Thursday, January 17, 2019


Hi everyone!  So last week I talked about my fitness goals.  Today, I'm going to write out some of my goals.  I feel that if they aren't written down, and aren't planned then it will never happen.  It takes more than just thinking about goals to make them happen.  You need to plan.  You need to attract them. I believe in the Law of Attraction so let's dive in.

Here are some of my goals for this year, I have a few others that will remain private (for now):

Fitness - lose 20 pounds by the summer
Nutrition - eat more veggies, and make healthier choices
Money - Save it!! Learn to budget
Travel - Find local NE destinations to visit this spring, not too expensive
Self Care - Make time for me
Relationship/Family - Make time for date nights with hubby, make time for some family fun with my kids

So far I've started my fitness and nutrition - going on my 3rd week!  So far so good!  Everything else is a work in progress.  Money - I'm still trying to dig myself out of a whole before I can save anything.  I started looking at places in MA and CT to visit this Spring - any suggestions?
For self-care, I will carve out 30 minutes to an hour every day to read, take a bath or watch a fave show - anything that I feel like doing that day.
The last one on this list is family and relationship.  I enjoy my time in the morning when I drop my daughter off at school, it is our time to talk without any boys interrupting.  I love it, but sometimes we try to talk at the end of the day too.  I want to have more time for her and would love to take another mother-daughter trip!  We haven't done one in years!  With my son its harder, so I'll settle for Sunday dinners.  This has to happen without fail - Sunday dinners for us to catch up and spend time together.  Then hubby.  We need to go back to our Friday date nights.  These were fun and nice to go eat without anyone else, just the 2 of us!

One of the other things that are good to do to make your goals a reality, is to create a vision board. I've never created one but this year I plan on it.  There are many ways to create one, but I'm thinking of starting with a digital board.  I'll use powerpoint to put all of my pictures on.

I can't wait to get this started! 
Have you written down your goals?
How are you planning on making them a reality? 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Week 2 ~ New Program Starts Today!

So I'm in week 2 of my weight loss journey!  Today begins a new program that I am both excited and terrified for!  Shaun T's Transform 20 starts today and I tried a sample workout and oh boy!! It was intense!  Its only 20 minutes, but you get an intense cardio workout!

Last week I was still on Joel Freeman's Liift 4, which I love but that program is building muscle.  I'm hoping to see more weight loss with Transform 20 since it is cardio.

There wasn't much change this past week.  I was 193 lbs last Saturday but overdid it during the weekend so by Monday I was at 196 lbs.  I was so bloated, it took me about 2 days to get back to 193 lbs.

I lost 1 pound all week, which is ok.  We went away to Atlantic City for the weekend, and I really did my best to be good so let's see what my results are this morning.

I weigh in every Monday, but my official weigh in at the end of each week is Saturday.

This week I didn't retake my measurements, so let's just keep last week's.

Weight as of Sat 1/12: 192 lbs
Measurements from 1/4:
Chest: 36"
Left Arm: 12.75"
Right Arm: 12.75"
Waist: 39"
Hips: 48"
Left thigh: 27.5"
Right Thigh: 28"

*side note - I wasn't mad while taking the pictures, it was just too early for a Saturday :) 
I'm not a morning person.

I'm really looking forward to this Saturday to see how I do!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Dinner (Old favorite) ~Cooking Corner

I planned on doing another new recipe today to continue my cookbook challenge, but since we just got back from Atlantic City, I wasn't ready to do something new.  I already had a lot to do with putting away the Christmas tree and decorations.  So I went for a classic - Chicken parm and spaghetti.

This is so easy and quick to put together. My daughter loves doing the breading of the chicken herself, which is a great help to me.

In the meantime, I heat up the oil to fry the chicken and preheat the oven at 350 degrees

Once fried, I place them on a sheet pan

Add tomato sauce and put in the oven for 15 minutes

After 15 minutes, I add a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each piece

While the chicken is in the oven, I put some water to boil.  Once it is boiling, I add the spaghetti.

