Mamavation Monday

I don’t really have much to report, I feel like each day is getting better than the day before, but it’s hard. Every day seems to be a struggle.

Sorry for the woe is me post today, just feeling a bit down I guess.

Starting Weight: 217.8

Current Weight: 215.2

Total Loss:  -2.6

My goals for this week is to just make each day better than the day before. Cut out the fast food and diet coke and find a way to exercise and stick with it.


Mamavation Monday “{Weekly Weigh In}

If there’s one thing I miss about Weight Watchers, it’s the weekly accountability of weighing in at the center. Just the fact that at the end of the week, I was going to weigh in was usually enough to keep me on track and stay motivated. Once I left Weight Watchers, I stopped weighing myself weekly and even though last week I challenged myself to get on track with exercise again…I took a spring break along with my two kids. I needed a break from the blog, the laptop, counting calories and exercise minutes and obsessing over what foods I was going to or not going to eat. The break was much needed. I know what I need to do and I’m ready to go for it. Unfortunately, I also put on about 4lbs, which I could blame on the reese’s eggs, but I know it was a combination of many things.

This post is so hard for me to write today, I’ve been composing it in my head for a few days now, but keep hesitating to publish. I used to be so active, now it seems most days doing laundry and dishes is active as it gets. I am pretty disgusted that my life revolves around the TV and the DVR. I am home all day with my 4 year old who is really easy going and pretty much entertains himself and does his own thing; apparently I don’t play cars the “right” way.  I used to be the person who was on the go all day long,  trying to squeeze in workouts and outside walks whenever I could, and lately it seems I can’t be bothered to do more than 30 minutes a day. I don’t want to be this person anymore. I want to push myself when I work out, squeeze in exercise whenever I can during the day and most importantly…remove the Jen shaped imprint off the couch.

I have the best intentions at heart, but have the follow through of nothing. I don’t know what my issue has been. I know how to work hard, I know that I want to change, so why am I not changing? It comes down to one thing; laziness. I seem to run away from hard work lately and it’s showing in everything I do. I’ve been putting off everything until the very last second and I hate myself for it. I deserve better, my kids deserve better, my husband deserves better.

So, starting with this week’s weigh in (which I did yesterday morning), I will be weighing in and posting a weekly weigh in.

Starting Weight: 217.8

Current Weight: 217.8


Total Loss:

As for my goals this week, since I really didn’t put in much effort for exercise last week, my goals are the same as they were.

270 minutes and burn a minimum of  2100 calories.

Mamavation Monday

For those who don’t know about Mamavation:

Mamavation™ is a online docudrama and weight loss support group for moms in social media. It’s both a campaign and Virtual Sorority™ in one.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Mamavation Sistahood, Mondays is the day to pledge. Here are instructions if you want (and you should!) to pledge:

This week’s mamavation post is all about goals, and I need some re-direction and a re-evaluation on goals for myself, so I’m excited about this post. Instead of concentrating on month long goals, it’s easier for me to stick to week long challenges for myself.

My goals this week are to exercise for at least 270 minutes and burn a minimum of  2100 calories.

This month is a very difficult and emotional month for me, next week on the 10th was my Dad’s birthday and the 13th is the 2 year anniversary of his death. Such a hard week.

Last year I let myself sink into a pretty deep depression around this time, and I’m determined not to let that happen this year. I know that the best way to honor my Dad and his memory is to continue living my life in a way that would make him proud. I will also be running/walking a 5K in June in his memory.

Mamavation Monday

Things were going so well. Thanksgiving came and I actually did really well that day, I did a 5K that morning, ate what I wanted, but not too much on
Thanksgiving and was feeling on top of the world…then Friday – Monday
happened. We were insanely busy, kids were off school for 6 days and I ate too
many meals out and stopped worrying about points and anything else. Once my kids
went back to school on Tuesday and life went back to normal, i tried SO hard to
get back on track all week, but I struggled. Big time. Not being able to attend
my meeting last Saturday (kids were in a Christmas parade) really threw me off
as well and I felt “off” all week long. I was able to attend my meeting this
morning and I finally feel back in control. This WILL be a better week!!!

  Last Weigh In: 202.4
  Current Weight: 203.6
  Loss: +1.2
Total Loss: -9.2

I have been thinking about what I want to do for exercise and after watching a DVD this morning, one sentence really spoke out to me. She basically said if you are out of shape and overweight, this program will be tough, but if you’re ready to change your life, stop babying yourself and be the best person you can be…go for it!

So that’s what I’m going to do! I have plenty of easy workout DVD’s that I could do, but I want a challenge. I want to say at the end of 90 days, I did it. I accomplished it.

