the temperatures have dropped for the moment and I am in love. Alas, my joints do not like the cold, and my sinuses don’t like the heater! I’m normally a hibernation kinda gal, but this year I’m pushing through! I made a commitment to myself to be the best I can be and that means I keep moving. Repetitive I know but momentum=life for me.  I bought some longer workout gear so I can still go for my runs. I am on the tail end of the challenge I made myself to do 10 SmartBarre classes. 3 left! I am pretty pleased with the results in my legs. There will be photos next week 🙂 I made it ALL THE WAY through the Metabolic Reset! I signed up for the Dirty Girl mud run next month and have started incorporating the Spartan WOD to my weekly training. If all goes well I’ll be ready for the Tough Mudder or Spartan Sprint by spring 🙂

I cannot believe the amount of physical feats I have accomplished this year. I am a mere two months (minus a few days) short of the year mark from my hip surgery and I FLEW past every goal I set for myself. No one can tell me “you can’t…” “you’ll never…” I know I can. I have the determination and drive to do so many things.  All the naysayers and ones who want to poke fun or mutter that I do too much, they can take their words and … well, ya know!!!

My kids and I decided our dinners were going to be sans meat for a week (my motives had more to do with trying to save$$, but my girls have been feeling a little guilty about eating animals as of late). Tonight will be the 4th night. So far everything I’ve made has been delicious! I think we’ll have a meat free week once a month for now, while I try to get my footing, then I may make the push for pesco/ovo-tarian (eat fish and eggs) I’m not going to force anyone in my home to do this with me, but my gut rather likes not having to digest flesh. Since it is late in the year we have been having a hayday with hard squashes, apples, broccoli, greens, cauliflower, grapes, grapefruit, carrots, mushrooms(which the girls both decided they now like! WIN!), peppers and the tail end of the good tomatoes. The girls are grasping the importance of food as the first line of defense to a healthy body and I LOVE this. I hope my kids will always stand up for their own health. I hope I am handing them life tools to keep their bodies in working order. Most of all I hope I’m saving them some of the pain I have gone through due to ignorance and bad choices.


I kombucha, do you?

Link to the benefits. Okay, new thing added to my ever evolving list of Superfoods! I am doing well in the pain area of my life but still stiff and a little achy on some mornings. Kombucha is supposed to help with arthritis, fibro, and other pains. I’m down! I bought some this weekend and had put it in my smoothies. That was a bit tart but today I forgot to put it in so I just straight up drank it. To give you a bit of an idea of the taste… imagine gathering sweaty socks, socking them in leftover tea, and then adding citrus and bubbles. Yup. GROSS! Lesson learned: keep it in the smoothies!

On a Squeem note, I will be purchasing the x-small soon because on the smallest hooks it is still slipping and bunching and (this is a BIG DEAL!) when I take it off and measure after 10 mins my waist is now 25.5 inches 😀

I’m a couple days over midway with my metabolic reset. There will be another one soon!

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I’m going to start adding posts every now and then about the changes we are making in my kids’ eating habits.  As I’ve said before, they are with me on the journey to become a healthier person. We have open ended conversations about why we are eating differently than we were before. The hardest part when it comes to getting healthier options in their hands is the dreaded lunch period. I’m not there. All I can do is put things in a bag and hope they eat it! I am having a bit of a hard time breaking them from school lunch. They enjoy that junk and don’t understand why the school would give them “bad food” We’ve come to an agreement that they can choose once a week to either get breakfast or lunch at school. Just one or the other, one day. Some weeks they don’t choose to have either. They have noticed that the food at school makes them feel “icky” and are gaining a better understanding of the things I’m trying to teach them.

Tonight I made a new dessert dish for them to put in their lunches. I peeled and boiled a sweet potato. Strained, then added a small amount of condensed coconut milk (maybe 2 tbsp.) pumpkin pie spices(to taste but not necessary really), slivered almonds and a touch of dried coconut flakes. It is delicious! Definitely better than pudding packs!

