22 Participants

To my friends who entered the Biggest Loser competition, we have 22 participants. That means that the two biggest losers will win $110 each!

Can’t wait to hear how you all do! I’m hoping a combination of meal planning (I planned all of my meals and snacks for the week), scheduling my workouts, and tracking everything what I eat (I use the app MyFitnessPal), the weight will naturally come off. Good luck!

Biggest Loser Competition



A dark tiled room as a background

I am hosting a Virtual Biggest Loser Competition. Everyone who wants to enter will put in $10 via PayPal, then the two people who lose the most percentage of weight in five weeks will split the money.

Here are the details:

  1. It will be on the honor system (so, honest people only, please 🙂 ).
  2. To enter, send $10 to my PayPal Account by Monday, January 11.
  3. Personally record your starting weight on Monday, January 11.
  4. I will post how many people entered the competition on Tuesday, January 12, meaning you’ll find out how much you could potentially win-giving you the motivation you need to lose!
  5. Personally record your ending weight on Monday, February 15.
  6. Calculate your weight loss percentage by dividing the number of pounds you have lost by your beginning weight, and then multiplying this number by 100. For instance, if your starting body weight was 200 pounds and your present weight is 180 poundssubtract 180 from 200 to get the total sum of pounds lost, which in this case is 20 pounds. Now divide 20 by 200 to get the 0.1. Then multiply 0.1 by 100 to alter it to a percentage, which in this case is 10%.
  7. Email me your percentage by Wednesday, February 17.
  8. I will announce the top two winners on Thursday, February 18.
  9. Winners will receive their money by Friday, February 19 through PayPal.



Sound easy enough? Well, the weight loss might not be so easy, but the competition will be! Make sure to share with those who may be interested because the more people we get involved, the bigger the winnings, and the bigger the motivation!

Let the games begin! Send me your money by next Monday and let me know if you have any questions.

Fit Tips

I asked Hannah what I should blog about and she told me to write a post about exercise and eating healthy. My girlfriends just saw me eat a bunch of no-bake cookies tonight at The Bachelor, so I feel like a hypocrite. But I promise-for the most part-I really try hard to watch what I eat. So, Hannah. Here are five tips. Just for you… even though you’re actually the pro at exercising and you should be writing a blog post for me.

  1. Get in a daily routine and stick to it. Once your days get structure, it is easier to plan ahead what you will eat and make time for exercise.
  2. Don’t keep junk food in the house. If it’s not around, you can’t eat it.
  3. Find a workout that you enjoy. I used to put on Billy Blanks and complain the entire time because he annoyed me so much. I’ve decided to get rid of that DVD and find something I like better. Right now I’m in love with Jillian Michaels’ mini workouts on Hulu.
  4. Switch up your workouts. A couple days a week do weights or pilates. The other days get some cardio in. You won’t get bored and your body needs both types of exercise.
  5. Keep track of what you eat using an iPhone app (I use Daily Plate) or go the old fashion route and hand write it in a journal. I know I’ve said this before-but if you want to see the pounds drop, keep track of your calories. But something I learned this year is that you have to treat yo’self occasionally. Go out once in a while and just don’t worry about it. TREAT YO’SELF 2013!


21 Pounds

Guys, I had the stomach flu earlier this week.

Oh my gosh.

The worst. It was the absolute worst. I won’t give details for obvious reasons, but at one point I thought to myself,

I’d rather be giving birth right now.

At the end of child birth with Eva, at least I got a baby! (And a cupcake… gosh, I loved that hospital!)

That being said, I haven’t eaten much this week other than toast and crackers. So, I’ve lost five pounds since Sunday. I know I shouldn’t be too happy about that because it wasn’t like I worked out and ate really healthy to lose the weight, and it probably will come back really easily. But I have to say, it’s pretty exciting to be past the 20 pound mark this year. If I don’t gain back those five pounds, I have a real chance to meeting my New Year’s Resolution-Weight loss goal of 30 pounds.

Heck, I’ll even being thrilled with 25 pounds. And so will my skinny jeans.

Wish me luck! During the holidays, it’s just a good thing not to GAIN weight, let alone lose it! Goodness knows I can’t say no to all those delicious desserts… But hopefully I can balance it out with a lot of exercise and a lot of healthy meals.

End of the Summer Weightloss Goal

When T.J. left the first week of May, I decided to make a goal for weightloss. I wanted to lose 20 pounds by the end of August, so roughly five pounds a month. But it was more about losing pounds. I wanted to become more healthy. I wanted to take control of my life and get into shape.

August 31 has come and gone. I’m disappointed to say that I did not meet my mark. But I’m very excited to say that I did lose 17 pounds this summer, which is still a big deal! I’m very close to my goal, and I’m going to make it soon hopefully! My New Year’s Resolution was 30 pounds. So I have 13 pounds more to go for the whole year.

