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Monthly Archives: September 2012

I saw this color combination on a mannequin at H&M the other day. I think burgundy is a great fall color, and I love it with the mint jeans.

Would you wear these colors together?

mint and burgundy

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Current weight – 140.8#

Goal weight – 128#

Weight lost since last weigh in – 2#

Total weight lost – 17.2#

Weight still to lose – 12.8#

My weight loss goal is to lose 1.5# per week, and I’m hoping that having a weekly update will give me a good idea as to whether I’m on track with that or not.


Okay, so here it is. I’m posting my ‘before’ pictures and my ‘half-way’ pictures. The ONLY reason I’m posting the before pictures is to show where I started. It’s one thing to know the number I started at, but a whole different thing to see what it looked like. I took my ‘before’ pictures when I was at 163#, even though I considered my starting weight 158# because that’s when I had my body analysis done. My ‘half-way’ pictures are at 143#, which is halfway between my starting weight of 158# and my goal weight of 128#.

Taking the before pictures was a big deal for me. I was in a place where I had already lost about 30# from when my son was born, and I was feeling pretty decent, even though the number on the scale was still pretty high. Taking these pictures really put things into perspective for me. I didn’t have a full understanding of how out of shape I was until I saw these pictures. This might not make much sense, but it really helped me realize where I was, and how far I was from where I want to be. I locked these pictures away in a hidden file on my computer, and I haven’t looked at them since I took them, until now. Looking at them makes me appreciate even more how far I’ve come. The 20# I’ve lost since these pictures were taken has made a big difference in the way I look and how I feel about my body, and it get’s me even more excited about where all be 15 more pounds from now.


When I got pregnant the first time, I was so excited and secretly wished for a little girl.  I was even more excited when we found out that we WERE having a girl!  Clothes for little girls are so much fun. I couldn’t wait to start buying pretty dresses and hair bows for her.  Little did I know that babies wear mostly onsies and get spit up on them all day. Now that my daughter is older, it is so much fun to dress her, and she even has an opinion about what she wants to wear.  My favorite stores to shop for her are Target, Old Navy, Gap, and Kohls.

So by now you’ve probably realized that I have a thing for colored jeans. But I’m not at the point I want to be to wear them myself. So, I did the next best thing and bought a few pairs for my daughter. She picked out the purple (her favorite color), my mom picked out the blue, and I, of course, picked out the turquoise.

Do you like to shop for your kids as much as you like to shop for yourself?

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Current weight -142.8#

Goal weight – 128#

Weight lost since last weigh in – 3#

Total weight lost – 20.2#

Weight still to lose – 14.8#

My weight loss goal is to lose 1.5# per week, and I’m hoping that having a weekly update will give me a good idea as to whether I’m on track with that or not.

I’ve made it to my half way goal, about a month earlier then i was expecting to
AND, I’ve met another milestone. I’ve been able to fit into a few pairs of old jeans! WooHoo!


I have always been intimidated by the gym. Any time I’ve gone in the past, I’d get on the treadmill or elliptical for a little bit, and then just kind of wander through the weight room trying out machines here and there. But I’ve always been self-conscious about it, I felt like I stuck out and that it was obvious to everyone around me that I had no idea what I was doing. I never approached fitness with a plan. But this time around I came up with a plan. My brother has been working as a personal trainer while he is going to school, and has decided to get his certification. He had a break coming up from school where he would be home for about seven weeks. So I asked him to come up with a schedule for me and to come to the gym with me and show me the ropes.

So, my number one piece of advice is this; get a trainer or find a friend who knows what they are doing, and have them help you. This is important for two reasons. If you are not using the equipment right, you could end up injuring yourself, and you may not be getting the full benefit from your workouts. A trainer will always push you harder than you’d push yourself. Whenever I feel like I’ve given all I can give, my brother will make me do just a few more reps. I’ve also learned that it’s not wise to tell your trainer you’re not sore, unless you want to be 😉

This has been a learning experience for both my brother and I. He experimented with different workouts for me, to see which work the best and he has written up a workout plan for me for while he is back at school. It’s was pretty easy to get to the gym, knowing that he is there to show me what to do. I’ve been going by myself for about a week now. He has given me enough tools and knowledge in the time that we’ve been working together, that I think I’m doing okay on my own.

I’ve also learned that it’s important to mix it up. Do different weight routines, alternate between weights and cardio, try out some group classes. You don’t want your workouts to get boring.

NEVER workout on an empty stomach. Your body needs fuel. Have a power snack 30 mins to an hour before working out. Try some fruit and nuts, a yogurt, or a power bar. If you try to work out on an empty stomach, you’ll be to weak to do any good, and may end up making yourself sick or dizzy. It’s important to remember to eat, just eat the right way

My feelings toward exercising are starting to change. I’m enjoying pushing myself and seeing the places that I can take my body and realizing what I’m actually capable of. I enjoy when my muscles are sore now, and I’m getting pretty good at pushing myself past the point when I don’t think I can do anymore. My brother told me to trust my body and what it’s capable of, and that really helps.

I think I may make my half way goal by next weeks weigh in. Making it to this point a bit earlier then I expected to has given me an extra boost of motivation. I still have a lot of work to do and a ways to go, but seeing how far i’ve come gives me the encouragement that I need to keep going.


Neon is something I have been seeing a lot lately. I personally couldn’t do it in large amounts, but I think accents of neon can be really fun. Accent pieces will also last you longer. If you buy a neon green shirt, and neon goes out of style, you’re stuck with a shirt that you can’t wear. But, if you have some shoes with subtle neon piping, or a fun necklace, you can throw those on with any outfit.

What do you think about neons?

Here is how I would wear the neon trend…

Neon accents



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