Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

The Get Fit for Summer Giveaway is.......

mskristyn
I've already emailed you!!  You are one lucky chick!

Thanks to everyone else that entered and for all of the bloggers that helped me put together such an amazing giveaway!


Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Features and the Last Day for the Fitness Giveaway.....

Happy Tuesday loves....
Today is the last day to enter the Get Fit for Summer Giveaway
First off...I want to take a minute and thank all of the wonderful ladies that helped me put this giveaway together.  You all are truly my inspiration and my support system. Each and everyone of you push me to do better. I can't thank you enough!! I'm so excited to see who wins this huge giveaway.
Secondly I want to thank everyone for sending good luck wishes for my upcoming surgery. I haven't had a chance with everything going on to email back everyone but believe me when I say I really appreciate it!.  This last weekend and Easter didn't go according to plan, which I will explain later this week but for now all I will say is please send prayers for our family, right now we really need them.  

Here is the last of the four features that I promised you... I hope you've enjoyed reading about each of the ladies that helped make this giveaway possible.

I love this sassy lady since the minute I first started reading her blog. She's had quite a journey.  Recently she made some changes to her blog and actually started designing blog layouts.  So if you need a new look you know who to contact!!
Tia's Story..... 
Hi! I'm Tia from Hands On. Pants off. 


My fitness timeline is pretty standard. So far no kids (although that story is coming on Friday)
I was a rather fit person in high school and college. Being a band geek in the Color Guard keeps you in check, apparently.

That's me holding the plaque.

That's not to say I haven't slipped up a time or two though.
The beginning of college was rough. I was rather sheltered in High School so when I entered college, I went a little crazy. I put on a decent amount of weight (combo of kegs and diners is not pretty, trust me) and by the time Thanksgiving rolled around, none of my normal pants fit anymore. 
I, obviously, still thought I was hot shit because guys were still hitting on me.
Looking back, it was COLLEGE, anyone would hit on anything that walked, so, no points for me.
So I started working out. I watched other dudes in the gym and did what they did. Unfortunately,  I didn't change my eating habits so muscle underneath fat just looks.....large.
The next few years were spent learning how to do things the right way; i.e. eat good foods, don't over eat, work out correctly.
After college I landed my first job and promptly developed a lovely eating disorder. I was so far gone that I didn't realize I had gone from the chubby girl in college to an overly-skinny rail. 
I would wake up, and could not function without planning every calorie for the day and exactly what and for how long I would work out. 
It was debilitating. After I "saw the light" (meaning had to start shopping in the kids clothing department) I slowly started to eat more normally again. Not restricting as much. I eased up on my workouts. I let go.
It was a tough time, and I'm sure I damaged a few relationships along the way. I could never go out because I didn't know how many calories were in things, or I would save all my calories for drinking.
It was not my best moment.
But I am past that, and am lucky to have had the support of my husband and family to get me through.

These days, I work out somewhat consistently. I ebb and flow with workouts. I push myself harder some days and less others. But am much more positive in general.
Each year, around this time, is usually when I kick it into high gear as the weather warms up.



You can follow my story with GFC, Bloglovin', Facebook, and Pinterest.
Make sure to check my page out today and tomorrow for a blog re-design giveaway!
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Erin from Homemade Happenings
I met Erin when I first started blogging and I immediately feel in love with her.  She would always comment on my posts and make me feel so great being a newer blogger.  She's the sweetest person you will ever meet.  Like the rest of us ladies she's been working on her fitness, before, during and after the birth of her sweet man Tate. I have to say she's looking fantastic. When you visit her blog make sure you check out her new blog design that Tia hooked her up with....

Erin's Story....
A year ago February I was 21 weeks pregnant and lost our baby.  I knew we
would get pregnant again but wanted to try to get ahead of the weight gain
so I started the C25K program.  It took me a little longer than 9 weeks, but
I completed it.  I was so proud of myself for following through with the
program and had big ideas that I would start running 3 to 4 times a week and
sign up for a few 5k's.  I could almost see the fat melting off of me.

The first time I tried running after I completed C25K I could barely run 10
minutes.  I had just ran over 30 minutes the week before, but now all of a
sudden I couldn't run 10 minutes.  I didn't know it at the time but I was
pregnant again, and it totally took 'it' out of me.  I took a pregnancy test
shortly after and never tried running again.

Fast forward to this February.  I gave birth to a 10lb 7oz healthy baby boy
and had gained 29lbs during my pregnancy.  9 days after I had Tate I was
able to wear all of my pre-pregnancy clothes, and it felt dang good!  A few
weeks after that I was wearing 1 and 2 pant sizes smaller and had lost a
total of 40lbs - all 29 of my pregnancy pounds plus 11 more!  I was finally
seeing the 150's on the scale!!!  Tate is now 2 months old and I have
maintained that weight loss but still have 20 lbs to lose for me to hit my
goal.  I have been a bit lazy about working out and am needing a push
(shove!) to get me going.  I'd appreciate any support any of you can give
me!  


Analisa from Sunset 79
Analisa is such an amazing motivator, she's always going out of her way to congratulate me if I'm doing good on my challenges and tell me tomorrows a new day if I slip up. Not to mention how awesome she is on staying on track herself.  I think I follow her on every social media I can...

Analisa's Story....
My story began in May of 2011.  I was 37 weeks pregnant and lost my son.  To say I was depressed was an understatement.  I tried to busy myself with couponing and any other project possible.  I couldn't figure out why I was constantly hurting physically.  It was day and night, some days worse than others.  I was finally diagnosed about a year later with fibromyalgia.  Some people believe in it, some people don't. Regardless it HURTS and makes life miserable.  I am one of those people that literally research things until there is nothing else to find.  The main thing I found to help with fibromyalgia was exercise and of course eating healthy.  So then my journey to be a healthier me began. The best part was that I discovered how much I loved working out and here I am!  I have learned to accept the bad things in life and cherish the little things and take care of myself!  It's a daily struggle but luckily I can go to instagram or read some blogs that not only motivate me to workout but to know I am not alone in all of this!  Thank you all for your motivation!!

Nicki is an awesome mom that fits in taking care of herself and has done amazing!!  There will be days I don't wanna work out and I see her sweaty workout pic on IG and I'm like "Damn", if she can do it I can too.  She's joined every challenge I've started and has kept me accountable...She's pretty great!
Nicki's Story......
Hey Everyone! 
This is Nicki from Beautifully Awkward. Alicia invited me to join in on the fun of a giveaway and I accepted even though I'm a giveaway virgin. Ekkk.. 
Then she asked us to share our story and I thought why not. So here goes. 
I am a goofball girl that doesn't take herself to seriously. I am gracefully klutzy. I'm a mommy to 3 awesomely adoreable babies and I've been married forever. I say hi to everyone I meet. 
I believe that a smile can change someone's day and I try really hard to focus on the positive in life. I love to run, dance, margaritas, queso, craft, read and hang out with my family and friends.I started blogging a year and a half ago basically to document my journey, all those deets you can find by checking out the good ole blog under the My Journey Tab. 
Since I started running almost two years ago I have lost 60lbs. I'm still on my journey I still want to lose 40-50 lbs more, although I'm not as concerned about the number anymore. I've since come to the realaztion that it really needs to be based on how I feel. I need to stop obsessing with the number on the scale because that number can't define me. 
That number on the scale use to stop me from doing so many things. I use to use that number as an excuse to not do certain things. I didn't think I could run a marathon until I got down to my goal weight or close to it, but I've proved that damn number wrong. 
Last year I ran my first marathon 26.2 miles. I weighed in at 191 lbs. I wasn't fast or the fastest but I did it. I'm proof that if you want something and if you work for it you can accomplish it! 


Life is about being the best person you can be. I strongly believe if you don’t like something you have the power to change it. My journey isn’t over and I still have goals that I want to accomplish, but it all takes time, so sit back, buckle up and come along for the ride. 

Well that's all I've got for you today...the tomorrows post will have the winner of the Giveaway.
Have a great day!
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Features and Giveaway!

Happy Monday loves,
I hope you all had a great Easter.
There's a little over a day left to enter the GIVEAWAY, so make sure you head over and enter for chance to win!

Today I'm going to continue on introducing some of the lovely ladies that helped me host this awesome giveaway!

I met Darci shortly after I first started blogging and she's been an inspiration since....

Here is Darci's story.....
Hello! It's me, Darci and I blog over at StronglyFeminine! I was more then excited when Alicia asked me to take part in the Get Fit For Summer giveaway and what an awesome giveaway it's turned out to be!  Alicia is letting me borrow a little bit of space in her blog world to tell y'all a little bit about myself! So let's go!
If you have been a follower for long, then you probably know that my struggle with health and food and fitness isn't a new one, or even just a post-baby one...it's literally been a battle for me that started back in middle school/high school. I have some "demons" when it comes to this arena, I don't deny that...if you want to know more about that you can read that post HERE..but for today's post, let's just leave it at I have been a weight "swinger" for literally half of my life.
But here's a little background on the last say 6 or so years...


This picture is from our wedding rehearsal dinner in September 2008, I weighted right at about 140 pounds and was a comfortable size 6 or 8.  I'm 5'4" tall (almost), in case anyone is wondering.




I got pregnant with Jack on our honeymoon or...maybe it was the week of our wedding? Who knows, but I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks after we got home from our honeymoon! Yeah... The picture above is from our wedding picture "retake shoot" about 2 months after our wedding; for those of you that are new around here, you might not know that we didn't end up with ONE PROFESSIONAL photo from our actual wedding day, hence the "retake shoot"! Ugh! If you want to know the whole story you can read that post HERE...the point of the picture is to say I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Jack at this time. I remember I weighed 148 pounds the day we took these pictures because I was SO afraid that I wouldn't be able to get my dress back on! 


The picture on the L was 12 weeks and the picture on the R was 39 weeks with Jack! I gained about 60 pounds during his pregnancy, I know...I know! Wowza! I weighed 205 pounds the day I delivered him in May 2009.
I have to point out that after Jack's pregnancy I actually lost the majority of the baby weight at one point...around the Spring of 2011, but then gained about 35 pounds or so in a matter of 3 months due to some issues with my Thyroid levels and med dosage - oh, did I forget to mention that my thyroid was removed 4 months after I had Jack?! That's a whole other post for another day! Ugh! Needless to say, that was also about the time I got pregnant with Norah Jane!


The picture on the left was mid-summer 2011, my son, Jack had just turned TWO that May. I had also JUST found out that I was pregnant with Norah, I'm talking I was maybe 8 weeks pregnant I think?!  The weight difference between the two pictures is about 30 pounds. I'm currently hovering right around 160 pounds...don't believe me?! I am...one of the gifts I received from my Dad's side, along with my thighs for days is the way the women carry our weight...we just do it well...or that's what I've been told! Ha!

I remember weighing in at my very first appointment with Norah (10 week mark) at 189 pounds! Eek! Did I just type that?! Wow! I gained 20 pounds during the pregnancy and tipped the scales, literally, at 209 pounds the day I delivered her. Yikes..again, why am I typing this!? 


This picture was taken at 37 weeks with Norah, I delivered her at 38w4d in January 2012, so I think it should be a relatively good visual for what me at 209 pounds looks like! Eek! Why?!
After I had Norah is when I really started getting active again; I started running using the c25k app on my iPhone! I ran my first 5k in September of 2012, my first 10k in January 2013 and my first half marathon in November of 2013! Holla! Along the way I also completed my first Tough Mudder in September 2013 and actually have my second one coming up in two weeks! Eek!
If you want to check out what else is coming up on my Fitness Event Schedule you can click HERE! I hope y'all will come on by and say Hiiiiiiiiieee! Xo

Ang from Mean Ang
Ang is also a blogger that I started when I first started out blogging, she's motivating and always trying to better herself.
Ang's Story....
I've been seriously working on my fitness since March 2012.  I had always attempted to eat better and lose weight but never took it seriously.  I got on the scale that one day in March, after avoiding it for many months.  I knew the number was going to be bad and it was.  It was the highest I've ever seen.  Many people look at me and tell me I don't need to lose weight or that I'm already "skinny."  A word I HATE by the way.  I tell everyone that it's not only about the weight, it is about being healthy too.  

As for the working out part, I've never been a gym person.  I've tried signing up for one but then I'd end up not going and wasting money.  I decided to find something that I really enjoy doing and would commit to.  For me that's home workouts, walking, yoga, and spinning particularly Flywheel.  I realized I don't enjoy going to the gym but love doing all those things.  It really comes down to finding something you love to do and doing it.  There are so many options out there to get moving, just as long as you DO.

Currently, I have gained some weight and inches back from lowest last summer.   For some reason, I lost a lot of motivation and have gained some of that back.  I'm beginning to find it again and hoping it will stick around this time.  

Niki from Heavy Cupcake
I met Niki a few months ago and instantly loved her, she has supported me through my challenges with encouraging words.  Recently she joined a challenge and did amazing...so proud of her!

