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ING Miami 1/2 marathon

14 Jun

ING Miami 1/2 marathon

My 1st 1/2 marathon. I was standing there waiting for the gun to go off, signaling the start of the run. I kept thinking: This is it.
What a rush! Crossing the finish line was a moment that changed me. Even more memorable was that I ran/completed the marathon with my husband. I hope to do a full before I’m 30. The clock is ticking…..



Fitness Friday

7 Jun

Fitness Friday

In my quest to eat clean, lift mean, and live lean….I’ve come across some pretty awesome people that have helped me tremendously. This photo is one I pull up often when I want to remind myself that there are no limits to what I can achieve and my biggest obstacle is only myself. I’m trying really hard to eat clean. That’s the last and hardest leg of my journey. My daughter is now 2 and I’m not back to my prebaby weight yet. I often get discouraged but I see pictures of what I can do when I put my mind to it and I push forward. One day at a time. One meal at a time.
I’m doing a 12 week online challenge (against no one, just a personal challenge) and am currently on week 4. This is the fist week that I have actually eaten clean all the way through. Protein, lean meat, green salads/veggies, the whole nine. It feels great. I’m supper proud of my progress this week. While I’ve been more than tempted to reach for the bad foods, I’ve stuck it out and the reward is sweet!
This week alone my waist line is looking trimmer, my arms are toning up, and my legs are getting serious definition.
I’m not looking to be a bodybuilder or anything along those lines. I simply want to reach a happy place where I know I’m the best ME. I’m a step closer everyday. Whew! Feels good to have come this far. This is my lifestyle now. I workout everyday, plan my meals, and when I lay down at night…I feel proud of my hard work.
Sure some days I’m so sore I can barely walk, but I stretch and hit it again. HAM! My body is slowing changing. WOW that feels good. Since eating is the hardest, I’m taking the time to plan so I can succeed. I’m prepared and therefore I’m not likely to fall into the temptation had I not had all my healthy items ready to go. Healthy choices::healthy life!

Traveling with baby: Disney World

17 Sep



At 10 months, traveling with our baby was more fun for us than it probably was for her. But really, it was exhausting for us all. The first family trip to Disney World was fun but our baby was out of her usual routine and cried on more than one character encounter. I had this idea that she was going to point and smile at all her favorite TV characters from Disney Jr. That did not happen. Instead she cried for the photos and preferred to sleep while we walked without much else to do. I signed us up for the family 5k run, the stroller division. We walk/run often and she absolutely loves her stroller runs. I figured the princess weekend was the perfect first Disney run for her. Tons of little girls and women in princess gear running around Disney. Perfect! For my little princess, however, it was the perfect opportunity to sleep the morning as we had woken her up at 6am to make it the park early for the run.

This past weekend we had Disney on Ice – Worlds of Fantasy, here in our hometown. The fist half of the show featured Minnie & Mickey, which my baby loved. Then it was Cars and they were big, pretty close to full size, so her attention was definitely on the ice. The third bit was Little Mermaid and of course that she loved, too. After the intermission, it was Toy Story 3. Our little Minnie lover started losing interested and was getting sleepy with all the dialogue. She was awake until about 10 minutes till the end. Overall, I’d say she did pretty good. I loved the show, of course, and was very happy to share that experience with my little princess.

Our second Disney trip, this coming November, will be for the Epcot Food & Wine festival. We are participating in Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5k through Animal Kingdom. We’re taking our little princess with her running stroller. This time she will be a little bigger and, we hope, will probably enjoy the characters a bit more. I also signed her up for the Disney Kids’ races, the 100m diaper dash. Just the idea makes me chuckle. She is not a shy kid but I just know that seeing all those little diaper peers might have her running, but back into my arms or daddy’s arms, instead of towards the finish line. It’ll be fun to watch her reaction to so many little kids. I’m guilty of being more excited about planning all these adventures for her than she could be at her age. But when we talk to her about it years from now, I want her to know and have pictures to look back on, how much fun her daddy and I have with her.

How was your first (or baby’s first) Disney trip? Was the park visit enjoyable with baby/toddler? At what age did you or will you, take your little ones to Disney World? I read a great article on what to expect when traveling to Disney World with a baby or toddler. A lot of the suggestions and tips are very helpful. I had to pass it along and included the link below.


Disney World With Babies And Toddlers.


*Pictures taken on my iphone4/personal camera.



Body Transformation

26 Jun

College or having kids or just a change in lifestyle can have a huge impact on our bodies and nutrition. Six months after having my daughter I knew I had to make changes if I wanted to get back in shape and feel healthy again. Not only make the changes for me but I want to set an example for my family that living healthy and exercising have great advantages.

It feels great to hear my friends and coworkers tell me that I’m getting back to my pre-baby body, that I’m starting to look like my old self again. It definitely keeps me motivated to hear their positive feedback. My clothes are slowly starting to fit again. I also love reading inspiring stories, such as the body transformation that Kelsey shares on Her story serves as a reminder that if I want to reach my goal, it will take time and hard work, dedication. I will not give up or be discouraged because it’s not happening overnight. My hope is to have reached my goal (pre-baby weight) by the end of this year. I feel that’s a realistic goal and will give me the time to get there and keep my body healthy. I’m currently about 75% there but the last 25% are proving to be the toughest. The weight is not coming off as fast anymore. This means it is time to analyze my game plan, make changes to my meals, and get aggressive at the gym/cross-fit/running.

The bottom of Kelsey’s article has a great gym routine that can be incorporated with about any form of cardio.

Goal change:

1. Eat smaller portions, 4-6 times a day. PORTION CONTROL!

2. Add cardio in the AM 3x’s a week. I’m going to move my running time to the AM, before work/school, and fasting.

3. On my non-cross-fit days, up my weights at the gym with less rest time in between exercises.

Wish me luck!! – Body Transformation: A Model Transformation.

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