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I am a former career girl and am now a stay-at-home-mom to 2 amazing little girls. Exercise and "dieting" have never been easy for me. But now more than ever, I am determined to adhere to a more active, healthy lifestyle. I am not dieting - just making smarter, more natural food choices. I want to set a great example for my girls. I starting running last year with the Couch-to-5K running program. I've lost over 35 pounds since last year and I want to lose 60 more. I completed my first race (a 5K) in October and I running a 10K by this summer. My long-term goal is ultimately to run a half-marathon in 2012. I've created this blog to put it all out there and most of all - to keep me honest. I include a tested recipe & inspiring workout song on each post. I am also hoping to inspire and be inspired by you! I would love for you to join me for this journey and become an official follower of this blog!

Saturday, April 30, 2011


I've learned that I need to set goals in this journey in order keep moving forward instead of continuing to take two steps back. One of the reasons I think I enjoy running so much is that it is such a goal oriented sport.

In February I set a goal to lose 18 pounds by the end of April (actually looking back it was 17, but I've been thinking it was 18). I weighed myself this morning, and I've lost a little over 13 pounds in that timeframe. And I am so happy - not disappointed at all. I am moving in the right direction, not starving myself, still splurging once in awhile and I am so much more active. 

I've lost around 30 pounds since I started keeping track last year. BUT I do still have a long way to go in this journey. I will not have the bathing suit body I wanted to have this summer, but I will next summer. 

My next goal is to lose 7 pounds in the month of May. 

RANDOM TIP OF THE WEEK: Set a small goal for the week and follow through on it. I keep saying I am going to work on my arms, but I haven't followed through. My small goal for the week is to start working on arms. I am going to do so my starting this short program I saw in a recent issue of Women's Health
THIS WEEK'S RECIPE: Granny's Chicken Roll-Up
This is a recipe I made up from trying to recreate one of my favorite sandwiches at a local restaurant. I wanted to lighten it up with keeping the flavor of the original recipe. The combination of granny smith apples and capers seem odd, but it is so good. And the substitution of half of the mayo for 0% greek yogurt, lightens up the recipe without having it lose its creaminess. The original sandwich also has cheese, which in this case... it doesn't need. 
Serves 1
4 oz chilled shredded chicken breast
1/4 diced red onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 of a granny smith apple, diced
1 tsp of capers, rinsed
1 tbs light mayonnaise
1 tbs 0% greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste
1 low-carb whole wheat tortilla
Directions: combine ingredients, add salt & pepper to taste, throw on a tortilla and wrap up (include some lettuce if you want!). 
Nutrition: 326 calories, 8g fat, 12g fiber, 36g protein, 31g carbs, 8pp+ 


  1. Great job with your goals. Keeping them realisitic and being happy with where you are in the end is fantastic. Keep up the great work and good luck meeting your May goals!
    That chicken salad recipe sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hey! I've got big goals this next 6 weeks as well. Been in such a plateau! We can do this! :)