Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Time for an update?

Hello? Anyone still there? I haven't posted in so long, I'm not sure I still have any followers, but with the start of a new Win, Lose, or Blog season and approaching due date, I thought it's about time I start blogging again.
I was looking back at pictures throughout my pregnancy, here's one I took right after I found out we were expecting for a starting point...
And this is what I am looking like these days...

That's actually a couple weeks old, and I know I've grown. I wanted to cry looking at my "beginning" picture compared to now, but in less than 6 weeks, I'll be holding my baby girl and it will all be worth it. 6 weeks after that and I'll be back in the game losing the baby weight and what I had left to lose before I got pregnant.
I had big plans to workout throughout this whole pregnancy, and I have to admit, I haven't. I am one of those blessed with morning sickness the whole pregnancy. This one has gotten better later in the pregnancy (I was still throwing up 5 times a day at this point with my first two), but to be honest, now when I am feeling well enough to workout, I don't have the energy or just plain don't want to! Since I didn't start off working out, the only thing I do occasionally is go on walks. As it gets cooler and I'm more ready to have this baby, I'm sure I'll be walking more :)
I was very overweight with my first two pregnancies and sick all the time, so I only gained 17 lbs with the first one and 20 lbs with the second one. Starting at a healthy weight this time, my doctor told me to aim between a 30-40 lb weight gain. I was hoping to stay toward the 30 lb range, but I'm up to 33 lbs gained so far with 6 weeks left to grow/gain :/
On the bright side: I am drinking TONS of water and still have my ankles. Yay!
I'm anxious to have this little girl and to get back into a workout routine.
I miss exercising, especially running. I craaaave running some nights now, and hope that sleepless nights ahead doesn't change that :)
SO for those that still read this little neglected blog, thank you! I'm sure I'll be writing more when I get back into the fitness/weight loss routine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Win, Lose, or Blog "Mini-Contest"

Hey fitness friends!!! The Win, Lose, or Blog mini-contest has been hugely popular and we will be doing it again this season! We are holding our "mini-contest" along side the main Win, Lose, or Blog contest! We would love our followers to play along, get healthy, and win prizes in the process! Heres what you have to do:

Each Tuesday on Win, Lose, or Blog we will post our contestant updates on the main blog- just comment each week with your weekly loss. On the final Tuesday post of our 7 week competition- post your TOTAL pounds lost for the duration of the season and you have the chance to win some fabulous prizes! (No need to post actual weights- just the # of pounds lost each week).

Start today- comment on Win, Lose, or Blog HERE saying you want to join our mini contest. That's all you have to do to join in on the fun. Try to post your losses (gains or stalls) on each of Win, Lose, or Blog's Tuesday posts. as your participation gets you closer to a prize. Dont forget to weigh yourself to have a starting point. 

At least one of our "mini-contest" contestants will take home a fantastic prize. The last 3 seasons TWO mini-contest winners took home prizes. This contest is based on the honor system but pounds lost will not be the only factor taken into consideration for prize distribution. We will also take into account how actively you follow our blog. So join in the fun, get healthy and WIN some awesome loot!
  • We will still be posting our sponsor thank you posts on Thursdays & Fridays- support our sponsors by liking them on Facebook, following them on Twitter, and leaving comments on our sponsor posts 
  • We will still have some fabulous Friday giveaways. Our giveaways are open to contestants, mini-contest contestants, and all of our blog followers/ readers- so show our sponsors some love & enter to win!!!!
  • We will still have awesome motivation postshealthy recipes and cooking tips, and exercise information on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
  • We will still be rewarding at least one active WLB commenter with fantastic prizes this season- so comment on the main blog, the contestants blogs, join our mini contest, and enter our giveaways as each comment throughout the season will get you that much closer to winning a fab prize! Add our button to your blog, blog about us, help us spread the word about WLB and get some extra entries to win some of our follower prizes!
  • Join us on Facebook and Twitter so you don't miss out on any of the exciting WLB happenings!
Happy losses all!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First Prenatal Workout

I finally have been feeling semi-ok today so I did my first pregnancy workout. I ordered Lindsay Brin's 4 DVD pregnancy workout set as soon as I found I was pregnant. I had the chance to review Lindsay's 60 Day Slim Down System when I was losing weight last year and love her DVDs, so I was excited to continue working out "with" her.
Each trimester DVD has 2 workouts, a cardio/toning and a yoga workout. She suggests doing cardio/toning on days 1,3, and on days 2 and 4 and resting on days 6 and 7. I did the cardio/toning DVD and loved it. I got a good workout without doing any crazy moves. I was totally comfortable with all the moves, although there was one that I found slightly cheesy. I already have the post natal boot camp DVD and love it, I'm looking forward to using that again when the time comes!