I’m striving to replace the sandwiches and packaged things with healthier, fruitier, more veggie filled options. I will share these options with you as we figure out what works for us!


Making a list and…

nah! I didn’t make the list, I  just printed it 🙂

I am starting a 14 day intensive program on Monday and I’m getting ready to hit the produce section like a mad woman. If you are interested in joining me, you will have workouts delivered to your computer, grocery lists made for you, and will come out of this as a more fabtacular version of your(already amazing)self.

Challenge yourself to 14 days, two measly weeks, and when you see it’s doable you will want to keep going for the rest of your life! It’s NOT a diet, it’s a lifestyle and you’re worth the effort! (click the red banner! once you get there…. and if you do sign up, please drop me a comment so I know to find you and give you moral support! )

cramps and squeem don’t mix, and such

So, I have moved to the second row of fasteners. My waist is much more defined in just one week! I did run into a bump. I cannot wear a squeem when it’s my lady time. I have bad bad cramps and when I tried to snap in it feels like I may just die. I’m on day 3 of not wearing it after the first week. I’ll be getting it back on tomorrow though 🙂

(I will add photos as soon as I can find my phone!)

On another note I have begun taking SmartBarre classes at a local studio. There was a deal on LivingSocial and we all know how much I love trying new things, and pushing myself to new places so I decided to give it a go. After my first class yesterday I could already tell that this is what I need right now. I am sore but about to head back for my second class!

Waisting away in salted water ville

not a typo!

My best friend gave me a waist cincher made by Squeem. I have always been a little leery of this idea but though, why not try to get a waist?? I have shed 50+lbs in the past year and am not looking to lose anymore, but I would love to shave a couple more inches off my middle. We’ll start with a picture:

progress 917

This is me at 119 lbs. before starting to wear the Squeem. Waist is around 29 inches

squeem day 3

This is only THREE DAYS  into wearing the Squeem! I haven’t worn it for longer than 3 hours in one stretch yet, but you can see the difference. This photo was taken a little over 10 minutes after removal. Waist 26 and about 3/4.

Starting tomorrow I will be wearing it for 8 hours a day, every day, for at least 1 month. I will be working out in it, and doing my daily errands in it.  It’s rather comfortable once you get used to it. I have bad posture and that goes away pretty much instantly once I’m strapped in. This one is a size Small so I’m on the largest eyehooks (it fastens just like a bra) but will be able to move in about an inch after a while. I’ve read that it ups your sweat factor when you are working out so I will absolutely have to invest in another. There is also a vest version which goes all the way up and has straps.  Here it is on:squeemday3front squeemday3side

Now, in regards to the other half of my title. I’m going to start drinking sea salted water for some nutritional and digestive benefit.

I plan on documenting my waisting journey and my salting journey. Wish me luck!



My gluten free life

I will be sharing with you my world as it pertains to food for the next week. I went grocery shopping today. At the produce market I spent $31 (and change) and at the market I spent $90 ($15 dollars were for trash bags and something my daughter had to have for school)

What did I buy?

Produce market:
sweet onions
green onions
3 tomatoes
3 green bell peppers
2 yellow bell peppers
green leafy lettuce
romaine lettuce
2 English cucumbers
2 zucchini
4 heads of broccoli
1 bag of green beans
1 jar of local honey

2 new York steaks
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 lb Italian Sausage
2 acorn squash
1 bag of power greens (kale, spinach, chard etc)
2 jars of skippy natural peanut butter
udi’s gluten free sandwich bread
turkey deli meat
lactaid cottage cheese
4 fruyo (for the kids… we are working on cutting all dairy but aren’t quite there yet)
4 cans of chunk light tuna in water
2 non dairy coffee creamers
Gluten free honey nut cereal
1 box gluten free seasoned flour (for cooking chicken or veggies)
1 jar chunky veggie/pepper spaghetti sauce

Our menu for the next week: