From Fat to Fit Chick: : November 2013   


Thursday, November 21, 2013

10 Things About Me :)

Sometimes I forget that I don't have all of you as personal friends :) So here are 10 facts about me, not related to weight loss or fitness.

1.  I'm very much in love with my husband.  We met when we were 15 (we are 35 now) and quickly became best friends.  He is my other half in every way & my biggest supporter.

2.  I love animals & actually went to college for Animal Science.  

3.  I have learned so much from having not take things so seriously, enjoy life, I say things like "don't lick that" "please don't put that in your ear" and when I get mad I can sound awfully like my mom lol

4.  I love helping people.  It's run me into the ground before but I think I've found a happy medium.  

5.  I have had my own business for 10 years.  Ironically, I'm in direct sales but I'm in the romance department.  What can I say?  I think every woman should be happy especially in that area ;)

6.  My favorite movies are Legally Blonde & National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  

7.  I'm a goofball.  I have to laugh.  If you don't see me smiling or laughing then my kids are probably fighting, I'm sick, or my oldest is having an Autistic meltdown.

8.  I have an infatuation with Say Yes to the Dress, David Tutera, & What Not to Wear (I'm bummed that WNTW is over btw)

9.  I play the violin & guitar.  As a result, my daughter is learning the violin & my husband is learning guitar.  I'll have my own band one day.

10.  I am your typical New Orleans raised girl....I can pretty much recover from anything, hear music in my heart & find happiness where ever I go.

What is one thing you want to share about yourself?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Survival Tips

I'm reposting this from my fan page's note section.  I know Thanksgiving and then the whole holiday month long eating frenzy will be starting soon!

Holiday Survival Tip #1 ~ Offer to bring a healthy dish to holiday parties.
If you're concerned about the unhealthy array of foods that are bound to be served at an upcoming function, call the host ahead of time to see if you can bring a healthy dish. Chances are, the host will be happy to have some help with the overwhelming task of pleasing a hungry crowd! 

Tip #2 ~ Never go to a party hungry! Eat a healthy light meal before you go to keep you from making rash food decisions later.

Tip #3 ~ Increase your time management skills over the holiday season. Organize your day the evening before. Prioritizing your tasks beforehand will help you find time to exercise & help you stay on your food plan.

 Tip #4 ~ Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

Tip #5 ~ Love it or leave it. Keep your calories under control by choosing to indulge in only the foods that you really love. Too often we eat a gingerbread cookie because it’s only available once a year, not because we truly love gingerbread cookies. Leave behind the foods that you don’t absolutely love. Try rating the foods available and if it’s not a 10, leave it.

 Tip #6 ~ Start your New Year’s Resolutions early. Take the time to sit down and write out ideas for resolutions, choose one or two important goals and post them on the refrigerator to remind yourself about what you’re working on. The holidays may bring more time off work, and this may be a golden opportunity to jump-start or revamp extra exercise and healthy meal planning.

Tip #7 ~ Pre-plan and prepare. Why is it that we’re willing to write out a holiday list, but we don’t write down meal plans because they take too much time? Before leaving the house, try preparing a couple of healthy snacks to take with you to avoid stopping at fast food restaurants or shopping mall food courts. You could save hundreds of calories just by taking 10 minutes in the morning to plan your day.

Tip #8 ~ Forget the all or nothing mentality when it comes to exercise. People often think, if I can’t do the full 30- or 60-minute workout, I’ll do nothing. A little is always better than nothing. You could burn 100 calories or none. Which would you choose? Don’t have much time to work out? Aim for high-intensity, short workouts that exercise multiple muscle groups at once, such as spinning, a strength-training circuit, push-ups or squats with hand weights.

Tip #9 ~ Make active pursuits part of your holiday celebrations. These aren’t full-blown workouts, but rather activities that just get you and your loved ones moving: Toss a football around the backyard, play some games on the Wii or go ice skating. Try to make some of those fun pursuits a new holiday tradition instead of sitting around and eating all day.

Tip #10 ~ Travel Smart! If you are traveling make sure to bring your own snacks. It's hard to find healthy choices at airports & gas stations so I always bring my own food. Protein bars, fresh fruit, beef/turkey jerky, etc.

Tip #11 ~ Don't forget that alcohol is fattening too. That innocent-looking glass of sparkly wine or that small bottle of beer may look as though it will do no harm. However, alcohol contains calories and lots of them. Try and control the amount of alcohol you consume over the holiday period. There are plenty of lower-calorie beers and wines available, so opt for this whenever possible.

Tip #12 ~ With all the holiday food around, remember to eat slowly. Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food. It takes 20 minutes before you feel the "full" effects of foods.

Tip #13 ~ Don't do anything drastic. If you do overindulge in some holiday favorites, *don't* skip meals or try and starve yourself the next day. Go back to eating healthy like you did before you overindulged to help you feel better after a holiday pig-out session.

What is a tip you'd give to someone?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What We Are Eating This Week

If you are new here, I am a meal planner.  Every single week I plan what my family is eating.  This keeps me (mainly) from running to the store and grabbing the not-so-good-for-you stuff.  It does take a little bit of my time but as you find healthier recipes that you like, the planning gets quicker.

My breakfast has pretty much the same formula.....a protein with a serving or two of veggies.  My favorites are eggs with either spinach, eggs with smoked salmon & bell pepper, or a omelet with salsa and cheese.  I love eggs....the whole egg too ;)

My lunch is usually left overs from the night before.  We always have leftovers since I only know how to cook for a army lol

Snacks can consist of anything from air popped popcorn, veggies & hummus, fruit, or something smeared with peanut butter.

Dinner is where I get creative.  Sometimes I have plenty of time to cook but most days I'm rushed and busy. So you'll see me use my slow cooker a lot.  Set it and forget it! haha

This is how my Sunday morning starts off:

Looking all over the internet to find what I'm wanting to cook.  Pinterest is addictive by the way.  I do ask my family if they are wanting anything in particular too.

After I make my list, I go grocery shopping.  I'm a huge Saints fan but I get too nervous to watch the game so I use game time as my cue to go make groceries.  All decked out in my Saints gear, off I go!

Not everything I get is "clean" food.  Again, I'm not a 100% clean eater and never claimed to be.  For me it's not livable.  I try to live by the 80% clean and 20% moderation rule but I try my best to be as clean as I can.


This is all of my veggies and fruit for the week!  Yes we will go through all of this.  

Now what y'all have been waiting dinner plan for this week!  lol

Sunday:  Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup from

Monday:  Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats from

Tuesday:  Beef Stew from

Wednesday:  Tacos, no real recipe I just use lettuce leaves instead of taco shells or make a Taco Salad

Thursday:  Baked Steelhead Trout, mashed cauliflower and steamed green beans
Mashed Cauliflower:

Friday:  Slow Cooker Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili from

Saturday:  Grilled chicken and Veggies

Sunday:  Leftovers because we are leaving early Monday morning for Florida!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Small Changes Do Make a Difference

I know you've probably read this before somewhere but you know what?  It's true.

When I started I was so overwhelmed by the amount I had to lose and potentially overhaul my entire life as I knew it because it needed to change.  It felt like I was drowning.  I had to make myself take a mental step back.  The tendency to go "all or nothing" is something I know all too well though and it is very important to get out of that mentality.  The biggest advice I can give you on how to stop the "all or nothing" mentality is to constantly remind yourself that you are not perfect, that it's ok you'll keep pushing towards your goals.

Or maybe say something like this:

So what little steps can you do then build on?

How about......
  • Using a smaller plate.  I always eat off of a salad plate and have gotten into the habit of collecting the really cute and colorful ones from Target.  Smaller plates means smaller portions but it still looks like a lot because you are on a smaller plate.
  • Try drinking water.  Aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water a day.  I know, I's a lot but keeping your body properly hydrated will help.  Yes you will pee a lot.  It's a good thing and no you won't die from drinking that much.  You get water intoxication from chugging a large amount in a short time.
  • Add in veggies at every meal.  
  • Eat slowly.  If you wolf your food down you will eat more.  It takes your brain 20 minutes to get the message from your stomach that you are full.
  • Start moving more.  Park further away from the store and walk, take the stairs, take a walk to clear your head.  Whether you can only do a few minutes or you can go longer, just do it.
  • Take some time for yourself to relax.  If you have been with me for a while you know how important this one is to me.
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep.  
These are just a few that came to me.  Any small positive change you do will help though!  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Success Story: James

I haven't done a success story in a while but I want to get into spreading the love and showing that I'm not just a fluke by showing off more people that have been successful by losing the weight the "old fashioned" way too!

This is James....he is a great guy I've gotten to know through my fan page on Facebook.  Check out his story below.

James Ray, 32

The biggest catalyst for my change wasn’t very romantic or emotional…it was economic! I was about to graduate with a criminal justice degree and wanted to work in law enforcement but I was so fat I couldn’t tie my shoes without holding my breath, do a proper push-up, and I was a smoker.
Now that I have come so far it is about being a role-model for my kids, supporting my wife, and inspiring others.

Here it is in a nutshell-

  1. Patience, nothing happened fast nor will it ever.
  2. Weight Watchers, introduced me to nutrition and portion control.
  3. Physical activity, started very light with walking/jogging and practicing my push-ups & sit-ups.
  4. Support & Education, this included college courses, reading fitness magazines, utilizing Facebook for support and inspiration, studying for my Group Fitness Certification, and getting a doctor that specializes in Sports Medicine.
  5. Patience, nothing has happened fast nor will it ever.