I'm hoping to stay active this pregnancy so after the baby comes, I can get back into shape and not have to start totally from scratch again. It already feels great starting the pregnancy off 4 sizes smaller than I did with my first two girls.

My first two pregnancies were a big reason I decided to lose weight this last year. I've always had rough pregnancies, and with my second daughter, I ended up having an emergency c-section. I had a few problems with that pregnancy, including pre-term labor which had to be stopped several times after 30 weeks. At the beginning of 2011, we knew we wanted to start trying for baby #3 in the fall and I knew I wanted my best chance at a healthier pregnancy and a successful vbac. Even though I didn't quite reach my goal before we started trying (I wasn't going to put off having a baby for a few lbs), I am now having my first pregnancy starting off at a normal, healthy weight. I'm excited to see how this pregnancy plays out. So far I have been sick, but not throwing up nearly as much as I did with my other two. My main hope is that I feel a difference later in this pregnancy and during delivery without the extra weight I was carrying before.

PS, thanks for the congratulations from those who still read this! :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I don't have many followers on this blog, but noticed I gained a new one recently and figured it's about time I post something. I know I seem like I have been slacking lately...I have actually. I haven't been exercising, I haven't been eating as well as I should be, but believe it or not, there is a somewhat legitimate excuse for this. My goal of getting down to 125 lbs will have to be put on hold for the time fact, I'll just be getting further and further away from that goal...

And getting bigger and bigger...

We're expecting baby #3!

I'm due in October. Lately, I've been so nauseous and sick that it's been a battle to this point, I eat anything that sounds good and that I think I can stomach. I've gone on some anti-nausea medicine and I'm *really* hoping that I can get the morning sickness under control soon so that I can start exercising again..and my eating habits could use some improvement too :) I haven't gained anything so far, but my stomach is definitely growing already. Wasn't prepared for that to happen so early this time!

So there's my excuse for not blogging lately :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's the time again!

We are now accepting applications (here) for Season seven contestents on Win, Lose, or Blog! Last season our 8 contestants lost 90.8 pounds in 7 weeks! Win, Lose, or Blog is a Big Loser inspired weight loss challenge for the blogging world. Health & Fitness are my passions in life and I hope this competition will inspire others to lead healthier lifes too! I have been working with four fabulous ladies to create this fun and exciting new blog.

What does Win, Lose, or Blog have to offer you?
Want to be a contestant? Apply here.

Each season of the challenge (lasting 7 weeks) we will choose eight contestants. This is your chance to win some MAJOR prizes! The "big loser" (based on percentage of body weight lost) will win one big AWESOME prize. Second and third place contestants will also win some great prizes. And everyone else will get something just for participating.

Want to Play along?
Want to lose weight right along with our contestants? Post your weekly loss each week on our Tuesday Update post and you're in the running for some fantastic prizes! Last season TWO of our mini-contestants won fabulous prizes and lost a TON of weight in the process.

Just want to follow along?
We have multiple health and fitness gurus on our team who are going to be posting information, recipes, tips, inspiration and more. So come follow and get a little help living a healthier lifestyle. Also, at the end of each season followers will win awesome prizes just for leaving comments throughout the season. And you know it will be fun to watch the competition play out and cheer on the contestants :)

Go check it out!!! And spread the word!
Remember each comment you leave all season long counts as an entry for great prizes! Want to get a head start on those comments? Head on over to Win, Lose, or Blog, grab our button, and leave three comments for displaying our button on your blog and five comments for writing an exciting post announcing us to your blog friends. We want you to invite others to join the the fun and gain some motivation to live a healthier lifestyle.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Still Alive...

Sorry I have been MIA. The last two months have been a little crazy between the holidays, the constant sickies in our home and my daughter's 4th birthday party. I kept thinking, I need to update, but no one reads this little blog, but since I had a reader request an update (thank you! :) ) I will update. I am hovering around the mid-30s and not any closer to my goal of 125. I had hit my 50 lb loss mark, but I've put a few of those pounds back on. I'm working to get those off right now. I have given up ALL diet and caffeinated sodas/drinks as a new years resolution. I'm on day 3 of surviving. (I started my goal a couple days late, I wanted to get through the actual holiday/weekend). I can't drink water always, although that's all I have been drinking for the last 3 days, so I plan to treat myself to a sobe lifewater every now and has 0 cals and is sweetened with stevia. I'm already noticing a big difference from not drinking soda/artificial sweeteners. Right now I am trying to focus more on eating right and getting back into a workout routine than stressing over the actual number on the scale. I'll get there though...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tropical Traditions Giveaway at Win, Lose, or Blog

Christmas is just around the corner and this will make a great stocking stuffer!

You can enter for the chance to win a bottle of organic massage oil over at Win, Lose, or Blog through Saturday, the 19th.

It's available in 4 scents, I love this stuff. Go enter!