A place to stop and reflect on ways to shine.

A place to stop and reflect on ways to shine.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Weight loss despite thyroid disease

I was diagnosed with thyroid disease before my son was born so I have been struggling with it for about 12 years now.  I have been on the low spectrum (hypothyroid) and the high spectrum (hyperthyroid).  Currently I am low so I take a medicine to increase my levels.  What this means is that I am tired all the time.  I almost never feel fully rested.  Naps on weekends are a must.  My husband doesn’t get why I wake up work out and then need a nap in the afternoon…it’s just is the way that I am.  Staying motivated with my weight loss efforts has always been a struggle until I started with Beach Body.  Now that I am eating better I am seeing a big difference in how I feel.  Am I still tired?  Yes!  But, I am feeling better…it’s hard to put into words, but I am seeing a difference not only on the scale and that is what is keeping me motivated to exercise daily and eat as clean as possible.

Right now I am in week nine of my twelve week Chalean Extreme Program and I am loving the changes that I am seeing.  The lean phase has been the most challenging, but I am determined to finish this program.  With the Black Friday sale I purchased Turbo Fire and I love it!  I have done it once so far and it is a great cardio addition for times when I can’t get out to run.

I have also been reading up on Adrenal Fatigue lately and I think that is something that I also struggle with.  Stress causes cortisol build up which leads to belly bulge.  They say that this is prevalent in runners which makes some sense in why running has never helped me to lose weight.  I mention this because I am trying to find a good mix of high and low intensity workouts for sustainable weight loss.  I never lost weight on cardio exercise alone.  I have to mix it up with the weight training I have been doing.  I also want to incorporate yoga or piyo into my mix because I feel like it could really help me achieve more balance.  My end goal isn’t a size or certain weight…it’s to feel good in my own skin.

What is your workout balance?  Are you a cardio junkie or do you try and mix it up?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Challenge Group

As my 60 day challenge group for beach body is closing I am pumped with my progress.  Over the 60 days I lost 14 pounds and over 15 inches.  Never before have I had great success at diet plans.  The only thing that has helped me lose weight in the past was stress. 
With a ton of determination I am finally seeing results!

I am super excited to keep my journey going and do this next healthy holiday 21 day challenge.  If you'd like more information on this challenge please post your email in the comments section.  I'll give you the details.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Beach Body

I am now 6 weeks into my first Beach Body accountability challenge group and I am so excited with the results I have seen so far!  The mix of clean eating, working out hard, and having a support group has been awesome!  I am down 10 pounds and over 13 inches in just 6 weeks!  I have always loved working out, but I now love eating better as well and it has been fun to try new recipes and come up with eating plans that are quick and easy to meet my busy schedule.  The next challenge starts on November 24th.  Please let me know if you would like some information on it!

In addition to my beach body workouts I am still getting my runs in and going to my weekly zumba class!  I have been getting a lot of extra miles in on my lunch breaks.  I go home, run two miles, shower and return with my shakeology!  It's a healthy hour!
(right just 8 weeks ago, left a week ago)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chalean Extreme progress

4 full weeks in and I am feeling great! The shakeology is a little hard on my stomach, but I am sticking it out. It was suggested that I try the vegan chocolate so I changed my next shipment to that.
The workouts are going great! I am seeing changes. I love that I can do the workouts along with what I was already doing.
I am definitely getting more exercise in and am staying within my calorie goal each day. Eating clean is a great new challenge that I am finding fun. I only really struggle at night time with hunger pains.
Stats: Down 9.5 pounds! Down 11.5 inches: chest: 5 inches arms: 2 inches waist: 1 inch hips: 1.5 inches abductors: 1 inch thighs: 1 inch I couldn't be happier. Today starts the next 30 days of the program. I am ready to mix it up and start the push phase!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Wantable has quickly become my favorite subscription box. I have tried both their intimates and fitness lines. The fitness line wasn’t for me as the price point items was too high for me to justify. The quality of the items I received was stellar and I would have loved to keep a few of the items that they sent me, but I just couldn’t justify the cost.
The intimate line though is my favorite. I look forward to this box each month! I love that you can tell them what kind of items you would like in your boxes and the option of sending it back for a full refund is nice insurance. I have loved every one of my boxes so there has been no need for that! This month I was sent a padded sports bra and three pairs of underwear. When I first checked my items…I was like padded?? I don’t need that, but when I put it on it was super comfortable and I wore it that very night to Zumba. It isn’t supportive enough for running, but for Zumba it was great!
And the underwear…really you can’t go wrong with underwear…loved the mix of sporty with lacey!
what i love wednesday

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Chalean Extreme

The last few years I have really struggled with my weight. I exercise like crazy, but never see a difference on the scale. My thyroid has been a mess I’ve been on different doses of my meds, but I refuse to let that be my excuse for not looking and feeling my best. Recently I have said enough is enough and decided to try something different. You have to change or remain the same is my new mantra. What I have been doing is not obviously working…there has to be something out there that will work. While going through my facebook feed I saw a post about joining a coached group for support. I don’t know what made this post any different than the ones that I had seen in the past, but I responded. The coach and I set up a call and she recommended a program to me. That same day I purchased Chalene Johnson’s Chalean Extreme with shakeology. I have been on it for ten days now and am feeling great. I already see some of the swelling gone from my face which I had blamed on my meds.
I am doing the workouts that came with the program and still incorporating my weekly Zumba class, yoga and running. I am really trying to go all out on this and see what happens.
When I ordered the one thing I wasn’t excited about was the shakeology. I had tried it a couple of years ago and didn’t like the taste. This time around though I am really enjoying it. I make it my lunch or breakfast and it is so filling. They say that it cuts cravings and I have to agree. I am a junk food addict…loving anything sweet, and I have not indulged since I started the shakes.
The program comes with a meal plan that I have been loosely following. But, I log all my food into my fitness pal and track everything to stay on track. I have been following an 80/20 clean eating mantra which is great because it doesn’t feel like a diet at all. For the first time in a very long time I feel in control of my eating and it feels great! Each day I track my exercise and eating and give myself different colored stars in my planner if I meet my goal. I laugh that sticker charts aren’t just for kids…they really are motivating!
Also, the support I have gotten from the group that I am in is awesome. We are all doing different programs, but we all have the same goal…to look and feel our best!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stitch Fix Love

I am still so in love with stitch fix.  I have acquired quite a few style cards and horded them until I could figure out what to do with them.  I decided to take the items that I actually purchased and make a collage on my closet wall.  Hopefully this will help me on the mornings where I stand there and can't figure out what to wear.  I must say though that since starting stitch fix I have very few if any of those mornings.  I literally would just about give up everything in my closet except for my stitch fix items that is how obsessed I am!  
I gathered my Style Cards, some washi and my beloved Alex and Ani cards and put this collage together.  There is lots of room to grow which is good because I don't see myself stopping this service for a very long time.
Here's a look at a top I kept out of my last box.  It is super cute.  I love that it isn't something that I have seen in stores.  The back has the cutest pleated detail and the sleaves hang just right.  I love it.
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