with a size 2! Again, I know it’s not all about numbers but numbers do show progress. As I continue to focus on strength training vs. cardio I continually see my body completely toning up and leaning out.

I am NOT trying to lose more weight for those of you that will feel obligated to say something about that. I am eating clean (okay maybe not the past week with the holidays…hehe) and doing short 30-45 minute workouts each day and truly focusing on my all-around health (mental and physical). I FEEL AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Although, I have been slacking a bit on my workouts…. unsure emoticon

I am betting that 90% of the people reading this will have some New Year’s Resolutions around health. I am here to show you that you CAN change yourself. It WILL take TIME and LOTS of effort and LOTS of hard work. It WON’T happen in a week, or 30 days, or 60 days. It doesn’t just happen. You don’t just “get there” It is a LIFESTYLE and a willingness to continually LEARN, TRY, FAIL, SUCCEED, TRY, FAIL, LEARN, and on and on and on! It is never-ending!

Will you be starting your “never-ending story” in 2016?

Oh, and just in case this post made you think I that all is peachy-keen in my eating-world right now, here is what the delivery man just brought to our doorstep!


Happy New Year!

16 Things I Learned in 2015

2015 with sparklers

It’s the last day of 2015 and I have never actually taken time to reflect on a year, what it’s entailed, and to actually think about the things I learned, etc.  Well, since this has definitely been a year of major change for me, why not do some reflecting.

He we go – 16 Things I Learned in 2015!

1) Don’t brush your teeth with tap water or get ice in your drinks while in Mexico (okay Chris actually learned this one the hard way – I was lucky and didn’t get sick).


2) VRBO is a GREAT way to travel – we stayed in the most amazing ocean front condo (2 bedrooms, beautifully decorated, full kitchen, massive balcony overlooking the ocean).  Plus it allowed us to try new restaurants every night!  Here are a few pics, but head to Facebook to see our whole album!


This was our condo!

View from our balcony!

3) I am still a teacher even though I quit teaching.


4) I am truly meant to start my own business and I think I’ve finally found a way to combine ALL my passions (teaching, leading, education, health/fitness, and technology) as an online coach.


5) There are a lot of crappy tippers in the world.  I think I need this shirt…lol…ok, maybe it’s bit harsh but it made me laugh.

tip well

6) Mountains in tropical regions covered in lush green foliage right next to the ocean (i.e. Puerta Vallarta) are the most beautiful landforms EVER.


7) There are a lot of great tippers in the world.


8) Cats are amazing animals (for those of you that don’t know, I used to HATE cats) and Katniss (our pregnant stray cat we took in) was meant to come into our lives with her beautiful babies.

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9) Be open to new people/things/ideas/opportunities in the world – everything can be a learning opportunity (good or bad) so why not try new things and then judge.


10) Therapists aren’t really that helpful and they are expensive.

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11) New great way to travel – fly to one destination, stay a few days, and then road trip it to another one a few hours away and stay there for a few days, then fly home!


12) If you’re not happy, you have every capability to change that.  Stop saying “no, I don’t”….YES YOU DO!


13) Thoughts and words have EXTREME power…seriously…they do.


14) Go with your gut when making major life decisions.  Don’t let other people’s opinions/beliefs about how you should live your life/make a living/be responsible etc. deter you from want you want to do.


15) Life is too short to be stressed out all the time.  It is also too short to put things off.  Go do fun, new, exciting things!


16) You don’t have to do things the way they are “supposed” to be done.


There they are –  the things I learned in 2015!  Short and sweet.  I am sure there are lots of other things 2015 taught me, but this is what bubbled to the top of my brain!  Share in the comments, what did you learn in 2015?

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How to Use Google Calendar for Menu Planning

★★★How to Use Google Calendar to Menu Plan★★★

Areas of my life where I am full-blown TYPE A – OCD: my work, my hobbies (including health and fitness), my money, planning

Areas of my life where I don’t really care: the cleanliness of my car, my clothes, my hair, putting laundry away, and making the bed

Here is a VERY TYPE A way of menu planning!! Hopefully it gives you some ideas – let me know if you give it a try!

P.S. Be sure to click “HD” while watching so it’s not blurry!  Also, if this was helpful give it a “like” or “share”