Saturday, July 30, 2011

When You're Ready -

Courtesy of

Looking for something that is going to challenge you like no other?  I was introduced to this site from Josie of YumYucky on one of her Facebook posts a while back, and after going through this website... all I have to say is OMG!!!

These workouts are INTENSE!!!  No wonder they all have amazing rock hard bodies!  Their focus is working out and exercising at home.  Not only is there great advice on their website, but they also have a YouTube channel with great videos showing you the moves.  There is diet and nutrition tips and they have unique workouts for equipment like the Dip Station and the Sandbag, that helps in weight training and resistance.

Here is their latest video with trainer Zuzana: "300 Reps of Brutality" - think the name says it all!!

I'm looking forward to exploring more on this site, as after trying to get back into a workout routine, these are just a tad too intense for my fitness level right now, but there are great posts on their page with different ideas for exercises and getting fit!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Website Name

So, after a few years, I finally decided to name my blog and put a domain name behind it.  I really want to focus on my interest in health and fitness, losing weight, dealing with diabetes, eating right, being in the right mindset and loving ourselves, as well as discussing the latest "fad" diets and crazy things people do that they actually think are healthy for them.  I'm a very open person, so comments, opinions and suggestions will never be deleted, unless of course the infamous online "drama" begins with name calling, pointing fingers, etc.  I want healthy, informative, educational comments if someone is in disagreement.  Add a link to an article on where you got your idea if it's something to be debated.

What I'm trying to get to is that it's all about being educated.  Educated in how to maintain HEALTH!  Whether through food, fitness, classes, professional help, etc., it all comes down to US!!

I'm open to any ideas in regards to how to design an appropriate header for my blog!  Any suggestions, resources, templates would be awesome!

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mid Summer Exhaustion

Well, my first born left this weekend to head back to his dad's for football.  It was a fast 5 weeks, but we had so much fun with going to Lagoon Amusement Park (video), going bowling, parties and get togethers, the Rockies Diner Food Challenge (video), the Boise Zoo, the Mayhem Festival and getting our fill of horror movies!!  It was great to see my 13 yr. old bond with his 4 month old brother.  Precious Mommy Memories! :)

Of course with having a teenager in the house, there were plenty of snacks that normally aren't in my home.  He can be a bottomless pit if I let him, and having those things in my home were a terrible temptation for me.  Although I've lost roughly 7 lbs since the birth of my youngest, it's a daily struggle, especially with school going on and starting my own business over at Just Jewelry by Cheryl.  (ha!  got my own plug in!)  Life has been a whirlwind of activities, and it never seems to end.

Being a stay at home, work at home, school at home mom and wife is challenging, but I wouldn't change it for the world.  Sure things get off track and things can get overlooked, but in the end, it's all worth it.  Shopping, order taking, phone calls, school work, exams, feedings, playtime, shipping jewelry, juggling the finances, there are certainly times I seem overwhelmed and exhausted.

Here's the thing though.  Sleep has not been my friend.  As tired as I get, when everyone is in bed, it finally feels like "me" time.  Times like this, where I can finally update my personal blog, instead of my business site and pages.  As much as I want to lie down and go to sleep, my mind is going in so many directions, it's hard to calm down and actually SLEEP!!!

All in all, I'm slowly making strides in providing myself a schedule.  Only working on business & school stuff while the baby sleeps, and doing my running around and playtime of course while he's awake.  Sometimes I feel bad for my hubby, because when he gets home after a 12 hr day on base (USAF), all I want to do is pass my son over and nap.  Sometimes, it happens without warning, and I've actually had days where after he gets home, my body just collapses into sleep mode from not being able to continue.  I know a lot has to do with my eating habits, as I have to start MAKING TIME TO EAT!  Funny how when life gets so busy, 2pm rolls up on you and you realize that all you've had all day was a couple cups of coffee.  Definitely not winning in the health and weight loss division of my life there.

Anyway, I have to find more "me time".  As I tweak my daily and weekly schedule, I have to put in my Outlook (along with seminars, appointments, outings,etc.) what times I'm going to work out.  Heck, even set reminders for myself.. EAT BREAKFAST!  LOL  It sounds sad, but I have to keep my body fueled to work for me and not against me like it has been doing lately.  And of course, get proper sleep (where I'm actually heading to attempt after posting this.)

Well, this has definitely been one of my longer personal posts in a while, but I had to get it all out.  Not only out of my head, but also as a reaffirmation of what my personal goals are:

  • Lose 30 lbs by November (reasonable)
  • Drink more water and slowly cut out soda
  • Quit smoking (this has been by far my hardest struggle with all the stress)
  • Maintain my "A" average in college
  • Have my business open house in August and go from just online sales and include home party sales to increase income for my family.
None of these are unattainable.  They are very reasonable goals, but my enemy has been my own self.  Time to stop wishing and start DOING!

Have a great week all!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Losing the Baby Weight

No, those are not my feet!  LOL
It's been a struggle since Dylan came home, and after my surgery, to get back on track with eating right, working out, getting my "fit" on. Of course, those that know my life, probably feel I have valid reasons in not being able to find the time to do it. While the demands of motherhood, school work and starting up my own business, as well as all my other wifely duties, do tend to have a hold on my time, the time I haven't found in working out and eating right are nobody's fault but my own.

I could say that my baby boy distracts me, but then again, I have a gym membership where daycare is included, so that wipes that out.  I could say that I have all this homework to do, and can't find the time, but all that means is I suck at listing my priorities and keeping to time management of all that is needed to be done.

Lastly, I think a lot has to do with self image.  I struggled so hard to get down to a weight I was semi-happy with, and this pregnancy erased the last 3 years of that struggle to get the last 30 off.  Now I feel like back at square one, with no clothes that fit, and no desire to go out and buy "bigger" sizes to accommodate this new fuller figure.  Like the picture shows, I've always defined myself by what number I saw on the scale, and I need to remind myself over and over again that I am MORE than just that number.

Along with all the other priorities in my life, my weight and my health needs to be one of them.  I'm slipping back into the "do for everyone else" mode, where I cater to everyone BUT myself.  When it comes to my weight and health, I need to take charge of it again, and find the strength, happiness and confidence I once felt.

If there's any advice anyone would like to give, I'm more than willing to listen.  I need something to get me out of this mommy funk!!

Then I see these two boys, and it reminds me why I need to get back on track: