Eeny Meeny My knee hurts!

So along with cardio and weights I have added karate to my work outs! My oldest son has been doing karate since August of last year and last month we decided I should join too 🙂

It’s amazing how much core control you have to have to be able to do pretty much all of the drills. It has been very good so far except that it reminds me of how old I am and all the joints that don’t want to do things I want them to do 🙂

But God has given me another opportunity to strengthen myself and I’m going to use it too!

Took a running leap off the health wagon

Like many people who struggle with weight loss I slipped up, got sick, baby wouldn’t stop crying in day care so I couldn’t stay at the gym. There are many reasons we let ourselves stop. But there are many reasons we get back up and on that treadmill or under those weights.

I have 3 little reasons, 2 of whom aren’t as little as I remember them yesterday :-/ They want to play and run and be picked up and snuggled. Even the 4ft. 5in. 8 year old wants to be picked up and held sometimes. And I want/need to be able to do that.

So after a week long pity party, I’ve picked myself up, and climbed back up onto that horse.

My main focus right now is cardio. I’m working through my C25K app with my drill instructor friend’s voice yelling in my head to “suck it up, buttercup!” And no more poor, poor me parties, they’re no fun anyway!

Finding a way through

The devil sure does know how to bring us low. My baby boy is once again sick and he isn’t allowed around other kids for about 4 days. So no church tomorrow and no gym day care.

Now when this happened 2 weeks ago I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t have a plan on how to continue to eat right, because I stress eat, or a plan on how to possibly do my activtrax workouts at home. But now I do! I’ve been shopping healthy so I don’t have junk food to temp me. And I’ve dusted off our old resistance band so I can do “weights” at home.

I have a will and God has shown me the way!

Today was a good day :-)

The last two days I’ve gone to the gym I’ve had to leave early because my youngest is a cranky kid who doesn’t like the child care room. He starts crying when we walk down the hallway!

Well today my husband was off work so after a morning appointment, he was able to come pick up the kids while I got to finish a full workout! It was wonderful not to worry about my baby screaming his head off 😆

So now I’m sitting and relaxing for the evening and most of my body hurts, but my heart is full with the love of my God and my family ❤️❤️

Zumba on a broken toe

So I kicked a block of marble on Saturday and broke my little toe. I’ve broken toes before, mainly because I insist on walking barefoot a majority of the time and also because I’m a clutz 😁

Thankfully I had already set to meet a teammate for Zumba on Monday (yesterday) morning  or I probably wouldn’t have gone to the gym at all. But I taped up my battered appendage and set off to dance.

I could do many of the moves without much pain, but there were a few steps that pinched a bit. The good part of a big class is that you can fiddle around with the moves and no one really notices 😊 So we did the class and then I got to do my activtrax and all in all it was a good day, even with the little toe pain.


PS. Of course today I kicked a door jam with my poor broken toe because that’s how it works 🙈

Beast Mode is painful but worth it

Today I worked with my trainer Kelsie and we did part weights and part Beast Mode. I’ve never done Beast Mode before but I’ve seen some of the workouts and thought, “No way could I ever do that!” But today I did! And although it was only 3 excersizes I was able to do them 3 times and I didn’t die!

My oldest son is in karate and when the kids say something hurts, his instructor asks “Did you die?” Well I didn’t die and I actually feel good! I didn’t at the time, of course, but I do now 😁

So it won’t kill us and it will make us stronger!

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control…”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:27‬a ‭ESV

In the gym again!!

little-kid-going-big1    Woohoo!! It felt so good to get back in the gym and push some free weights around! I did some cardio on the treadmill but not too much, I didn’t want to scare everyone off with my hacking cough 🙊 Then I got my activtrax workout and lifted 15,676lbs 😁 I like how activtrax adds the weight by the reps and tells you the total amount of weight you lift in that workout. It’s encouraging and a little pat on the back when you’re done.

After the weights and the abs 😑 I got back on the treadmill for another 20 minutes to cool down and get in some more steps for my Fitbit.

My 2 youngest boys were in the childcare and the baby (18 months old now 🙂 had been crying for a little bit, but the ladies are awesome and took care of him. He was asleep within 5 minutes of leaving the gym and has been asleep since we got home 2 hours ago. Now after all we’ve been through the last 2 weeks I started checking for symptoms of sickness. But then my wonderfully level-headed husband reminded me of the symptoms of growth spurts 😄 So our already big little guys is getting bigger, which is great but also kinda sad because I want him to stay little!

Life moves on every minute, every hour, every day and every day I’m getting healthier so I can play with my big little loves!


Isaiah 40:29-31

“He gives power to the faint, abundant strength to the weak. Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”

Bright light at the end of the tunnel

imagesYay!! We’re out of the worst of it! My oldest has been back at school this week and the other 2 are almost completely better 🙂 My husband didn’t get sick and my voice doesn’t sound quite like the bass from the Gaither Brothers band anymore 🙈

I know I’m not yet ready for the gym, walking to much can set me into a serious coughing fit, but I’m looking forward to getting back to Zumba and Activtrax on Monday.

God has been good to us and although I was very discouraged in the midst of our little storm, I know that He has my path and that of my family in His hands.

I’m getting past the flu and the virus and the bleh and I’ll be back kicking calories in only a few days!

Bronchitis…in my throat

I am so discouraged! I haven’t been to the gym since last Monday and I had to leave after an hour to go pick up my sick son. I wrote last week that all 3 of my kids were sick, 2 still are somewhat, and now I have bronchitis in my throat!

I probably won’t get back to the gym until Thursday or Friday of this week at all.

I have been given this amazing opportunity to get healthy and change my life. I’m physically capable to do it, I have my families support and I can’t workout because of my throat.

I know the main emphasis behind Rob’s Big Losers is to help us get to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s also a competition and I’m already over a week behind. I’m not going to quit but I, in my pain-filled, medicated state feel like I won’t be able to catch up and have a chance to win the overall competition :0(

When real life happens

Rolling with the punches is a good way to live but it still hurts, because they’re punches. I’ve gotten in 1 activtrax workout this week and a little bit of cardio because all 3 of our kids are sick, one has the flu 😞 So really all I can do is walk around my house and eat right. But I can do it. I’ve done programs before where everything in your life had to go smoothly or it just wouldn’t work. But in changing my lifestyle for real life I know I can get healthy even when life isn’t perfect. 

We have all the meds and I’m diffusing all the oils and sanitizing the whole house 🙂 I’m praying we’re on the other side of this and next week I can get back into the gym.