Monthly Archives: October 2011

#Mamavation Monday Week 2

My life has changed so drastically in the last week. Between Mamavation Monday Week 1 and today’s Mamavation Monday, I have become a completely new person.

I run everyday. For a mile or more. No seriously!

I eat healthy. I literally just turned down the brownies we have in our office, and I love me some brownies!! But now all I see is the extra oz and lbs of fat that I would be adding onto my body; there is no nutrition in brownies, they are filler and that is all.

My journey has not been entirely easy up to this point, especially where my husband is concerned. He made brownies, bought ice cream,  brought home a 12 pack of cokes, and offered to bring me sonic all in the last week. But I see these things as a test, if not directly from him (because he is not wanting to lose his eating buddy) then just happenstance encounters with the temptations of my past. I am happy to say I have resisted eating all of these things.

I cannot believe that I have been running everyday. As I mentioned in a previous post, I used to be very resistent to the idea of running but here I find myself poised to start training with Couch 2 5K and contemplating signing up for Beach to Bay here in my city of Corpus Christi; Beach to Bay is the longest relay marathon in the United States. And I want to run it. I never thought I would be saying that.

I really have the incredibly supportive community of Mamavation to thank for the amazing changes in my mind set towards a healthy lifestyle. There have been days where I haven’t felt my best (#2weekchallenge kicking my butt for one) but I always knew I had my Mamavation Sistas (and @mrbookieboo) to turn to.

Oh, and before I forget, I am now an official member of the Mamavation Sistahood and it is so exciting! I will be getting a copy of EA Sports Active 2 for my Wii and I can’t wait to try that out and report back here on how using that program goes in conributing to my overall fitness.

My journey from Fat to Fit is only just beginning, but I am having a great start!

Also, this week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Grunt Style.  Two blogging carnival participants will receive a shirt from Grunt Style.  Answer the following question in your blog post and link back to the Grunt Style website.  Link up your post here.

Question: What parts of your body are you especially proud of right now? What makes you love them?

Answer: Right now I am most proud of my calves because all the running I’ve been doing the last week has made them look pretty dang hott!! I’m showing them off in some cute capri pants today :)

Starting Weight: 176
Current Weight: 175.8
Total Lost: .2 lbs
Goal Weight: 145
Feeling: Kind of stuffed from my bagel, I don’t think that was a very good breakfast :(

No progress photo today, check back tomorrow!!

“Your journey begins when you dare to believe in yourself” ~ Angela

Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @aspeaker 


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

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Change, Change, Change

There is something I used to say would always be my limitation in fitness; I would never be a runner. I always told everyone, and most importantly I told myself, that I just wasn’t cut out for running. My legs hurt too bad, I ran out of breath too quickly, and I just hated it.

In the last couple of days I have done a 180 on the running deal. Two days ago I went out for my daily walk and something happened. I felt like running. I picked up my pace to a jog and I couldn’t believe what I was experiencing! I didn’t feel worn out, I didn’t feel defeated…I felt amazing!!

The next day I jogged around 1.75 miles and the day after that 2 miles! Today, I bought a jogging stroller. Truly, there has been some drastic and amazing changes going on in my life!

I am now seeing that the trouble always was that I lacked belief in myself. I never gave myself credit for the things I was always capable of doing. Essentially I gave up before even starting.

I don’t ever plan on letting go of this new found love of running and staying in shape. Life is too much better now to ever let it go!

My progress photo for today is not of me, but of my new jogging stroller, The Mamavation 5000

“Your journey begins when you dare to believe in yourself” ~ Angela

Measurements, Baby!

Okay, so I’m going crazy. I think I’ve lost my logic and reason. I am joining the previous #2weekchallenge at #mamavation and I think I’ve lost my mind.

I thought, oh this will be a great way to kick start my exercising…yes…yes it will. It’s going to kick my butt, chew me up, and spit me out. I read through the exercises. I am scared.

But I am also determined. Determined to take my life, the one where I used to sit and eat entire bags of tortilla chips, and shake it up. I am going to kick my junk food habit, I am going to be a role model for my children, I am going to change my patterns of overeating.

The Gruntstyle workouts look super hard, to be sure, but I have to start my change somewhere and this seems like the best place to start.

Last night I took my measurements, and oh boy, I did not like them. Here they are:

Chest: 41 inches
Thighs: 20 inches
Butt: 41.5 inches
Waist: 43 inches

I forgot which others I’m supposed to measure, but I’ll add them as needed.

Wish me luck tonight; I’m going to need it!


“Your journey begins when you dare to believe in yourself” ~ Angela

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Yesterday: Sans Exercise!! :(

Okay, so I have started pledging to be in the #mamavation sistahood, and while I’ve been very active on the twitter and blog commenting front, I’ve been slacking in another area; exercise!!!! I haven’t gone for a walk or done any form of exercise for two days and I’m getting down about that.

But today is a new day!! Today I WILL walk a mile and I WILL do a pilates DVD tonight. I have to! My journey cannot die when it has just begun and so I need to get back on the horse and kick my own butt.

Hubby almost brought a bunch of Sonic junk home last night but he couldn’t get ahold of me so he didn’t know if I’d want anything. Chances are, if he’d gotten ahold of me, I would have succum. So note to self *never answer hubby’s calls* haha!

I am trying and trying to encourage the hubs to get on this journey with me, but he is very resistant to this idea. He loves his junk food and it is his way of relieving stress. I am going to try to model healthy stress relief (i.e. exercise) to him, but it is ultimately his choice to do it or not. And it also ultimately my choice to fall back into my old patterns or keep forging ahead. So today, I’ll keep forging.

I’m also going to stop naming my posts by days because it is toally confusing me! :p I need to hold on to the brain cells I have left and not confuse them to death, so no more day # posts :)

Starting Weight: 176
Current Weight: 174.8
Total Lost: 1.2 lbs
Goal Weight: 145
Feeling: Really hungry, but I’m powering through and going to get some water in a minute

Progress Photo:

“Your journey begins when you dare to believe in yourself” ~ Angela

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Mamavation Monday

This post marks my first Mamavation post! Mamavation is both a docudrama and weight loss support group for moms in social media; it is both a campaign and a sorority.

So the reason for this post today is that I am pledging to be a part of the Mamavation Sistahood. I want to be a member of this group very badly for two important reasons; one I want to be able to support other women towards their weight loss and lifestyle change goals.

The second reason is that I have pretty much no support system in my fitness goals. I am alone in my home in this change; my husband still drinks 2-3 Dr. Pepper’s with dinner and asked me just last night if I wanted him to bring home cookies. No, I don’t want any damn cookies hubs! How am I supposed to change when he keeps tempting me with all of these horrible things??? Well, I’m hoping that is where the sisters of Mamavation will come in. I really need their support and guidance and someone to talk to when hubby practically tries to shove junk food in my face.

I have had many great successes this past week, but also some pitfalls. My goal for this upcoming week is to exercise in some form everyday and to track my calories every day. If I do these to things this week, I think I’ll be well on my way to becoming a more healthy person.

So here’s hoping that I get to become a Mamavation sista and that my change can truly become a reality!

“Your journey begins when you dare to believe in yourself” ~ Angela

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