Niki's Story...
People always say that today is the first day of your life. I agree, but unfortunately, the previous of my life has made me fat. Obese even. While I’ve never been “diagnosed”, I know it to be the truth. What 29-year-old, 5 foot 3 inch, woman could weight 226.2 pounds and NOT be obese? I’ve always weighed more than most girls my age. I’ve always been “big-boned”. I’ve always had big cheeks (on my face, not my rear) and in turn, earned the nickname “Chinky” from an Aunt and Uncle.
In high school I’d think I needed to lose a size or two to fit in, but now looking back, in reality, I was just fine. I’ve made up excuses. “My whole family is fat, there’s no way I won’t be!” Or my favorite and most used, “Tomorrow”.  So now, “Tomorrow” is here. No more excuses. No more “Chunky Chinky" no more Heavy Cupcake. Ive lost about 13 pounds since January and am always finding new inspiration to help me do better. Several of these fellow women have inspired and helped me in ways they'll never know. 


Val from Fab Chick Gets Fit
This girl is my boo....she's motivating and supportive, basically she's the bomb dot com! Love her face!!...
Val's Story...
Hi, I'm Val from Fab Chick Gets Fit. I wasn't always overweight. I was pretty active in high school and college. Even after college I continued cheerleading on an adult competitive team. Then life happened. Excuses started becoming a daily thing and before I knew it I went from 150lbs of muscle to 280lbs of... not muscle, haha. In 2012, I turned 30. I had just so happened to see a picture of myself from my birthday vacation in Miami and I cried. For days. So as usual for the 50th time I was starting January 1st. This time I wasn't going to do some fad program, pill or drink. Simply put, I did the research on clean eating and found that I really enjoyed kettle bells. I was going to lose 125lbs. I was going to blog and share my journey with the world. I wanted all women, married, with kids, busy, etc. to know they could do it too. Six months in, I was down 50lbs and I had been following some competitors on Instagram, seeing their bodies transform, I was hooked. I knew I could do it too. I remember in high school and college how easy it was for me to build muscle and I wanted to push myself to get there again. So I decided in a year, I would be competing. Fast forward to January 2014, I hired my coach and I've been on a strict workout and eating plan. I love it. I love seeing my body change. I will compete later this year. Stay tuned!

This girl is awesome, I've been following her for a while now and she's super inspiring.  Stacie is now expecting and I'm looking forward to following her on her fit pregnancy journey!

Stacie's Story....
2011, Husband deployed which meant one thing..time to get that hot bod for when he got back.  I did it!  I went to the gym, did insanity, and watched what I ate.  By the time he came back 7 months later, I was the smallest I had ever been in my life.  I would call that, these days, skinny (though I wasn't skinny) fat.  Well, deployment lead to our first baby (thanks hot bod!).  March 2012, I gave birth to our beautiful baby boy. I was happy with that gift, but by May 2012 I couldn't lose the crazy amount of weight I had put on.  I was now 196 pounds and a size 12/14...THIS WAS NOW THE BIGGEST I'D EVER BEEN.
  It was then that my great friend, Sarah, told me about Advocare 24 day challenge.  I was excited and nervous, but I jumped on board.  24 days later I was down 15 lbs and 25 inches.  I couldn't believe it.  I stayed with the eating and on products and from May 2012-May 2013 I lost 56 lbs and got down to a size 2/4!!  I look back at pictures and I cannot believe that I am more fit than I was before I had a baby.  I never thought that could happen.  
  We are now expecting our 2nd baby and I am determined not to have a great success story ha, well, sort of.  The challenge and weight loss has opened up my entire world to wanting to help other people look and feel good about themselves.  I have learned how to eat, to workout, to lift weights, to love my body.  I wouldn't change it for the world!!

All of these women have one thing in common...they are all motivating and inspiring. Those are the first words that come to my mind when I think of them.  Make sure you stop in and say "HI".

How did you do with eating this weekend?
Did you stay on track?

Well that's it for me today.  I have homework and lots of other things to do before surgery on Wednesday..
Have a great day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Feature Friday and Fitness Giveaway.

Happy Friday loves,
No vlog for you today because I want to introduce you to  4 more amazing women that helped me make the Get Fit for Summer Giveaway possible.


Aubrey Leigh from ALG Uninterrupted
Aubrey Leigh is working mom and wife that makes time to take care of herself.  Everyday she focuses on eating healthy and exercising even though that means waking up for the 5am so she can get her workouts in.  All of her hard work has really paid off. I loved AL the minute I started following her, she's motivating and supportive to others that are also trying to adjust to a healthy lifestyle.  We talk via text everyday with a few other ladies to help each other stay accountable.  Literally somedays we smack donuts out of each others face!  We share our triumphs and fails with each other, women supporting women is what its all about...
Aubrey Leigh says....
Hi, I'm Aubrey Leigh and I have been on a diet since the early 90's.  No lie.  I started packing on the pounds around age 12.  My relationship with junk food started when I would come home from school, alone, and eat until my parents got there. 
I am now 34, a mom, wife, and full time profesh.  And even as I type this I want to go snuggle with a bag of Doritos and powdered donuts.

