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April 5, 2016

Truth be Told 2!I WILL become a healthier eater.

I’ve DECIDED this was a great time for cleaning out the system after a season of slacking off. 

It’s often said that no one diet works for every individual. While this is true, you may have noticed that almost all eating plans or “diets” appeal to a similar goal: Eat more natural, whole foods and less junk. That’s because there is no secret to success. Diet and Exercise Actually WORK!! There are strategies that can lead to variety of benefits, but 99% of the goal of eating healthy is to minimize junk and get your diet to consist of real whole food. 

This is why I have decided to go processed food free for the month of April!! 

To get back in the game!!! You should also find that by making your transition gradually, the road to healthy eating is pretty easy. Here is a great way to START::

 Week 1    

Just simply:: CUT THE JUNK!! Eliminate junk food from your diet. That’s it, just the junk. Other than that focus on doing your best to eat real whole foods!! The definition of junk is obvious stuff, like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, fast food, JUNK etc. You may be stricter if you’d like, but for Week 1, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just stay AWAY for convince foods . For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits. M

 And…..Drink your Water. Not swimming in it, though that’s good too, but staying hydrated with it. “They” say you should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, but I say you should drink more. Shoot for a gallon (though don’t worry if you fall short). Yeah, that probably seems crazy but almost all of us walk around dehydrated for most of our lives, which not only hurts the way we function but also makes us hungry when we’re actually thirsty. A glass of water when you feel hunger pangs both staves them off and helps you fill up faster when you do eat. As for other drinks, juices and sugary sodas also (obviously) fall into the junk category. And alcohol should be kept to a minimum. We tend to forget (purposely or not) that alcohol has a lot of empty calories. It also lowers our resolve and generally leads to compromise in you eating!!! 
So that’s that!! This next week we will get a bit tougher!! I will start food journaling this week!!! Here we goo!! 
So my results week 1:: 182.0. Down 3 pounds!! 




March 29, 2016

I am now officially over 3 years out from my Biggest Loser finale celebration!! What a celebration it was! This year I took a lot of time reflecting on that day, and the days and years that followed. I took inventory of my journey of the past 3 years, life after the show, with ups and downs and wins and losses, pounds up and pounds down……The part I’m GRATEFUL the most is I’ve been doing this with the greatest group of people!! Coming home week 5 seemed like possibly the worst thing EVER ended up to be the greatest gift!! I am forever GREATFUL to my trainer, my rock and my friend The amazing Kay Jordt for 3 years you have walked beside me through thick and thin with out you I’d be lost. I love the amazing community at Riverfront Athletic club I remember being TERRIFIED to walk into a real gym that first day home. It has become a 2nd home and I am Proud to say I work there!! To my AMAZING family who closely walks though it all. Thankful to my husband and children for always encouraging me and supporting, my siblings that have put up with my crazy/annoying ways longer and more frequently than most, My sister my rock, my clam the in storm who is my encourager, supporter and wise counsel the one who told me to go for it….That knew BL was possible!! To my Aunts, Uncles, and many many cousins that give constant support through the ups and downs before, during and after is an unbelievable blessing that had always fueled my fire, and to my Mom who is always doing new things and stepping out of her comfort zone, growing and changing and AWLAYS fighting the good fight to health and wellness with me!! 
The show provided an AMAZING opportunity with big rewards to lose weight, they also set you up with lots of support nutritionist, the best trainers both on the ranch AND in your at home time, weekly weigh ins and constant eye on you, with the world watching and holding you accountable. Your only JOB or responsibility was to lose weight!! In real life you’ve got constant temptation, endless stress, lots of bumps in the road, tragedies,losses, celebrations, work, kids, and so many other responsibilities rather than being able to just workout and eat healthy!!
 I do know that this will always be my battle, I believe I will always wrestle with the scale and I have decided to rather than get MAD,sad, afraid, overwhelmed, upset, depressed, or withdrawn I will reflect on my journey, I reflect on my best days, and most importantly I remember my OWN words my worst days when I feel like it’s an overwhelming impossible battle that never ends…..DON’T QUIT YOU!! I WILL LOCK ARMS WITH MY FAMILY AND FELLOW BOOTCAMPERS!!!


This has been honestly a slow fade for me, in the first year it was a 5-10 pound swing I played with, that became 10-15 pounds in the second….and has grown to 20 pounds now… my attempt to be transparent, to show the struggle is real. I am going to blog my journey back to “goal” which is always changing!! No finale weight is NOT my goal. HEALTHY, HAPPY and STRONG is the goal and we will modify along the way. So today is the first blog for my TRUTH BE TOLD TUESDAY blog…. I will weigh in every week with ALL of you. I do believe accountability is key to success!! So you ALL OF YOU are my accountability!! 

 I started Biggest Loser at 246 pounds lost 108 pounds and ended at 138 pounds, after Finale I set a goal to put on some muscle mass and land at strong 155-165. Today I weigh 185 pounds with my first goal of losing 20 pounds….. I will not be discouraged, or down that I’m not where I want to be or should I will hold my head high and continue the journey. 
I will Stay connected and encouraged knowing we are better together on this journey to health and wellness!! On this journey of COURAGE AND STRENGTH!! I am proud of my journey!! Thank you to all of you for walking it with me!! I’m not finished!! I would love to CELEBRATE losses, gains and victories with all of YOU….so stay tuned…….TRUTH BE TOLD TUESDAYS!!