With a long-term journey like this it is hard to pick a hard-ship or struggle that was the biggest; I have suffered so many set-backs and even given up. Events like losing employment, losing our house, surprise pregnancy, financial difficulties, losing friendships, injuries, sickness, etc…have all conspired to derail me and return me to my 300lbs former self.

Please understand that this must be a lifestyle change and viewed as a long-term journey. I like to think of it in terms of traveling: Visualize trying to reach a clear destination but only knowing where you are starting from and a vague suggestion of a route, you hope to go in a straight line but instead you are going to have to adjust & re-adjust your route constantly as you react to the numerous roadblocks and bumps that you will inevitably encounter. If you stop and ask for directions you will be given 20 different options and no clear answer, and there won’t be any GPS assistance.

It won’t be quick, it won’t be easy, and NO ONE CAN SELL YOU ANYTHING THAT WILL CHANGE THAT!

And last, get support! This is a hard enough journey; don’t make it worse by trying to conquer this on your own. There is so much support out there and it doesn’t need to cost you anything; look to friends who will take this journey with you, seek local support groups, and find support online.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Love Affair with Running

I have to admit the thought really did not cross my mind to run until I started walking at the recreation park in Ponchatoula.  You see, there was this older gentleman that was always running when I went out there (Hi, Mr. Ronnie and Mrs Cheryl!) and after a few times crossing his path I got to thinking.....I wanted to be like him.

I asked around online to see exactly what to try because I had no idea what I was doing.  This was after I tried to just jump into running.  Yeah that didn't work out like I wanted it to.  I had someone recommend the C25K program and that is what I did.

Did I go straight through the C25K program?  Nope.  I was stuck on week 1 day 1 for weeks.  Not just a couple of weeks either, it was 5 weeks.  I was not a natural born runner, in fact never ran in my life except those times they made me at PE in high school, and at 250-ish pounds it was just plain hard.

I kept at it though.  Funny thing is, as much as I'm not a natural runner, I felt a sense of freedom and peacefulness when I did do it.  This is the number one reason why I run.  It's not the calories I burn.  It's the best stress reliever for me.

My first race was a 1 mile fun run for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival and I did wind up walking most of it and I believe I was the very last person to finish.  I was hooked though!

I slowly worked up to being able to run a 5k without walking.  

It wasn't an easy process by any means and if you have to walk some of it or all of it, it is really ok.  Just get out there :)

After about a year of doing 5ks, I started training for my first 10k, the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans. (Which I did with just run/walk intervals, no real program.  Get outside, try to run to a landmark, walk to recover, then find another landmark to run to....gradually pick landmarks further out to run to when it feels easier)

The Crescent City Classic

I loved it!!  It was one of the most fun races I've done so far.  The bands and the New Orleans flair kept me going.
Me and my husband at one of The Color Runs I've done

At a New Years Day 5K

So after getting a bunch of 5ks and the 10k under my belt, I decided I wanted to try a half marathon.  I've been following Hal Higdon's novice half marathon training schedule.  It's free and it's realistic.  Score!

I am nervous about the half marathon but I know I'll get it done....which I'm doing the Woman's Half Marathon in Baton Rouge on December 8th if you want to join me or come cheer me on.

My other races if you want to join me or be a part of the cheer squad:
The Color Run in New Orleans, LA on November 16th
Tag You're It Relay or 5k in Amite, LA on November 23rd
Tampa's Turkey Trot in Tampa, FL on November 28th
Christmas in the Oaks Fun Run in New Orleans on December 7th
My half marathon on December 8th

After the new year I was thinking about doing a walk/run meet up once a month in City Park in New Orleans....keep an eye out for that if you are a local!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Bigger My Page Gets.....

The more I realize I will offend or piss people off even if I don't intend to.  Most recently is the whole "I did not have weight loss surgery" debacle.  

I was just stating a fact, that I didn't have WLS, but yet there were people on both sides of the fence attacking each other then turning around and attacking me.

Yes, I deleted both statuses because of all the attacking going on or I would have banned almost every. single. person. that was being negative.

When did people forget others have feelings?

Forget the whole WLS vs. "Old Fashioned Way" thing......this attacking instead of building others up is the norm for people online.  Not everyone mind you but from just my experiences with having my journey in the media, people can be pretty shitty.  

When my magazine cover came out for every supportive message or comment I got, I had 5 more telling me that they photoshopped my mouth and I was an fugly fat bitch.

I know it's the risk for putting myself out there but come on....that does not excuse the horrible behavior of others.  Heaven forbid I call them to task because of their behavior.  Then I'm labelled as too sensitive or negative.  

Just keep in mind next time you see a rant from me:

I don't stand by when my inner voice tries to tear me why wouldn't I stand up for myself or for YOU when others try to do it?

So my message to all of the hateful & petty negative people that stumble across my fan page & blog.....