I realized somewhere between my first and second child, when I had gained exactly 100 lbs. from the time I met my Husband, that I had to end this craziness. 
I started my blog in August of 2013, about 8 weeks after having my second son, to hold myself accountable to the world for my goals to be a fit mom and wife.  I want to model good behavior for my children.  And I love meeting new people on the OMGINTERNET and growing my network of friends and supporters. 
I'm currently doing Weight Watchers, down 28 lbs., and incorporating as much weight training and as little cardio as I can to get the job done.  I run some, do elliptical some, lift, and complain.  Feel free to ask me any questions! 

Desiree from Macke Monologues
Desiree is a Cali girl, she has a beautiful family that she spends all her time with and blogs about.  Her little dude, Marcus is adorable and you can sure tell by his smiles he loves his mama.  Not only is Desiree a runner but she makes sure her whole family is active, they are always hiking and walking.  She has constantly cheered me on during my journey of trying to get healthy by offering encouraging words...plus she's a lover of coffee and wine, which makes her my soul mate!

Crystal Michelle from Crystal Michelle's Mess
I was paired up with Crystal for a blogger swap.. It didn't take long for me to realize what an amazing person she was.  She's a photographer, mom of 3, wife to the love of her life, nursing student  and a fitness buff.  I loved getting to know her because we had a lot in common which included a crazy schedule. Crystal posts motivating pictures on her IG and blog about the variety of exercises, her latest is flirty girl hip-hop.

Crystal Michelle says....
 Almost a year ago I was taking care of my dad full time, I remember HATING to go over there some days and would cringe on picking up the phone for fear of him needing something. I hated watching him die…. I hated it, when I would leave I would think of the lake, him playing me a song, us joking, being his little girl and riding with him everywhere, late night Jack in The Box Cheesecake or the funny parts that happened that day.. I would wash away the 16 medications, breathing treatments and the days where he simply talked to me no better than a 4 year old for loss of oxygen to his brain for to long, the showers that made him feel less of a man that I would try to joke through to get us both through it and the days where I was afraid to walk in because he was just laying to still…. my husband was out of town 5 days out of 7 we had no relationship whats so ever, but I was so busy I never knew…. I was a photographer & new business owner, mom of three kids, Dance, Football and normal house hold duties and a pretty shitty sister, daughter and friend. I know all this now but I was oblivious to any of these things back then.
This has a point.
With all of this being said I feel as if I lost me.. All of me I was depressed and I didn’t even know it. I became this person, that just was going through the motions of everyday life, trying to cram it all in and stay afloat. I didn’t care about me. but wait when have I really ever cared about me?
I haven’t.
Taking care of my father was the worst thing I have ever had to do in my life, but in the same breath the most breath takingly beautiful thing I have ever done in my life. I have said it before but I will say it again, God knows me and knows my heart… he knew that when I lost that man that I would be lost.. he knew that if he took him from me he would have to make me see why he had to come home, and he did.. ( this has a point) I learned more than I could have ever imagined in this time that at one time seemed like such a long time, but in reality looking back it was only a brief moment to me I wish I could have back. I learned that the strong fall, that the decisions of your youth WILL affect your future, that time was precious, that family was precious, that when we are so busy growing up that our parents are growing old, how important savings is and insurance, how God is gracious even when we don’t see it fair, and I learned that I NEVER want to put my kids through what I was going through ever…………. It was good for me, but it was time to take a step back and take care of me, because with out taking care of me that means they will have to do the dirty work or put me up in a stinky old home ( which FYI I am SOOOOOOOO glad that I fought tooth & nail to NEVER do to my dad)
Okay here is the point
I was finally done….. I woke up. I got mad… yup that is what happened… I was mad… so mad…. why was he taken, why has this life been so hard, why do people do drugs, why can’t my mom walk well, why why why why.. and well I dont do drugs and never have so… it was either go in to depression ( which I did for a while…) Or kick ass…. I started talking to people, going to the gym, stopped taking stupid diet pills, and starving myself ( which totally used to work by the way hahaha) I was tired of hearing " are youpregnant?" because I am so tall my legs are slim and I hold all my weight in my stomach. I teamed up with Amy… I dont really know if she will fully understand what she has done for me, pushing me when she didn’t even realize it or letting me talk or vent or bitch or sharing what she is eating or giving me that look of is that what your eating.. but more than that more than anything negative she has been so positive…. even when I wasn't even if she had to lie to tell me that I looked skinnier or I was a bad ass in spin or rpm.. even if she had to fake it it worked. I started talking to people who WERE fit.. who did eat right what worked for them and I stopped reading bullshit of what to do and what not to do.. I just took everyone’s info and crammed it all together to make my own.
I am NOT the best roll model by any means… just FYI but I am trying

