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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!

Weekly Workout Stats

Now that I have discovered that my Polar heart rate monitor has Bluetooth capabilities, pushing myself during my workouts is now that much more motivating because all the stats are tracked on my phone!!!!  Here is a summary of my weekly workout stats.  Hmmmmm…only got 3 in…better amp it up next week!Nov. 20Nov. 24Nov. 25And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful/informational/motivating/inspiring/entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!

21 Day Squeeze Challenge Video

There is a small window of time BETWEEN Thanksgiving and Christmas…just enough time to squeeze in a 21-Day Fitness and Nutrition Challenge!!!  I am calling it the 21 Day Squeeze Challenge! Check out this video to learn more and connect with me if you want to join the fitness fun!  The challenge will start November 30th but the deadline to commit is November 16th!!

Piyo Buns Preview

Today I learned how to add annotations to my YouTube videos – exciting!! Here is my workout from today – Piyo Buns preview!  Buns and legs were SCREAMING!!!

We are heading to a bonfire/party tonight so I will be indulging!  I try to keep myself 99% on track during the week (especially when I know events are coming up).  That way, I can splurge without guilt.  And of course, get right back on track the next day.  How do you fit in all the events in your life while still sticking to your health goals?


Piyo Sweat Preview

Here is a quick Piyo Sweat Preview!  Piyo is on sale for only 2 mores days!  Let me know if you want to try it out.  I have never seen muscle definition like I am seeing with this program (and Shakeology of course) and  and I haven’t even picked up a single weight!  Body weight baby!


Sore Muscles

I have some majorly sore muscles today after Piyo Drench kicked my butt!  Better than feeling sorry though!
Does anyone else love the feeling the day after a really ‪#‎hardworkout‬ when it feels like your ‪#‎muscles‬ are BULGING!?!

Which ones do you like to feel the most?
a) arms
b) abs
c) legs
d) butt

Choose to be sore

Piyo Drench Preview

Our September Challenge Group starts in about a week and I have been trying out all the Piyo workouts.  Here is a Piyo Drench preview.  Yes, I was completely drenched and needed many many breaks!  I cannot wait to see what these will do to me in 60 days!

PiYo Sweat! Holy Cow!

Just finished PiYo Sweat and was very humbled throughout the entire video. Lost my balance at least 2,629,981 times and again was shaking uncontrollably…but I LOVE and will get better and better with time! I have a group starting around Sept. 9th!  Contact me if you are ready to reach some of your fitness goals!  You can follow on Facebook or email me at!


Starting around September 9th…

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