Here are some thoughts about this summer’s journey:

  • After losing 15, the pounds have been much harder to lose.
  • When I feel hungry but know I shouldn’t be, I drink a large glass of ice water. By the time I’m done, I feel more full and usually I’ve found myself something to do (it’s usually not hunger… it’s feeling bored!)
  • Life is always going to be hectic or crazy. I’ve realized even if I just have time one day to do wall sits and crunches throughout the day, it’ll add up!
  • I know one main reason I have been able to lose the weight is because I have stopped going out to eat on a regular basis. We used to eat out at least once or twice a week. Not only is that awful on the bank, it slaps pounds on your belly fast! So, I cut going out to eat except for special occasions. It makes those times you do get to go out, much more fun! And bonus, you save a lot of money.
  • Although I’m not sure people can tell I’ve lost weight, I have dropped down a pants’ size and fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes much better! Physical results like that REALLY encourage me!
  • Eating healthy and exercise not only helps you lose weight, but also dramatically helps your mental health. I feel better about myself, I’m more positive, and I have much more energy throughout the day.
  • My whole life has changed because of this one goal. It is now a part of my life and I’m so happy I finally got the motivation to do it!

The first step is always the hardest.

But you’ll never regret it.


Here’s to 17 pounds in 4 months!  Yeah!


5K Champion

On the 24th of July, my alarm went off at 5:55 am. I suddenly was having flash backs of early morning seminary. So miserable. It was time to wake up for the 5K I signed up for.

To most people, a 5K is probably not a big deal. And actually, the distance wasn’t worrisome for me. But I just wanted to do good because it was the first race I had ever ran in. Run…job… walk. First race I had ever signed up for. And since I have been trying to get back in shape all summer, it was a goal for me to work towards. I even got emotional at one point because I was so proud that I made a goal and accomplished it.

When I was getting ready, I noticed it was pitch black outside still and raining. Flashbacks to early morning seminary in the winter. Even worse.

But by the time we arrived at the buses, the sun was rising, the rain (for the most part) had cleared, and I was getting really into the spirit of the whole thing!

I finished 45 seconds before my goal, so that was awesome… and the song my shuffle ended on was Chris Brown’s Forever. Really? Could there be a more perfect pump up song to finish a race? Nope. It was perfect. And so fun to do it with my sister-in-law Lacey.

Can’t wait to do a 10K this fall!

Lacey and I on the bus before the race

Finished! It might have been slow, but I did it!

T.J.’s cousins Katie and Annie, Lacey, and I with our large muscles


Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

I usually do a pretty good job eating healthy throughout the week, but something kicks in on the weekend that makes me want to throw the health stuff out the window and chow down on snacks. Then I gain half of the weight I lost throughout the week back!

This weekend has been no exception. Because I went to an Opening Ceremony Party on Friday, I ate lots of treats there and then brought my leftover chips and salsa back to the house. Well, this afternoon I decided I was really in the mood to bake (which rarely happens anymore) and I was hungry for cookies (let’s face it, when am I not hungry for cookies?) but I decided to switch gears and do some healthy substitutions.

To see the original recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook, you can click here.

Here’s what I came up with. I took a lot of risks (like eliminating the brown sugar and and shortening all together) but the cookies actually were so good I had to put them away so I wouldn’t eat all of them in one sitting!

  • 1/4 c truvia (or any sugar substitute equal to 2/3 c sugar)
  • 1/4 c butter (room temperature)
  • 1 c natural applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c enriched flour [next time I’ll try whole wheat (+ 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t baking powder), but I didn’t have any on hand]
  • 3 c old-fashioned oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Handful of chocolate chips (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix everything together except for the flour, oats, cinnamon, and chocolate chips 
  3. Slowly stir in flour and oats
  4. Spoon out batter onto cookie sheet
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and top with 4-5 chocolate chips (if desired)
  6. Bake for 9-12 minutes


Never have I been so excited about a number. Here’s the reason why:

I have now lost 12 pounds since the beginning of May.

My goal has been five pounds a month. Hopefully I’ll be able to lose three more before the month is over, but I’m guessing it’s going to get tougher and tougher with each pound now.

Sometimes it gets really hard. For example, last night I didn’t have any time for dinner so I decided to pick up some dinner while I was out. I decided to get a salad at Zupa’s (which is already hard for me). Then, I decided to get the “Nuts about Berries” salad. Without the nuts. Without the poppyseed dressing and with fat-free dressing instead. Turns out that salad is not great without those two things.

But then it’s all worth it when I can fit into shorts that didn’t fit me in May. My closet suddenly has so many more clothes in it because I finally feel comfortable wearing them!

Don’t get me wrong though. This week I have cheated. But I figure you have to enjoy life a little bit, right? But instead of eating doubles of dessert, or loading my frozen yogurt with brownie bites, I (try to) limit my portions and top the froyo with berries.

I have one problem though. Maybe you can help me because every night it happens. I’ll eat really well through the day but then by the end of the day, I get so hungry or think I deserve a treat then I’ll eat too many snacks. (Hannah don’t tell anyone how many M&Ms we have had this week!) Do you guys have any tricks for food cravings at night? Please help!

9 Pounds!

I think I wrote a little while back about my new goal of trying to lose weight. I’m trying to lose 20 pounds this summer, five pounds for each of the four months T.J. is away. The second month is almost over and I’m just about at my ten pound mark! As of this morning, I was 9 pounds down from my starting weight.

I’ll tell you what, I’m pretty sure you can’t tell I’ve lost weight, but I sure can feel it. I just feel better about myself. No longer do I feel discouraged when trying to fit into my skinny jeans, I finally like going shopping again, and most importantly, my self esteem is way up. It’s as simple as this: exercise just makes you happy.

It’s not always easy or fun to go workout, but after I do it, I feel motivated to keep at my goal and to continue eating healthy. So, here’s to one more week and trying to lose at least one more pound so I can make my halfway mark!