Holy *&$#!

Holy crap guys! Look at that! I’m less than 10lbs from goal!

I am in utter shock!

When I started this journey waaaaay back in 2009, I honestly never pictured myself at goal. It was impossible to do so. I mean, I can’t remember a time when I had weighed 150lbs. I’m sure it was in my way younger years. So I had no idea what to expect and honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure I would stick it out.

But I did, through all the ups and downs, I stayed with it. And if I did veer off track, it never was for long and I would hope back on. All that persistence has paid off.

I now sit here (actually lay here since I’m typing this on my phone in bed. Lol) with goal within arm’s reach. It’s so close I can taste it and man is it sweet.

It’s so close and I’m oh so ready for it!

Oh and slightly freaking out! 😉

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Where’s the Elevator Down? (The Inclinator Race Recap)

One week ago, I stumbled across a stair race online. I hadn’t heard about it before. I signed up. It was on a whim, but the race was different and cheap ($15). It was called the Inclinator, and this little race ended up being one of the toughest events I’ve ever done.

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WW Freestyle Weekly Menu Plan – Week 3

Hey hey, friends! Happy Sunday!

This winter weather has me excited to burrow and nest and not leave my couch. These 27 Casserole & Baked Entree Recipes are healthy comfort food perfect for a lazy Sunday – and so delicious!

Each Sunday I publish a new WW Freestyle-friendly menu plan, and each will include the following:

Adherence to a 23 Daily Point goal, so you can choose how to work your weeklies!
Interesting and easy-to-make WW-friendly recipes
At least 4 different proteins
At least 2 options for takeout or dining out
Tons of fun ways to fit in snacks, cocktails, and dessert!

These menu plans are meant to inspire you. Feel free to mix and match, and adjust according to your own preferences or lifestyle!

Feel free to pin this post, save this image, or download the menu plan at the link below to save for future reference!

Trading Cardio for Cosmos Weekly Menu Plan – Week 3

 

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Jumping Spirit

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The week is fully underway here and I am happy to report, I’ve already gone on a run! Can you tell I’m excited? I ran 3 miles today. I contemplated doing a loop that would put me at 4.5 miles but decided to play it safe. I’m just getting back into running, no need to push myself now. My Garmin… Read More

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Kelli lost 27 pounds

Transformation of the Day: Kelli lost 27 pounds. Two years after giving birth to her son, she was still struggling with her weight. This Delta Sigma Theta soror realized that what worked in the past wasn’t working for her now. She figured out what works for her now, in terms of healthy eating habits and exercise, and she put in the work.

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Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

6 medium beets (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 star anise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°.

Trim off all but one inch of the stem on beets, and leave root intact. Scrub well with a brush. Wrap the beets in foil. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool beets to room temperature, then peel and cut each beet into 8 wedges.

Combine orange juice, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and star anise in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Discard star anise. Combine beets, vinegar mixture, salt, and pepper; toss well.

Serves 4

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Yesterday was a monumental day

Something HUGE happened yesterday. Something very exciting. Can you guess what?

My car’s odometer rolled over to 100,000! And I managed to take pictures without crashing into the BMW in front of me or taking out the well-toned rider in the bike lane!

I love the symmetry of this next mileage number. It’s so binary!

So, did anything else big happen yesterday?

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Cookout & This Week’s Menu

Hi all! How was your weekend? My weekend was busy. I lost another .4 lbs this week which I’m happy with as down is good.

This morning we were up early to beat the heat and hike The Tower. Before heading out, I made us these tasty eggwiches.

1 slice Nature’s Own bread topped with 1/2 Tbsp whipped butter, a ‘fried’ egg and fresh garden tomato slices. (3 sp).Post hike reward – Tall iced Nonfat cappuccino with caramel drizzle on the top. (2 sp).The Husband had a meeting a few towns over so we stopped for lunch at Vasquez and I had 2 crispy chicken tacos (10 sp).<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5… Read More

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A Cool, Refreshing Dip In The Lake And… A Cool, Refreshing Dip In My Stomach!

I went swimming with JJ for the first time. It. Was. Awesome!

My parents and I were invited to our cousins Karen and John’s house. The live less than 20 minutes away, in a home on the shore of Cass Lake. They also have a boat, which they use to enjoy that lake, so we all went out on it. And by “all,” I mean five humans and two dogs – JJ, and their black lab Jackson.

There’s a big area of Cass Lake that’s essentially a giant sandbar – only about three feet deep. Boaters congregate there, because it’s a great place for swimming. Jackson, being a water-loving Labrador retriever, loves to swim and explores the area and fetches balls thrown 30 feet from the boat. JJ is a less experienced swimmer, but chasing Jackson was a big motivator for him.

JJ chased Jackson everywhere!

Get him, JJ!

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My First Week on WW Freestyle

Last Wednesday, I went back to a WW meeting and rejoined at just a few days shy of 3 months postpartum. I’d been toying with the idea of rejoining for a few weeks and after all the traveling around the holidays (and then a cold and stomach bug – ugh!) I finally did it. My weight was… more than I wanted it to be. Roughly 24 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight, and another 14 or so above my goal weight, so I’m looking at losing about 40 pounds to be in a place where I’m comfortable.

I’d done WW Freestyle for a few weeks towards the end of 2017, but I didn’t dive in that deep before getting pulled in other directions. This time though, I’m one week in and fully committed to getting to a place where I feel good. I am super proud of myself because I tracked every single day this week, including Saturday when I went wayyy overboard and had 75 SmartPoints at a friends house for dinner. I also found myself planning more and makng much b… Read More

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