While all of the above is cooking, I put together my quick version of a Caprese Salad.

I use dried crushed basil when I don't have fresh basil

After the 10-15 minutes, the spaghetti is ready so I drain it, then add tomato sauce to the pot and put the spaghetti back in to mix.

Chicken is ready to be placed on a platter

and voila! Sunday dinner is ready in less than an hour.

Next week I'll be back with a new recipe and my thoughts.
Happy Cooking!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Let's Talk Money!

So another goal this year is to get my finances in order and save money.  I'm just awful with money!  I won't even deny it, and it is embarrassing to be my age and have an awful credit score!  All I can do right now is shake my head! Whyyyyyy!! 

Well, I know why.  I spend too much and don't plan out any payments or savings.  I just pay bills every Friday based on what is in my checking account.  Needless to say, this has not worked very well for me.  I'm tired of living paycheck to paycheck and really need to make a change.

Enter Dave Ramsey  :)

I can't remember when I first learned about Dave Ramsey, but I started reading about him, listening to his podcast and even purchased his program, Financial Peace University.  I didn't finish the program, but now I plan on making time to go through the program.

I also plan on using the Dave Ramsey budgeting tools to help get me on track.  I have some plans this year, some that I'm not ready to reveal, but the point is that I have to get my finances in order.  I need to eliminate as much debt as I can and I have to save money!

Another way that I'll be getting back on track is using my planners.  I am a planner fanatic, I can never have too many - LOL, shopping problems!  I have 2 planners that will be used for finances.

This little one will be in my purse and will travel with me everywhere.  The cover is so inspirational since Paris is one of the places I'm dying to visit.  This planner will be used for many things, but since it will be with me at all times, it is the perfect place to jot down any money I spend.

This next one is my Kikki K mint green planner.  I plan on using this one to add all my bill due dates on the calendar, keep track of balances and update them as I make payments.  I'll be able to easily add some of Dave Ramsey's budgeting tools to this planner.

Since saving money is one of my goals.  I am going to start with this weekly savings plan.  Looks like an easy way to save $1000 in 26 weeks, which by the way is Dave Ramsey's Baby Step 1.

I'm being very optimistic for 2019 and realize this will take hard work on my part.  This year I have many changes planned I'm hoping to make them a reality!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fitness Goals

This year I'm working on setting goals and following through, so the plan is to put it all on paper and have a 3 month check up.
My first goal is fitness.  I've been into fitness and working on my personal fitness for several years, but honestly, I haven't stuck to it.  I've jumped in and jumped out.  So this year, I am working to stay in!

This isn't easy for me.  I have a million excuses, like:

1- I don't have time
2 - I'm too tired
3 - Its not working fast enough
4 - so what if I skip a day

So many reasons to not stick to a fitness routine, but there are also many more reasons to stick to it!

1 - Feel better
2 - have more energy
3 - be healthier
4 - might help me live a longer and great life
5 - look better 
6 - lose weight
7 - will look great in a bikini
8 - I want to be the hot mom, LMAO
9 - no more struggles with clothes shopping
10 - set a good example for my kids
11 - inspire others

And I know I can write down more reasons why being active and exercising will be great for me, but these are my top reasons.  I've even gotten hubby back on board with the fitness routines, although it's been a slow start for him.  It is a work in progress.  Nobody starts a workout program knowing everything and doing all of the moves without stopping - I stop.  I stop for water, to take a breather.  It's not easy, but I keep going.  As time goes on I will get better and will take fewer breaks.  I'm aiming to get through every workout without stopping! LOL

I would love to help others and that is why I post and share my journey.  

I'm far from perfect.  
I get tired
I'm not fit
I'm overweight
I don't eat well all the time
I make bad choices

It's a daily struggle and every day I wake up and decide to workout and decide to stick to my nutrition plan.