Sami from Simply Sami
 Sami is a working mama and wife that loves to run..  She is a beach body coach and love to help others meet their goals.  I've watched Sami transform into who she is today.  She works hard it and gives others motivation by charing her story.


I hope your enjoying getting to know these ladies, they are all pretty amazing.  Monday I will have some more to share with you.  So make sure you check back..

Has everyone heard from their Swag Swap partners?  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.  We want this to be a wonderful experience for all.  Remember packages are due to go out by May 1st.   


Well lets get this weekend started. Whats your plans for Easter?  Easter basket ideas you wanna share with me?  I'm heading out in a bit to finish my shopping....its never ending!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Four Feature Thursday....and Get Fit for Summer Giveaway...

Happy Thursday loves...
I hope everyone is getting sign up for the best giveaway ever!!
Get Fit for Summer Giveaway


I wanted to take the opportunity and feature a few of the bloggers daily that are helping me host this huge fitness giveaway for you, they are all very near and dear to my heart.  They give me daily inspiration and help me meet my goals..  So here are their fitness stories.

Jasmine from Fleurty and Fit
First off....This girl is amazing...I love seeing her progress photos on IG, she's killing it.  Also, she's handy dandy and makes headbands. Needless to say I'm addicted to them and her!!


I've always seen myself as overweight, even when I wasn't. I look back at photos from high school at around 125-130 pounds and want to scream for thinking I was anywhere near fat.  My weight crept on in college. I was less active, going out drinking more, and eating crap in the food court or fast food. As nursing school got harder, I did nothing but eat and study. I don't think it really hit me how much I had gained until I joined Weight Watchers for the first time after Nursing School and I weighed in at about 190.  I was newly married, working night shift, no kids, so it was easy to lose weight that time. I lost about 50 pounds by eating Boca Burgers, green beans, and mall walking every morning with my mom and I had finally gotten down to my goal weight (140) and I was so happy. Not for long…enter baby #1. Four years later, baby #2.   Pregnancy was my excuse to eat ALL THE FRIED THINGS! I gained so much weight with both pregnancies--I don't even remember exactly how much, but I know I was in the 200s.
Then my life was not my own anymore. I became a mom and a wife, and everyone else's needs came before my own. And I think that is how most mom's feel--taking a back burner to just get things done, and make everyone else happy. I have been a nurse for 14 years, and I have always struggled with feeling like a hypocrite for telling others how to eat healthy and lose weight, to avoid heart disease and diabetes, when I am overweight myself. (hearing in my head: Why should we listen to her?)
So what changed? I was tired of squeezing into my size 18s. I was starting to see how I felt about myself was affecting my relationship (bow-chica-bow-wow)with my husband (and he doesn't deserve that). My kids are a little older, and more self-sufficient. Pinterest was born. 
While searching for recipes or exercise tips, my new obsession with Pinterest led me to a blog --someone talking about how they lost weight, gave tips, and showed some great before and after pictures. From that girl, I found another, and another, and another, until I was inspired and I decided I wanted to be that girl. After about a year of reading so many inspiring blogs about weight loss and transformations, I decided I wanted to be the person who helps others by being brave enough to put herself out there and change her body.  When I started this blog in January, I just wanted to have a place to document the journey I was about to start. I wanted to have a place to look back on and see how far I'd come. I wanted an outlet to write out my feelings. I could've kept it all to myself. But who is that helping? Definitely not me--I've been keeping all these feelings to myself for years--and that's only gotten me one thing--a wide ass and a muffin top.

