Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 5..

I had a much needed meditation session last night. I had a lot of things that had been weighing me down for quite a while now and I could feel bitterness setting in. I needed to release it and let it go because I refuse to let situations that are beyond my control, poison my energy. Did you know that meditation can take you to the most awesome places?? For real!! Just look at these pics! By the last visit tho, when I opened my eyes and saw Mr T-Rex, I knew it was time to head back home. No way, man... no way.

LMAO Ok, so it can't really take you places, but it sure can clear your mind and rebalance your energy. I feel so much better now. I really need to get back to doing this on a regular basis. Do you meditate? If so, how often do you do it?

What I Love About Roller Derby...

There is just so damn much that I love about Roller Derby, but I'll try to keep in short and to the point...

I love the true sense of sisterhood and the never ending support and encouragement that my Derby Sisters give. That for the first time in my life, I feel like I've finally found someplace that I fit in, and am accepted, quirks and all.

I love that it pushes me to give my all. That it promises nothing, but offers everything, if you work for it. It pushes me outside of my comfort zone. Pushes me to constantly try and get better.

I love that when I lace up, get out there, and skate, I feel truly free. It calms the mosh pit of endless thoughts that bounce around in my head. I could be having the worst day ever, riddled with anxiety and stress, but once I start skating, it all just melts away.

I love the confidence I am gaining from it, and the way I am watching my body transform. I still have a long way to go on my weight loss journey, but it's happening more quickly with skating and I'm feeling muscles that I never knew I had.

And I LOVE that even if only for an hour and a half during practice, I cease to be mommy, taxi driver, chef, nutritionist, counselor, referee, bath giver, dog taker outer, poop cleaner upper, and the other hundred other hats I tend to wear each day. Don't get me wrong, I love being a mommy and wearing each and every one of those hats and I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world, but for one little moment in time, I get to just be... ME. And that is a pretty awesome thing. ♡

Day 4...

They say that variety is the spice of life and I think it holds especially true on a journey to losing weight and getting fit. I'm not even going to lie to you, I get bored with workouts real quick. And not just bored, I get booooooored. Thankfully I have a ton of different workout dvds on hand so that when that boredom hits, I can change it up. Tonight was one of those nights. And to my rescue? None other than Sweatin' To The Oldies.

There is just something about Richard Simmons that I just love. Like, I seriously adore that man. He is such a kind and gentle soul, devotes himself wholly to helping others, and let's not forget his energy. You simply cannot watch one of his videos without getting up and shaking your ass right along with him. Uggghh ♡♡♡

So anyways, Day 4 was a total success. I'm loving how in control I'm feeling again.  It's been a long time since I've felt that way. Can't wait to knock tomorrow out of the park, too!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day 3, Baby!!

I woke up this morning, hit snooze on every single one of my alarms, craaawled my ass out of bed and to the coffee pot, before realizing that I had forgotten to set the coffee pot to auto brew the night before. Such cruelty!! WHYYY? So I got my middle kiddle to school and then my littlest and I went home and sacked out on the couch to watch some tv while waiting for the damn coffee to finish brewing.

She was so sweetly snuggled up on me (and I live for those moments, as they are getting few and far between now that she's an "on the go go go" toddler.) and I could feel my eyes getting heavier, and my head starting to nod. Uggghh Maybe we can just lay down for a little bit? A power nap sounded great, but my body? My body abhors the whole idea of a power nap because let's face it, I didn't want a damn 20 minute nap. I wanted a 3 hour nap. lol

What's an exhausted mama to doooo? 

You get up and hit your workout hard, that's what you do!!! And let me tell you, I had so much more energy after working out that I didn't want a nap. Hell, I didn't even need my coffee!! Oh, I totally still drank it, but I didn't need it. Nothing comes between me and my coffee. 

And guess what?? I still had so much energy later on into the evening, that I got up and got another workout in. I didn't get nearly as sweaty, but I still got it done. BOOM, BABY!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 2..