Maybe if you did you'd have something to show for it ;)

Oh this is for the people asking me to be positive or they are going to stop following me lol 

Holiday Shape Up Challenge!

I love  I first started using them almost a year ago when people asked me about challenges for my facebook fan page.

At first I wasn't so sure but I read up on it and it seemed like a slightly challenging game and the reward would come from all of you instead of me trying to find sponsors.


So what is it?

~ You join a game (the one I'm heading up is at and it starts tomorrow!  It's $20 to buy into the pot.  I kept it reasonable for everyone.) and invite friends!

~ You weigh in starting a couple of days before and submit a photo of the scale and one full length body shot.  Which is kept confidential.  It is just used to verify things.  Your weight is not posted any where for anyone to see.

~  Then go!  You have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.  It seems like a lot depending on how much you have to lose but it's do-able.  Get motivation from your fellow competitors. 

~  After the end, you send in a picture of your scale shot.  If you lose the 4% you split the pot with everyone else that makes their 4%.

Join in if you want.  Nothing like a little bit of friendly competition and extra money in your pocket :)

I normally do one every quarter so if you can't do this one keep an eye next one will start on January 3rd.

To check out how it works:

Managing My Stress

The last 4 weeks have been so stressful. Most of you know that my 12 year old is high functioning Autistic (his official Dx is PDD vs. Asperger's with generalized Anxiety and's a mouthful lol).

4 weeks ago the school told me after a violent meltdown that he'd have to go into the home bound program to keep him from being expelled so they would have a chance to get services into place and for me to tweak things on my end.

I wasn't ready for that decision & I left so very frustrated and angry about the whole situation.  We moved to a different area to get him out of the other school system we were at and I felt like they were punishing me and my son.

If you noticed I stopped posting pictures of my workouts for a little while, it's because I stopped doing them. I was wallowing in self pity for 2 weeks, I had to depend on my husband to come home so I could go running and of course it never worked out the way I wanted it to.  

The good news?  I managed to not emotionally eat this time and I pulled myself out of the workout pity party :)

Which is awesome.....I let my emotional eating get the best of me when we were buying this house in May and when I let the family drama get to me.  All of the stuff resulted in a regain that I'm still fighting to get back off.

How did I stop it this time?  Oh my gosh, it's so much mental work involved & even then some times you slip.  I just kept on pushing.

Tips I follow:

  • I let myself get mad or sad or frustrated.
  • If I can't change my situation, I change my attitude about it.
  • Know that your goals can stay the same but finding another way doesn't mean you failed, it just means you have to be creative. (My half marathon training is still on going, I just have to cross train more and get extra miles on the weekend.)
  • Write out your feelings or talk to someone you trust. 
  • Keep the junk out of your house and minimize grocery store trips (I know when I'm stressed I'm more apt to head to the grocery store or stop at a drug store and grab candy or crap to eat in the car)
  • Be kind to yourself.  Don't beat yourself up if you do wind up buying crap at the store and eating it.  
  • You need to deal with what is really bothering you.  Stress eating is just an indicator of other problems. no

Your strength is all in your mind.  Remember that.

(Today I did get great son will be going back to school on Monday and they have plans in place, including a Paraprofessional to help him.  Yeay!)


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How I Grocery Shop

The grocery store can your biggest ally if you shop it right or a big enemy.  So I'm going to give you the tips I use to keep it a good trip.

1.  Eat before you go shopping.  I make the worst decisions when I'm hungry.  

2. Make a list of staples you need to get plus what you need for your meals & snacks.  

3.  Shop the perimeter of the store for the most of your stuff.  

4.  Rule for the center aisles?  If your great great grandma wouldn't recognize the ingredients you might want to skip it for the most part (or totally skip).

5.  Don't be afraid to read the labels & just because it says it's made with whole grain or made with 2% cheese doesn't mean it's good for you (yeah I'm looking at you 2% Velveeta shells & cheese lol).

Over all my tips can be summed up in this picture ;) 

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Challenge: The 100's

Ready for another monthly exercise challenge?  You do 100 of each exercise every day....split it up if you need to and take the normal 1-2 days to rest.

The ones that are just starting do 100 combined and the ones that need a challenge then do 100 of each...sounds like a good compromise right?

 Print it out and keep it where you can see it :)

This one is a little different but I started doing it a couple of weeks ago and I like it.

As always I do show you modifications....this time the only ones that might need modifications are the jumping jacks, old school sit-ups and push-ups.  I also included a way to bring your jumping jacks to another level if you need more intensity.

Here are low impact jumping jacks

Sitting crunches for those not able to get on the floor for sit-ups

and there are lots of ways to do push ups lol but a wall push up is best for people with bad knees

And if you need something a bit harder than just regular jumping jacks, may I suggest this?  Oh and you're welcome for the additional burn ;)

Who's in??