What else changed? I began making myself a priority, and I am blessed that I have a family that supports me. I started to make exercise a priority, and change the way I eat. If it means I make two separate meals, that’s what I do. I cut out carbs for about 3 months, and lost 20 pounds. Just this week, I started to eat clean.  I am currently sitting at 195--that's 22 pounds lost since I started this blog.   I still have a long way to go, but seeing my progress,  helping other people, and making new friends on the world wide web makes it all worth it. 
My name is Adie from over at www.fourfitsisters.com.  I am one of four girls who have enjoyed taking time to help and support others as they try to navigate their way through the health and fitness world.  I am a former college and professional athlete, and current kindergarten teacher & fitness consultant.  I enjoy motivating others to find the drive to be the best they can be in their lives each day – to give it their all and nothing more.  
My fitness story starts back when I was in college. When I left for college, I played softball at SIUC with two of my three sisters. I was always in good shape due to playing softball and basketball in high school, and that followed me through college as well. I was at my smallest in college while being put through the gruesome workouts and playing so much ball. After my four years of ball, I went back for my fifth year and student teaching, staying in great shape and probably being even a bit thinner than when I played.  Fast forward to December of 2004, when Haley and I signed to go play professional softball for the Chicago Bandits. Yeah!

Adie from Four Fit Sisters
I met Adie through Candra....when we decided to join Adie's 30 day challenge or rather I should say Candra wanted to join and made me join with her.  Best thing I could've have possibly done.  Adie help me with my clean eating.. If you're looking for someone to help you stay driven and focused, makes sure you visit her blog and see when her next challenge is going on.

When I arrived in Chicago we started practice and everything was going great. During our first game’s warm up, I dove for the ball and something popped in my knee – bummer.  I had to have knee surgery bringing my activity level to a sudden halt.
During the rehab process, I definitely felt my body changing.  I am not a person that can sit still and maintain weight.  I feel like this is when I stopped being happy with my body.  
Fast forward getting married and having two kids. Throughout all of this, I just never felt like myself again. I worked out HARD and always had. I’d run, I’d lift weights, cardio – everything you should do.  My hubby trains athletes for a living, my basement is full of equipment and DVDs and treadmills and I have no excuse not to work out. If I miss a day or two of working out, I feel guilty. So I struggled with putting in so much work and not seeing results. Even gotten my thyroid tested and tried supplements and other hard core diets, without success. Add in having three beautiful sisters, who have also had kids of their own and had much more success, it was difficult. Although I am super proud and happy for them, my struggle with not being able to understand or wrap my brain around my difficulties has been trying at times, but I keep pushing on.
I have always eaten pretty healthy – watching what I eat always, splurging a bit on weekends and during celebrations, but always keeping a pretty good watch on what I shovel in to my mouth. My sisters and son have recently been diagnosed with Celiac and this has changed our diet even further. We are strictly gluten free and have learned a lot about trigger foods that cause inflammation for people, and work extensively on this with our challengers.  This has been a great learning experience for me and my sisters and so may have benefited from our research and experiences.  We are overall very healthy. I maintain my weight very easily, but really struggle losing weight.
In July of last year I joined a 30 day challenge with my older sister, Marta.  She kept me accountable and inspired me to not only help myself, but to start helping others as well.  It really made me see the impact of a support system and accountability group.  It was the first great gains I had seen in a long time.  I became a fitness consultant in July of 2013 and have never looked back.  
Before my 30 day challenge, I had no problem with the amount I saw when I look at the scale, I just was not happy with what my body looked like. I weighed 145-155 in college and looked great. I was only at 160 compared to that, but have a completely different body. It is amazing what children will do to you.  The number on the scale literally means nothing to me. It’s all about how you feel both with and without my clothes on…and I am finally to the point where I am super proud of what I see in the mirror.  
During my 30 day challenge, I lost 6 pounds and 15 ½ inches.  I am a work in progress and continue to learn and grow my knowledge and my challenges so that I can not only help myself, but help my challengers.   I have lost many more inches, although my weight stays pretty consistent.   I am most proud of the ability to do this in a healthy way that is important in maintenance.  We work hard on making life long changes so that challengers can continue the habits long after our 30 days are up.  
For this giveaway, I have donated an entry into my next 30 day challenge.  I have had great success helping others, and I hope that the winner gets to put all of these amazing items together to create a healthy and successful movement towards greater health and fitness.  
You can read about my journey here, on our Four Fit Sisters blog too!

I met Trista when I first started blogging. She's a sweetheart and pretty awesome. Trista is a great mom and still does an amazing job taking care of herself and getting healthy.. Make sure you stop by and say "hi"
My fitness story. What a roller coaster ride!! I've been working at a better me for 2 years now. I've battled through sickness, anxiety, anxiety about my sicknesses, and a serious addiction to sodas (Pepsi for the most part), and a serious aversion to working out. 

