Mamavation Monday: Back From My Weekend In The Woods


We had such a fun weekend with Grandma & Grandpa!

The girls & I just got back from a weekend at the cottage yesterday. We had so much fun! Most people who know me, know that I am not a big nature girl. The closest nature and I get is when I run outside or on the trails. When I say I am not a nature girl I mean that Adam will laugh almost the whole time as I jump, scream and run faster just to be done. In fact while we were on the trail at the Tahquamenon Falls this weekend I spent a lot of time up close with nature & screaming.

Once we got to the cottage we unpacked, went sledding down the big hill & then the girls went for a walk across the lake with Grandpa. They loved being out in the middle of the woods where they could be as loud as they wanted to!

After sledding we went to dinner. I decided that I was going to ditch my diet. Not forever, but just for a couple of days. I wanted to have a fun weekend, and not have a care in the world. The Whitefish was a cool place! I think they knew I wasn’t a local from the moment they saw my shoes when I walked in. It’s not very often that you see a pair of pink, glitter Converse in the woods! image-4
We played the lottery, won some money, ate some awesome food & witnessed a fight. The bar fight became the joke of the weekend!

I am in love with Tahquamenon falls! It’s so beautiful and I was so excited to walk down the trail. That was until I couldn’t stand up and walk more then 5 steps before me & the back I was carrying would slam into the ground! I am not kidding, it happened so often that we could not stop laughing and then my butt & legs weren’t the only thing hurting! Thankfully the DNR had snowshoes for visitors to use.


Before I continue telling you about this adventure remember the following things: I am so clumsy it’s ridiculous. I have broken a few bones in sports. This adventure was taking place on an icy trail & a ton of people around. After the helpful DNR officer helped me I was able to walk more then 10 steps at a time, in fact I was able to do the entire trail. That was a LONG trail, especially in snow shoes for the first time! I did it though, and after completing it I figure it’s great training for a half marathon. I signed up for my first half this fall, and after hitting the submit button I almost cried. Ok, not really cried but fear was my greatest emotion! I will do it this fall & like this weekend be so proud of myself for finishing!

This weekend make me realize how much I missed living in the UP. How much I need to just unplug & go take some time to myself. That it’s ok to ditch my diet, and pick it back up monday! I don’t have a scale picture this week since I choose to eat chicken tenders, french fries & lots of ranch! I also had one of the best burgers I have ever had & soda. Today is a new day & this is a new week. It’s back to the daily workouts & diet.

Hope you all had a fabulous week!


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Mamavation Monday: Starting To Love What I See

This week wasn’t my best & was pretty emotional. I didn’t run as many days this week as I would have liked to and needed to. Thankfully though I was able to do everyday of the #2WeekChallenge with @MrBookieboo. I have enjoyed doing the workouts with Adam. It’s become a little bit of a competition. :)

Here is a bit of a recap of my week & my scale picture for this week …


I don’t know about you but until I started dropping serious pounds I hated what I saw in the mirror. I lost my mojo & confidence in myself. This morning I was making up my #2WeekChallenge workout and before I jumped in the shower I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror in my workout clothes. Those clothes being a sports bra & yoga pants. My first reaction to what I saw in the mirror was the biggest sense of confidence I have had in a long time. Even working out at home I would not have worn this type of outfit before. I would of worn baggy pants & t-shirt. I in no mean am at my goal weight and I am not “bikini ready” yet. I have some more work to do and I am ok with that. What I did need though is a reminder of how far I have come.

I have lost 40 inches & counting. The picture on the left was taken in September 2011, during my first application to be a MM. The girl on the right didn’t let anything stop her or get in her way. I have proven to myself that I could do it, and the only thing that was holding me back was me. My dreams and goals are no longer on hold, and there is no stopping me now.

Health wise my biggest issue is the extra skin I have from loosing all of this weight. I haven’t had a seizure in 125 days. I am able to run longer and longer without having to use my inhaler. Hopefully I can keep it that way as my allergies get worse. That will be a huge win!! My headaches from my pseudo tumor are decreasing. My running times are getting better with each run. My lap times are improving every week. I am planning on running my first half marathon this fall with Adam and am running close to 20 other races this year.

This summer I am spending a month at home with the parents. I am beyond excited to go hiking, to run the dunes & run on the most beautiful trails. My goal is to also run a couple of races while I am home. This year started out with a goal of 13 races and I was intimidated. I  may end this year with close to 30 under my belt!

Hope you had a fabulous week!

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Mamavation Monday: Taking Baby Steps Towards A Big Change

It has been far too long since my last Mamavation Monday post! I am so sorry for the lack of updates and scale pictures. Not much has really changed update wise or in my scale pictures but I will catch you up on everything!

I have been taking a little bit of a break from checking in with the scale. I was feeling like I was starting to get too wrapped up in the number that it would show. I was feeling like I wasn’t happy enough with the number. I felt like after loosing almost 100 pounds that I would be excited to see a much smaller number. I thought that I would be happy, all of the time about that. Thing is that now I feel like if it isn’t going down, I am not doing something right. I have been running, for the most part watching what I am eating and trying to get my daily steps in. I think that a universal problem we have when it come to weight loss is, that if it’s not happening instantaneously then we give up because we don’t see the results. We feel like if we don’t see results then it must not be working.

I am starting to feel like that right now with toning. One side effect of loosing a lot of weight is the extra skin that you now have. Sounds like an easy problem to have, and it is compared to weighing an additional 100 pounds. I just HATE looking in the mirror now though and seeing it. I have a mix of emotions. Disappointment that my weight got that out of hand. Hope for the future because I have had such improvement with my weight and health in the last twelve months. Then there is the frustration of feeling like I am not going to be able to ditch this extra skin, wear a bikini again or feel sexy in any clothes again. I am really looking forward to the day that I feel totally confident and comfortable in my own skin.

In the mean time though …. I am ready for some new changes. I feel like you can’t change everything at once or nothing will work. For me I would just get completely overwhelmed & give up. Since I have this whole working out thing under control now it’s time to handle and change what I/we as a family eat. Last night I posted about one big change, no more fast food. We are going to take the plunge and do paleo & primal in addition to gluten free. Even as I typed this I took a deep breath like I needed to convince myself that I could do this. I don’t know what I am afraid of, I can do it. I think it’s just going to take a lot of planning and patience on my end.

Have you ever tried paleo, gluten free, primal or all of the above? Do you have any advice for a newbie like me?

Current weight is at: 136.8 {I had a 2.8 gain since my last weigh in} I am going to try to not stress about it. It could be from a number of things, and a number does not define who I am.

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In case you missed it, this week I wrote a post for anyone who was thinking about applying to be a Mamavation mom in the next or future campaigns. A lot of you have mentioned that there is something holding you back from applyin. I shared my story & hopefully it will help you in your decision weather to apply or not.

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