What’s Up?

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What’s Up, besides my weight that is….How can you want something so bad, but yet you can’t control yourself to get it?  Yesterday as we were watching TV a commercial came on for one of those media-spas that “get rid of your body fat in just one day” Vivian turns and looks at me and says “mom why don’t you do that?” I told her because it doesn’t just work like that and it cost lots of money. Bless her heart that g12513857_10208527355720936_8188607754644347526_oirl looks at me and says in all seriousness “I know, I can give you all the money in my piggy bank for it” That right there should have broke my heart in two, made me hop up and get on that treadmill, instead I just sat in my chair and curled up in my blanket a little longer. I know that she is getting older and starting to notice more that mommy has a “big booty butt” (as we call it) and a big belly and I cringe at the day that she will be embarrassed by me because her mommy is fat. I mean I am going to embarrass through out the years, but I don’t want it to be because of my weight.

Last night my mom called me to come over to have a late night “business meeting” in the hot tub. I went over, we sat in that hut tub for 2 hours!! The night was perfect with a full moon, no wind and it was almost 30 degrees out! We talked about work and started getting excited for our upcoming season of senior pictures and our new class of spokesMODELS, we talked about all the new cool stuff coming into the Boutique for the next sale (all I can say is think Joanne Gaines!) and of course we talked about our weight. How we still haven’t lost anything over the winter, how 4th of July will be here before we know it and how this year was going it be different! Man I so want it to be different, I want to skinny (I am using this term loosely because I know it isn’t all about size), I want to go and pick out a cute outfit for the 4th and not just see what there is in my size and looks decent.

Rant over, thanks for listening.

Love Always … Tam

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Obligatory New Years Post

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Obligatory New Years PostSo here it is, my New Years post, the one that will (hopefully) define how I will be in the new year. That I promise to better myself and lose those extra 10 (or 100) pounds. Will this be the year I will actually stick to my resolution?

This year’s resolution will be a little different then years past. Instead of just resolving to just lose weight (which is still a big part for me) I have decided that… My resolution this year is…. To do the best for me and keep moving forward. Meaning, when prompted at a situation I will ask myself “is this the best for me?” Is it best for me to get up and work out or sleep in? That answer will most always be to get out of bed! Is it best for me to eat pizza tonight with my family or go for a healthier alternative? This one is where I will change my way of thought… At that moment is the family time more important then what I eat… And sometimes Pizza will win. This then leads me to the next part of my resolution, to keep moving forward, if I chose to have pizza that night, fine, it’s done and move forward. No feeling guilty about eating it, no taking a few days off from healthy eating, just move on.

Happy New Year

I also have few other goals for 2016, Double my income with Beachbody, Pay off my last student loan…. If you know me I love a good old fashion planner, the kind you write in with a pen and has nothing to do with your smart phone. I found a bloom Vision Planner and I love it! Besides your normal planner stuff it has, your goals for the month and then how are you going to make those goals happen. That is the part I really like, actually having to write down how are you going to achieve these goals.

Plans in place, I have already stuck to two of my goals today (cleaning out the pantry and blogging at least 1x a week) but I missed out on one (Shakeology daily) and I’m ok with it, moving forward, tomorrow’s a new day.

Love Always … Tam

Mason Jar Chicken Salad and Honey Mustard Dressing

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The Mason Jar Chicken Salad and Honey Mustard Dressing has been one of my staples since starting on the 21 Day Fix. You can have it for lunch or dinner, it is easy and you get so much food!

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I usually prepare my meals on Sunday, but this is easy enough to put together any night of the week. Keep this recipe handy because I am sure it will become one of your favorites too.

Mason Jar Chicken Salad

Give it a try and tell me what you think. If you are interested in learning more about The 21 Day Fix and Team Beachbody click below.

Love Always … Tam

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Keep Moving Forward

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I haven’t been blogging much lately because I feel like I don’t have much to share with you. The numbers on the scale haven’t been moving much, I know that is a direct effect of how much effort I have been putting into my eating and working out. Then I had a talk with one of my coaches the other day and she told me that even though I don’t think I have story to share, I do. It doesn’t matter that the numbers on the scale aren’t moving or that I don’t think people will want to follow a girl who has 100+ pounds to lose on how to live a healthy life style, it is my story. There are people out there who will go through that same struggles and that by sharing my story they too might be motivated to keep moving forward.

So here it is… The last couple weeks I have not been sticking to my 21 Day Fix eating plan, some days I do some and some days I convince myself it’s ok to stop at McDonalds for breakfast. My workouts have improved slightly. I completed the first day 21 Day Fix workout and could not walk for 4 days, I hurt so bad! The workout was not that hard and it’s only 30 min, I am just that out of shape, I have not worked out in over a year, or longer. For now I have decided walking on the treadmill is right for me.

