I dare you!

4 Sep

I was making dinner when I realized that most nights we eat the same things. That really upsets me because I’d like to try new foods that are good for you. However, if I’ve never used it before, I won’t know how it tastes or how to prepare it. So I thought a game could be fun…

Comment here daring me to try a recipe of yours. Has to be healthy, otherwise no limits. (I am allergic to fish though! So no fish, please.) Then feel free to post this in your journal so you can find some new recipes as well!

I dare you!


Mamavation Monday 3

4 Sep

This week has been a crazy one at best. On this Wednesday coming up, my son will be attending Kindergarten and going to school for the first time. I am an emotional eater so all week I have been fighting temptation to just pig out and eat how I’m feeling. However – I haven’t! This has been the FIRST week since November 2010 that I followed my calorie guidelines. It has felt AMAZING. I have found other ways to satisfy my chocolate cravings and how to deal with my nerves.

My big problem is working out. I do best when I have a set time to work out or when I’m at the gym. I plan on joining the gym around here shortly so that will help plus it will keep my mind busy when kiddo is in school. I do workout every day, but, it’s just not enough. So my goal for the week will be to work out for at least 30 minutes every day non-stop.

As for my Sunday weigh in, I have lost 1.2lbs this week for a grand total of 1.8lbs so far. It’s not a lot, but it’s a start!

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Mabel’s Labels. Question: How is your routine changing now that summer is winding down? Any go-to tips to stay organized?

It’s about to change pretty drastically! My son is starting school for the first time and I have no clue what will become of our schedule. I love our mornings of lounging around and talking about things that are important to him. Oh and we can’t forget morning snuggles! Now mornings are going to be rushed and after school will be dinner and bedtime mostly. I am so sad on all of the time I will be missing out on with him.

However, I will use my planner to stay organized. Without my planner I am completely lost! I may also start writing daily to-do lists that include a while he’s in school list and after school list just so I can time everything properly. I want to make sure all my errands are done while he’s in school so when he is home we can spend as much quality time as possible.

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

Mamavation Mom Campaign 10 Application: Couples!

31 Aug

So after thinking about it for awhile, I’ve realized that I’d love to reapply to become a Mamavation Mom. The great thing about this campaign is that it’s couples! My husband and I need to be losing weight and doing this campaign together would be such a great way encourage one another and strengthen our marriage. Below is our application video.

I need your support! Please tweet:

“Hey @bookieboo!I want @JustFeedMeBooks & @JRobbMuscles to be the next #Mamavation Couple.They have my support! http://bit.ly/aorv3Y”

Or, if you do not have a Twitter, you can comment that on the Mamavation Facebook Fan Page.

**Since making the video, hubs has gotten a twitter! @JRobbMuscles 🙂


31 Aug

Every girl loves to shop. There is nothing like going out and buying a new pair of jeans or a dress. When you have clothing you like and feel confident in, your whole demeanor changes and you feel great.

Well, back when I lost 50+ pounds, I had those clothes. Those clothes I felt great in. Now that I’ve gained a little over half of that back, my clothes are feeling very tight on me. I have a few bags of all my bigger clothes that I keep forgetting to donate. I see them in the corner of my room saying “You’re just gonna have to wear us now!” But I refuse. I would rather wear my tight clothes than go back up into those bigger sizes.

Since tomorrow is the 1st of September, I am giving myself a month goal. By the end of September I want to wear these clothes and be COMFORTABLE in them or be in a smaller size.

Do you have a goal you are trying for?

Mamavation Monday (just a TAD bit late)

30 Aug

What a week it has been! New York has had 3 earthquakes AND Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. So in between all of that, losing power, being stuck home because of flooding, roads collapses and mudslides….this week has been horrible for weight loss and eating healthy.

To avoid losing all of our freezer food, we brought it all over to my Grandmothers home who rarely loses power because of living in a senior facility. I didn’t buy any fresh fruit or veggies because I was afraid they’d all go bad by the time our power came back on. So, we ate a whole bunch of garbage.

Sadly, I’ve gained back what I lost last week. I’m starting fresh tomorrow since I was able to finally leave the area and get some groceries. I also have plans to call the local gym about 15 minutes from here and inquire about getting a membership. Gyms really help me succeed – at least they did last time.

I am also thinking about applying for Mamavation Mom this campaign since it is couples. It would be great to be able to be kept accountable like that, help others with what I’ve gone through/going through and share in such an amazing journey with my husband.

I suppose that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll have a better post shortly. xox!

Mamavation Monday

22 Aug

I just restarted my journey just a few days ago and I am so happy that I’m back. It’s been a rough 8ish months since I lost the baby. I’ve finally realized that by going back to my old habits, I’m just hurting myself even further and making it even harder for me to have a healthy pregnancy in the future. So it finally clicked this past week when I tried to put on a pair of jeans and they were so tight I could barely sit down in them. That right there was my wake up call and believe me when I say I woke up! The first two days I just ate right. It was rough and I definitely felt hungry still, which made the junk even more tempting. Then I began working out again and it felt oh so good! It was hard at first and I could only do a few minutes at a time, but I’m getting better. I know it’s going to take a while before I get back to where I was last November, but I am determined to get there.

One challenge I’ve had is finding foods that are low calorie but fill me up. I am often left still hungry. I also need to get some healthy snacks that satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve been having 100 calorie packs and yes it quenches the craving, but it’s not all that good.

Onto the Mamavation bit. 🙂 I used to be part of the Mamavation Sistahood. My old Twitter handle was “266NeverAgain”. After I lost the baby, I lost grip on a few things and one of them was my health. I stepped away from the Sistahood to try and grieve, but, I just lost myself in a depression. I’ve tried getting back on track several times now, but, it hasn’t clicked until recently. So I would love to become a Sista again to be a part of the amazing group that helped me the first time. I want to be there to support other sistas in their journeys and help them however I can. The Mamavation Sistahood is such a great group of people that I would love to be a part of again.

Weigh In Sunday

21 Aug


I’ve decided to do an official weigh in post every Sunday, but knowing me, I may do some during the week as well!

Drum roll please…………. I’ve lost 1.6lbs since restarting this journey!

It really is very motivating to see the number go down on the scale. Seeing it go down reminds me that I CAN do this and I WILL do this.

In other news, yesterday I was able to work out for 32 minutes straight. This time I was able to keep going without giving in and it felt amazing! I’m slowly getting back to where I was and I love it.