First Day with the Fit Bit Zip

About a year and a half ago, I purchased a Fit Bit Zip…but like a lot of things, once i got pregnant, it was put on a shelf and forgotten about. It wasn’t until I was at Target last week looking at the Fit Bit Flex that I remembered I had already bought a Fit Bit and went to find it. Of course the battery was dead and after finally getting a new battery, yesterday was the first day I wore it.

I need more activity in my life! Even after going to 2 grocery stores, the shortest/slowest walk of all time and just general walking through the house all day, I only managed a little over 9000 steps for the whole day.

Even though I didn’t hit my 10,000 goal on the first day, it was nice challenging myself to get more steps in. Our walk was incredibly slow and short lived thanks to a certain 3 month old having a meltdown…but it was nice to get out and walk.

Hopefully Emma starts to tolerate her stroller more so we can go for longer walks once everyone is back to school in a few weeks.

This picture was taken at the start of our walk. Pre-meltdown. Totally bribed my 6 year old with a sprite for going on a walk with me. He had to drink water first and then got sprite at the end, I’m not above bribery.



Body After Baby {Weigh In}

This week was a little easier, I stuck to the carb counts I used when I was pregnant, my blood sugars were almost in the normal range every day and I even managed to sneak in a little exercise here and there. The scale didn’t cooperate as much as I thought it would, but I’m on a mission much bigger than a number on the scale…but that number does need to move at some point. Jeeze.

My baby is almost 4 months old, the “i just had a baby and a c-section excuse” no longer flies. At least for me. I want my pre-baby body back!


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.


Once upon a time I used to have a giant, Costco sized bagel with cream cheese and a diet coke for breakfast every morning. My old boss would stop and get me one every morning, though delicious, I was so sick of bagels!! When I started losing weight, he started bringing me egg whites and an herbal tea…sometimes I really miss my old job. Normally, I crave eggs for breakfast, but every once in awhile, all I want is a toasted bagel with cream cheese and this morning that’s exactly what I had.


Toasty onion bagel with veggie cream cheese. Pure bliss. Since it was such a gorgeous morning, I couldn’t help myself and started snapping photos of the tree buds, I love spring.




I’ve been thinking a lot lately, is it possible to lose weight without “dieting?” I want to do an experiment and see if by eating whole, nutritious foods and exercising, I can lose weight…or if I will simply maintain. Thoughts?

Mamavation Monday {too much too soon}

I joined the 2 Week Challenge for Mamavation and it started yesterday, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

My day started off meeting with a personal trainer at the gym and I learned that I’m trying to do too much too soon and I’m headed for burnout. I was wearing my heart rate monitor and after about 9 minutes on the arc trainer, she stopped it and my heart was beating so totally out of control, she made me get off. We then headed to the recumbent bike and then to the treadmills and even though I was going really slow {to me} on both of those machines, my heart rate was SO much better and I had a really good workout. I told her that I lost all of my weight before using the elliptical and didn’t understand why I couldn’t use the arc this time. She asked what my weight was before, and I told her when I started using the elliptical I was about 180 lbs, she then broke my little heart by telling me that I’m currently 30lbs heavier than that and it’s just too much for my body to handle, but if I alternate the treadmill and the bike, I’ll be able to work my way up to using the Arc. She also showed me a bunch of the various weight machines that I should use and I’m really excited about moving forward!!

As for the 2 Week Challenge, I’m doing the beginner version, and it’s still pretty brutal for me!! Today’s workout was called Down to the Core and you better believe I worked down to the core! I’ve never done timed planks before, and I wasn’t sure I could hold the side versions, but I did it!!! Here are my starting weight and measurements, I’m excited to see where I’ll be at the end of this.

Starting Weight: 214.8

Waist: 42.8”

Hips: 49”

Thighs: 25”

Breakfast this morning was a new favorite, hard boiled eggs with toast


A Banana


And a mug of hot lemon water


In the world’s cutest cup, how can you not smile when you look at this?