I have good days and I have bad days.
Just like everyone else.
Just like you.

I work to build a team of women who can help me and let me help them with fitness and nutrition.
We can push and inspire each other.
We can learn together and from each other.

If you'd like to be part of my team, drop a comment below.
If you'd like to learn about my fitness & nutrition programs that I follow, drop a comment below.
You don't need a gym and you don't need an hour or more.

I'd love to hear from you!
What do you struggle with?
What is holding you back from a better fitness & nutrition routine?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week 1 ~ Workout & Nutrition

Mondays! First day of the week and not my weigh in day but it will be my check in day to check the progress from last week and plan the week ahead.

So this week is my prep week before I start my new workout program.  Being a BeachBody coach is great because I get to test out new programs before its officially released.  Right now we are prepping for Transform 20 - Shaun T's new program and I am really excited to start!  20 minute workout! Yes please!

I will also be following Beachbody's newest nutrition program 2B Mindset.  Its great for me because I don't have to measure much, just follow the basics.  Water First, Veggies Most

This week I won't be doing Transform 20 yet, so I am continuing my Liift 4 program.  This will be week 3 for me.

Here is my check in:

Weight as of Sat 1/4: 193 lbs
Chest: 36"
Left Arm: 12.75"
Right Arm: 12.75"
Waist: 39"
Hips: 48"
Left thigh: 27.5"
Right Thigh: 28"

Each week I'll have new weight, measurements and photo......hoping to see some progress :)

Have you started a new workout?
Want to learn more about what I'm doing?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Cooking Corner~Cookbook Challenge 2019

Back to my cookbook challenge!! Another goal for this year is to cook a new meal from my collection of cookbooks once a week.  That day will be on Sundays - unless we are out of town.
Not only is this a way to try new food but also a good way to go through all of my books & magazines and get rid of the ones I don't like.

Unfortunately, I didn't really plan for this Sunday, so I searched my fridge & pantry to see what I can make.  I looked in the freezer and realized we had a piece of Venison in the freezer for a while so that is what I'm going to attempt to make.  I've never made venison or even tasted it, so this is really new.

I had to search for a recipe online and I found one that looked easy - so I gave it a try!
Here is the link for any of you that would like to try it:

This recipe was easy - just throw everything in the power cooker and set it to low temp cooking.

After it was done, I forgot to take a picture, but it reminded me of when I make flank steak for my cuban dish: Ropa Vieja.  So I decided to turn it into ropa vieja.

Here is the finished product.

Hubby and baby girl loved it.  I thought it was ok but not crazy over it and my son said there was an aftertaste, LOL-safe to say he didn't like it!

Do you guys try new recipes?
Anything you suggest I should try next?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Goal Setting

Goals! One of the many things I am not good at!  I've never really created goals for myself and I always hated when school or work would ask me to write down goals.
I never thought of them or thought of what I wanted in the future.

Well, things have certainly changed & I guess its about time.  I started setting goals when I began my health & fitness journey but never really put anything on paper.  They were just small ideas or habits that I wanted to keep up with.  I kept up with some but I have no real way of knowing what I accomplished.  So, now we are in the first week of 2019 and this year I will be putting my goals on paper.  I will be using my Erin Condren planner to help me with tracking my goals as well as my schedule, and I am going to test out this website,, to get me going with goal setting!

I've read and listened to so many sources regarding goals (I love you tubers, LOL) that I'm actually excited to get started on my list.  I have several ideas but I want to get specific.

One of my goals this year is this blog, which I tend to neglect.  I am determined to write more and I will be sharing my goal setting and progress on here, so stay tuned :)

Well, enough for now since I have a job to get to - yes, that pesky 9-6 office job, I still have to pay bills so good-bye for now!


Hi everyone!  So last week I talked about my fitness goals.  Today, I'm going to write out some of my goals.  I feel that if they aren&#...