Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Be Gone February...Brighter Days are Just Around the Corner

Hello, I have been absent from blogging including visiting others and writing my own.  February is probably one of my least favorite months of the year.  Besides Valentine's Day the month is just blah!  I've been uninspired lately.  I guess everyone goes through a funk.  However, I have been recently inspired again! YEah!

I'm working out a lot more, feeling so much better! Eating a lot more of this:

and a lot less of this:

It's hard for me to admit this but I have gained around 25 lbs back over the last 2 years.  I said I would never do this again.  I had kept it off for around two years. Bwah!!!!! You can chock it up to age, moving, husband's retirement and difficulty finding a job but the bottom line is I chose to eat poorly and stop exercising! Ugh...It feels better to say it and acknowledge my choice.  All that said I do have a knee issue that has kept me from working out the way I used too.  I am looking into this.  However,  I know that eating better is the key.  I have starting doing strength again, taking new classes, and Pilates.  I really think the Pilates is key for me, folks.  Seriously, if you have a mid-section issue and your doing cardio and strength you're missing out.  Especially if you have a stubborn tummy area.  Believe me I have other areas that I am concerned with but after stopping Pilates mine grew and I now have a small tire to prove it.  Normally for me this is not a trouble spot but I could really tell a difference when I stopped.  I found a few new sites and great motivational posters on Pinterest to keep me motivated and I finally have lost around 4 lbs since mid-January!  I have a long way to go but I'm reading about health, reading blogs and pinning inspiring quotes.  I can DO it!!!

Reading God's word

This gal's blog really has inspired me lately.  She was used to have a different blog that focused on decorating.  I loved that too.  She has started a new one though dedicated to healthy living. She has lost over 65 lbs.  Way to go! 

Another little bit of inspiration is this lady Chalene Johnson.  Ever heard of Hip Hop Hustle, Turbo Jam?? I love her workouts, so fun.  This is how I lost my weight a few years ago.  I still love Turbo Kick, the class I used to teach, just as much now as my first class in 2005.  If you love to dance, kickbox or get a great workout you should try it.  She has a wide variety of programs to try and home versions too.  I prefer the live classes though.  They rock!!!!

I love watching Dr. Oz too.  I have picked up a few tips from him and tried some of the recipes.  I will report back from time to time for how they are working for me.  Here are some tips that I'm trying to lose weight.  I'd love to hear what others do.

1. My favorite new snack:  Cored apple, sliced and stacked together, a squeeze of lemon juice, a Tbsp. of ricotta cheese, with some almonds for crunch and protein.  Try it, it's yummy! 

2. Pilates for Beginners  Ideally try and do this workout 4-5 times a week for the best results.  I would also recommend renting a DVD or taking a class.  Form is very important.

3 Zumba I do this twice a week for an hour, great workout and fun! 

4.  Do some kind of strength training.  I use my 5 lb hand weights, my own body weight (think push-ups)  I do this at least 2-3x a week combined with short burst of cardio.  

5. Diet:  I try to eat protein within the first thirty minutes of waking up.  (eggs, protein shake, yogurt, almond butter)  For lunch I eat a salad and lean protein.  For a snack I have more protein and complex carbs.  I have also added White Kidney Bean extract that Dr. Oz recommended for people with my body type.  I add this to my smoothie or take it at lunch time.  For Dinner I eat more lean protein, lots of veggies.  I do have pasta some nights.  I think this is okay in moderation.  I eat no more than one serving, no garlic cheesy bread though :)  I use olive oil, veggies, herbs and garlic to flavor my sauces. 

I would love to hear your struggles with weight or success stories.  Do share!

Blessings of Health,


  1. Sounds like you will make your goal! I really need to get with it, I did for a week, then
    fell off the wagon...I better get back at it,
    soon....Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. Carey,
    You go, girl! I love the chosen scripture!!! Sometimes we forget and feel we're all alone...but God is ever present! Stay focused on the prize that is ahead! I'm was thrilled to see your've been missed!

  3. Seems you've got a plan and are stick'n to it. I'm sure you will see the results you're looking for.

    I too have been on a kick to get in better shape too. Jan. 2 was my start date and its been
    almost 2 months now. For me, I just needed to exercise more.
    I joined the Y, started doing Yoga 2-3 times a week, plus walking and cardio. Its helping!
    I gotta say, I NEVER realized yoga would kick my butt. I always
    thought it was just a great way to calm nerves, release stress, stretch, etc. Uh.. its quite the workout and
    I'm glad. I've not tried the zumba classes yet, but its on my list.

    Stay motived Carey, your doing great!!!