I'll be honest with you, I was sooo incredibly tired all day. It would have been SO easy to skip my workout, plop my ass on the couch with a big ol mug of hot chocolate and zone out to a Criminal Minds marathon, and go to bed early, but isn't that part of what got me to the point I'm at?? So I decided to get it done. Not only get it done, but instead of just doing some upper body work like I had planned, I decided to do an insanity workout. I forgot just how brutal those workouts are! Lol Soooo glad I did it, tho.  I hope everyone had a GREAT day! I'm off to bed, so I'll see you tomorrow. 

Love and Light, Nighty Night,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day 1.

The dishes are doooone, man. I knocked today out of the park and it felt great!


My eating has been pretty good lately, not squeaky clean, tho much better than it had been in a long while. My issue is that busyness has caused me to push my exercise to the side way too often. But I have something wicked awwwesome coming up towards the end of Summer (Shhhh! I can't tell you what just yet) so I'm on a mission. 

Now, I'm not saying "I hope to lose.." or "I'm going to try to lose.." Nope. I'm shouting it out to the world: I WILL LOSE 50 LBS BY AUGUST 17, 2015!!! And I will do it WITHOUT pills, shakes, wraps, etc. I will do it by eating nutritious foods to properly fuel my body, by staying well hydrated, and by moving my ass!!

So, I hope you're ready for lots of sweaty selfies, food and weigh in accountability pics, because that's what keeps me motivated. And you best believe that I am going to do what it takes to get the job DONE.

Let's DO this. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


And now for a guest post from one of my amazing friends, Laurie.

My favorite veteran is my grandfather. Every time I see him I am privileged to hear a new story from his days in the service. Most of the stories are from the Korean War. My grandfather is a master storyteller, each glimpse into the past is told with precise details. Think about that! My 88-year-old grandfather can recall details from over 60 years ago. This is exceptional not only because his mind is sharp at the tender age of 88, but because the events that took place in war had such a stark impact on him they are recalled vividly in his memory.

 I'm fortunate my grandfather is able to talk to me about the war. Some of the details of war are so gruesome and painful the men and women who so bravely fought on the front lines or cared for the wounded can't bring themselves to speak of what transpired, what they felt or what they saw. I don't blame them.

 I am thankful to all those who have served this country and who are currently serving. It is a call of duty I'm not sure I could answer without tremendous fear slithering through every platelet of my blood. Let's not forget about the families who endure the worrying, the deployments, the loss and everything else I can't begin to comprehend.

 I read a book that changed my life, Marcus Luttrell's “The Lone Survivor”. Marcus Luttrell was the lone survivor of a mission in Afghanistan. His mantra: Never Quit. It's a powerful story about never giving up, and I do mean powerful. His fallen teammates kept firing away at the enemy while their own bodies were drilled with gunshot wounds. Luttrell fell off a mountain and forced his injured body to crawl, alone in enemy territory to save his life. This book moved me to become a greater supporter of our troops. For more about Marcus Luttrell visit the Lone Survivor Foundation. Do you like heroes?

 I've recently discovered Todd Love. Todd is a war hero who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan. By the way, he completes Spartan Races and Stadium Climbs. Yes, you read that correctly, he has one limb and completes physical challenges that are challenging for people who have all their appendages. The next time you think you can't do something, remember this extraordinary veteran. Our veterans can teach us so many lessons. They can give us inner strength we didn’t know we had. You can honor a veteran every day by taking advantage of the things you take for granted.

 I often use the stories of our veterans to motivate myself when I’m struggling with working out. Remember the physical and mental sacrifices of our veterans … time your alarm goes off so you can get up to work out and you think you're too tired time you're a half mile into your run and want to throw in the towel time you don't think you have ten more reps left time you think you think you'll never be fast enough or strong enough Remember what our soldiers have endured, what they thought was not possible and then ask yourself again: Do you have the energy to get up? - Yes! Can you make it one more mile? - Yes! Do you have ten more reps? - Yes! Will you be fast enough and strong enough? - Yes! How can you be sure? It's easy - NEVER QUIT!