I know how important eating right and working out (not just walking) is to my weight loss, I can tell you when to eat, what to eat, how much to eat, but what I can’t tell you how to do is break that mental block inside your head. The one that says you don’t have to workout today, or you can have the pop or you don’t need to pack your food for the day. This physical change is just as much a mental change

Keep Moving ForwardI found this picture this week and I think fits perfectly to my story. I have started over so many times, it is time to just keep moving forward.

Love Always … Tam

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Oh Life…

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Oh life when did you become so busy, like trying to manage a fortune 500 company, alone.

I have yet to make it back to the gym since my Buns & Guns debut. I had every intention, had it planned out on the calendar, told the hubs what nights he would have the kids and then he worked overtime all week. So needless to say the gym got bumped. Even though I could’ve went when he got home at 7:30 at night, I chose not too. But tomorrow is another day and I won’t have kids all weekend, they will be hanging out will my sister, so my goal is to hit up the gym once Saturday and Sunday.

Here is my week in review (I told you it was a big one)

Friday Night was Halloween. My Pirate, Pirate Princess and I headed out and did our normal tour of grandparents, great-grandparents and a few other houses. Those kids made a killing in candy and it was all the good chocolate candy, not the cheap stuff that nobody likes. I had the hubs take what was left on Monday to work, after we made a good dent in it over the weekend. Vivian wasn’t even sad, I hid the bag from her, she found it, gave it to her dad and said “mom said you can take this to work” and that was it.

Sunday night was one of my favorite nights. I am lucky enough to have a core group of friends that I have been friends with since Kindergarten, except Chelsea she didn’t come along until middle school, you get my point we have been friends a long time. Over the years I have been closer to some of the girls then others but what I love is that no matter what is going on, how long it has been since we have talked to each other, when we get together it is like not a day has passed since we were all 17 and the best of friends. Sunday night was our girls night, we went to the traditional place the casino, won some money, lost some money and had a great time.

Tuesday my sister flew into town and the one thing she wanted to do was surprise Vivian at school. Vivian had no clue that auntie was coming for a visit. So we got to school right before they were getter ready to leave, they were outside playing. When all the kids were coming in from recess, Lindsay stood by the door of the class room. Vivian came in and looked at auntie who a look of confusion and it wasn’t until Auntie said, “Hi Vivian” that she realized it was her. Vivian gave her the biggest hug ever, then pulled back and looked at Auntie’s face, hugged her again, she couldn’t believe that Auntie was there. On Thursday Auntie got to go on Vivian’s first field trip with her to the Children’s museum.

Love Always … Tam

Buns and Guns

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Tuesday night was my debut at the gym. I was late for the first class so I hopped on the treadmill until Buns and Guns. I started out at 3 mph, my shins hurt so I took it down a few notches and worked my way back up to 3.  It was a nice brisk walk and I got to watch some good reality TV (can those words even be in the same sentence, Good and Reality TV??)  Buns and Guns was a whole different story I was sweating my ass off in the first 5 min, I thought I was going to die. When I first walked in the class the instructor immediately sought me out as a new person, came over, introduced herself and we had a little chat. I’m not going to lie I was a little taken back, most of my communication with people is done via e-mail or text, so I am a little rusty on my verbal skills. She definitely made a good first impression on me. So the class consist of your body and small weights, I used 5 lbs and will be using 3 lbs next time. You do a series of motions that work your gluts and arms all perfectly timed to music. Sounds pretty easy right? Wrong! It is Thursday and I still want to cry when I walk up stairs.

This next is going to be a crazy one. Tomorrow is Halloween and Becky flies home. Saturday is girls night at the Casino. Tuesday my sister flies home. Friday is Garth Brooks!!! Oh and I will be working in the gym between all of that. Look for updates on everything next week.

Love Always … Tam

The Gym

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So I had a minor set back in joining the gym last week like I had planned. It turned out that our insurance plan is not involved in the Frequent Fitness program where they give you $20 of your monthly membership fee back to you if you go X times in a month. So being strapped for cash as it is I was having a hard time convincing myself the $60+ a month it was going to cost me in membership fees and daycare was worth it. But after some talks with my mom, my friend Kate and my husband the overall consensus is to just do it!! So last night I did it… joined the gym that is. I have been apart of this gym before and I Love it there, it is mainly women that go there and they have amazing classes. I made Eric promise to give me two nights a week where he has the kids, feeds them, puts them to bed and not to make a mess of the house!! I know that this sounds like normal things a parent should do but he gets so wrapped up in things that “need to be done” he hardly spends any time with them.  Men and Women are such different creatures because spending time away from those kids are one of the big reasons I didn’t want to go back to the gym because I felt like I never saw them. So this will be good for both of us, I get some time away with adult interaction and he gets some time with the kids. I start tonight with a Buns & Guns class… I can’t wait!!

Love Always … Tam