With all that said, I've managed to lose 15 lbs and almost completely kick my soda habit. 

I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be, but I am working hard to become a more perfect version of me. Follow my blog and join me on this journey! 


Candra is a super mom, fitness beast, yoga queen, wonderful friend and she claims to be an awesome wife... I'm sure she probably is.  I met Candra through blogging a few months ago and we just clicked.  She loves to eat clean and try new recipes to make it more exciting.  She's famous for her upside down (yoga)  and goofy pictures on IG.  This girl is determined to be the best person she can be from her personal life to her blogging/fitness life.  Truly an amazing woman.  Plus I can text her when I want a cupcake and she listens to me! 


I'm going to be honest. I feel like a fake most of the time. I have never been super overweight, or extremely unhealthy. I'm short (a little under 5 foot) which makes me look small regardless. Because of this I have always been nervous to join any sort of support group in fear that people would call me out, or I would get the usual "Why do you want to lose weight you are tiny". I am married with two kids and I am currently at my highest weight (well when I started). I have ran in the past and still currently run. Even when I run races I'm always nervous someone is going to spot me and figure out I'm not a real runner... eek. Crazy I know. 
Honestly I don't even know how to tell my "fitness story" because I don't feel like I have one. Maybe that's why I put this off for so long!
I'm a mom, a wife, I work what I consider full time. I want to make time for myself, and treat food as fuel.
My dad recently passed away from his battle with cancer, and it taught me how important it is to appreciate your ability to be active when so many people cant.
So that's what I'm doing.

So there ya have it four of the 18 amazing bloggers that made this giveaway happen for you...I may not know them all on a best friend status but I'm super excited to get to know them even better in the future.  If you need motivation and inspiration, make sure you follow all four of these ladies...
Tune in tomorrow for the next four features.....In the mean time go enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Get Fit for Summer Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday loves.....

I've got something big for you today.  I teamed up with 17 amazing bloggers who love fitness to help one lucky person with their fitness goals...How awesome is that??
Check out all of the goodies you could win....


As most of you know I've been concentrating on maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes clean eating (85%-90% of the time) and working out....I've had some great results just by taking better care of myself and watching what I put in my body.  So fitness has really been on my mind...when I contacted all of these ladies about doing a giveaway, they jumped on the bandwagon, which amazed me to have 18 bloggers come together and work together to make someone happy and healthy too.  Seriously this little blogging community that we have freaking rocks! 
So thank you ladies for helping make this giveaway everything it is.



Make sure you stop in and visit all these amazing ladies that want to help you GET FIT FOR SUMMER!

Alicia from Brew Mama Umm yea, hi thats me!!

Each day I'm going to feature 4 of these wonderful bloggers and tell you a little bit about them so make sure you check back on Thursday!

I will warn you...there are a ton of ways to enter the giveaway, you can do as many or as little as you like. But remember the more you do the better the chance to win!
So what ya waiting for??? Go Enter!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Progress Not Perfection

Happy Monday Bitches!!

Not to much going on in my little world except the same old same.  Couldn't get my ass out of bed this morning but given the fact I didn't get to bed until 1:30 am, I guess I know why 5am club sounded ridiculous.

I'm teaming up with 17 other blogging chicks and we are putting together an awesome GET FIT FOR SUMMER GIVEAWAY...it will be up on Wednesday!!


The weather was wonderful this weekend, it was a little too windy but I'll still take it.

Sunday was my 6 week weigh in.....
In the last 2 weeks I've lost 2.8 lbs and 2 3/4 inches.
Not a huge loss but I'll take it.
I don't see a ton a difference in my pictures but I still thought I'd share.
Left was 3-30 and right is 4-13

Left was 3-30 and right is 4-13

Left was 3-30 and right is 4-13
My eating has been perfect, I eat clean about 85% of the time and I've been drinking water and only water. I need to step up my workouts and hopefully that will make a difference.
I'm trying to remember that its progress and not perfection... the struggle is real!!

Weekly Goals....to clarify I will drink 100 oz of water a day!


I was super excited on Friday when I went jeans shopping and I'm down 2 sizes....My booty can fit into a size 8 now... which is amazing! 

I'm aware I still have a lot of work ahead of me but I'm going to keep trucking on. 


Thank you to all of you who support me and keep me motivated...you know who you are. If you need support and someone to hold you accountability don't hesitate to email me!! 

Have a great day peeps!