This week’s Mamavation Monday post is about holiday shopping.

When it comes to holiday shopping, how do you make sure you stick to your budget ?

This one is pretty easy for me. We don’t have a lot of money, we have enough, but not a lot for extras. So, there is a very strict budget and I don’t have to worry about sticking to it, because when it’s gone, it’s gone. No other way around it.

For me, the Christmas season is just that. The season. From November – January, I love it all. The sights, decorations, smells, music, everything! Most people have a countdown to Christmas, but not me. I don’t want Christmas Day to actually arrive, because that means the season is over.

This post is sponsored by Reflect It Apparel and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women


I’m a slacker. There I said it.

It’s so true, I slack off when it comes to exercising. I have all of the best intentions, and then I just don’t do it. Ask my husband, he’ll tell you all about it. I talk a mean game and even lay my clothes out the night before, I’ve even put the DVD in the DVD player and put water in a water bottle in the fridge…and then my alarm goes off and I roll over.

So far I have managed to lose 10.4lbs without exercising, but I know that in order to actually change my body which is the ultimate goal, exercise is key. Since having a gym membership isn’t an option right now -at least until that money tree starts producing money – DVD’s are the only option I have…and I have plenty of them! I have enough that I should never get bored, but it’s just a matter of actually doing them that I have an issue with.

I’m not sure why I’m posting this, I guess it’s so I’ll have some accountability. I’ll be working on an exercise plan today and will post it.

In other news, I had such an amazing lunch yesterday, and it really wasn’t that special either, just simple ingredients that came together and kept me full for hours.

Veggie burger on a whole wheat english muffin, steamed broccoli, grapes and a pickle. So simple. So good!

Any tips for me on the exercise issue?

The only tip I need is to just do it…I know.

Mamavation Monday

I missed last week’s mamavation monday, but I’m pretty excited for this post today!

Last Week: 206.4

Current Weight: 202.4

Loss: -.4

Total Loss: -10.4

What an awesome week! I’m finally feeling like I have a handle on things, I’m no longer starving all day long and thinking about food constantly, fast food doesn’t tempt me as much anymore and I find myself craving vegetables and foods that are actually good for me! It’s an amazing feeling!!

This week’s Mamavation Monday post is all about Thanksgiving.

What is your plan to avoid overindulging during holiday feasts?

This is something I have been thinking about since my meeting on Saturday and I think I’m ready to put it into words. For so many years, I treated Thanksgiving like a week long eating festival. But not this year. This year I’m ready for it mentally. Thanksgiving is not a week long celebration of all out eating. It is one meal on one day. I will be running (well, more walking than running) a 5K Thursday morning and will be having a normal breakfast and lunch before indulging in some Thanksgiving goodness. My favorite part about Thanksgiving is the stuffing. Anything else I can do without. I plan on having a single plate with the things I want most and the things that I only have on Thanksgiving.

I plan on enjoying the day with my family and friends and remembering everything I’m truly thankful for.

And remember this when other foods are tempting…

This post is sponsored by Eco-foil and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Crispy Tofu

You’ll have to forgive my craziness over the past 24 hours. I tried to self-host, but let me just tell you I was nuts for even thinking it and I’m happy I have my money back. This may change in the future, but for now. I’m staying here…and I hope everyone can see this post.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, I’ll be re-posting two posts from earlier that were supposed to go up, but the site kept crashing. Yay.

It wasn’t too long ago, where tofu was just a strange blob of goo and I was certain I would never eat it unless I didn’t know I was eating it. Once I learned the art of pressing tofu, my whole world changed and now I eat it all the time. The key to liking tofu:

  • Buy extra firm
  • PRESS the water out. I don’t have a fancy presser, so I cut it into slabs, cover with dish towels and use my heaviest cutting board (at least 2 hours, but the longer, the better.
  • Marinades! I love mixing different things to marinate the tofu in, it’s a blank slate.

I pressed my tofu, and then marinated it in bbq sauce, dijon mustard and a little apple cider vinegar to thin it out and let it marinade over night. Yesterday for lunch, I took out a slab and baked it in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes, then cranked it up to broil and let it go, I turned it every few minutes until it was nice and crispy on the outside.

It was still slightly tender on the inside, but for a texture freak like myself, it was perfect.

This was the perfect addition to my salad and I also had another slab with roasted potatoes last night.

I found a bag of panko crumbs in the pantry today, I am thinking of doing something with those to make these really crunchy on the outside..stay tuned!!

I had another post that I did a couple of hours ago, but I’ll post it tonight. Please tell me this is being posted…