Friday, March 9, 2012

A Sore Body Today, A Strong Body Tomorrow

Ive got a few free minutes this Morning so I thought I would share a few things on how my weight loss journey is going! First, though, I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my Starting Weight Outfit Post! Thank you for all the encouragement, the helpful tips, the inspirational posts some of you shared. I feel so blessed to have so many people rooting for me, and it really has encouraged me so much. You dont even know the power of your wonderful words! so THANK you all SO much!

Today I am extremely sore. And I am proud of my sore body! I am working hard and want to be stronger, healthier, better!
The Hubs and I have been trying to stay active at home, but are also going to the gym for a few hours a day. We haven't been able to go every day this week. But we are going to try to go at least 4-5 times a week. I am so thankful for The Hubs, since we started this biggest loser he has been amazing. He is totally in this with me 100%. Ok it may be partly because he is competitive haha, but really he has been amazing. He is helping me in the kitchen (which he usually NEVER does), and he is like my personal trainer at the gym! We do about an hour/hour and a half of cardio and then target a certain body part (like abs, arms, legs etc) each day. I dont know if I could even push myself as hard if I were to go there alone. He shows me what to do, encourages me, and helps me when I am feeling weak. Walking out of the gym yesterday I felt it instantly, the soreness. I jokingly told Hubs I was gonna die! haha But it felt awesome too. A sore body today, a strong body tomorrow!

The Hubs and I went to do our grocery shopping this week. (Again.. he NEVER goes grocery shopping with me, its like a miracle) He agreed he should come with me, since we needed to make a change in our eating habits, what we buy and what we eat. We looked through a list of everything we normally buy and cut over half of it out and replaced it with fruits and veggies and healthy snacks.
Since he LOVES sweets and I love bread and salty foods, we just decided to not buy any of those kind of snacks that would temp us. We did buy low cal/low carb tortillas for wraps and such. And low cal "sandwich thins" for sandwiches too. Plus since we both tend to be over eaters (me mostly), I usually eat when I am bored too, we are working on healthier choices, smaller portions, NO salt or butter for flavor and I am not even eating cheese anymore!
We are trying NEW things and ways to fill ourselves up and add flavor. Things like using lemon, lime, cilantro, and peppers to add more flavor. We are adding in a lot more FRESH, uncooked veggies to fill us up. We are grabbing fruits, or yogurt when we crave sweets. And we are eating smaller portions more often through out the day. Because both The Hubs and I had terrible eating patterns. We would both mostly SKIP breakfast or have a late breakfast early/lunch kinda thing. Then be too full for lunch at its regular time, so we'd snack on junk food. Around 3-ish Hubs would be hungry and then eat "lunch". I would still just skip lunch and snack a lot. Then we would both over eat and stuff ourselves on dinner. Terrible, right!? Yeah, well NO more!

I want to look good naked! ha ha Even when I was smaller or considered "skinny", I never felt comfortable with myself naked. Ive always been self conscious about it. I dont want to be scared of my body anymore. I want to love it! I know The Hubs loves me and my body, but when I look at myself, well to be honest, I cringe. And I get embarrassed to  let The Hubs see me without clothes. Or when we get "intimate" all I can think sometimes is about my flab jiggling..... Maybe that's a little too personal, but I guess I'm just going to get this all out there!  I've been wanting to lose this weight and get in shape for a long time. Ive never really MADE the effort to really TRY.  This little family competition has been the perfect jump start, and I'm not looking back!
But I am doing this for ME. Not because I want to win, not because someone else thinks I need to lose weight, not because a doctor called me "obese"! I am doing this for me, because I WANT TO. Because I dont want to be a "fat girl with a pretty face." Because I want to feel comfortable in my own skin, because I want to look good naked! Because I want to be healthy and active and a good example for my kids. So when I work out, and I'm pushing myself hard and I'm feeling the BURN bad, that is what I think about. And I tell myself I can DO this! Like when I was on the treadmill, I planned on doing an hour on it just walking a fast pace. Then in the last 10 min I decided I would run, usually I cant run for more than 45 seconds, no joke. But I went for it. I ran for over 5 min straight. That may seem small, but for me at this point right now, that's huge. I told myself "you can do this!" I would repeat things in my head like "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" and "Learn to LOVE the burn"! It felt great.

Every day I will to get better, and stronger and healthier.

Thank you all so much for your encouragement and prayers.
They mean so much to me.
For those of you who are also on a get fit mission too, how are you doing?
What or who is encouraging you to push forward.
What do you do or say to yourself to keep going through the burn when you work out?
I'm loving hearing from you all.

Much Love & Hugs,


  1. I agree with your story 100 percent!! My husband say I am the most beautiful girl in the world. But it is ME who has to be happy with myself!!! Me who Should feel comfy in my own skin!! You rock girl!! Keep it going strong!!!

    1. Yes, TOTALLY! And my hubby always tells me Im beautiful, and sexy even. I dont feel like I am those things. I want to be more confident!! Glad I am not the only one who feels this way! Thanks for the support and encouragement!! I means so much! ♥

  2. Love this post! I always find that setting a goal that involves committing to something specific helps. I want to loose the rest of my baby weight so I signed up for a marathon {I might be crazy, ha}. I paid for it and everything so no backing out now! I've also been creating weekly menus to help keep me focused on eating healthy. It seems to help planning out meals and going shopping for the week :) It's fun to experiment and cook too!

    1. You ARE crazy!! hehe just kidding, you totally rock and you can definitely DO it!! Wow, Im seriously impressed. Im rooting for you!! ♥

  3. Get it girl! That is totally awesome! You will do it. I read on another girls blog tonight this statement, " I no longer have to be afraid that failure will EVER become permanent with me." and it so resonated with me! That I may fail, but it is not going to be permanent. And great job on running too. Something I thought when I started getting back into running was the Lord saying to me "Perseverance girl, you got it in you!" We can do it. Awesome!

  4. You go girl!! You are doing awesome! Keep it up! My aunt says that when you're bored instead of eating exercise, even if it's just jumping jack's... She would know she just lost 60lbs!!
    Can't wait to follow your progress!!

  5. Aw, this made me want to cry. I can identify with so many of the same thoughts. Yay for you & your hubby doing this together, I think it is so much easier when you are committing to it as a couple and family (and think about the good example you are setting for your kids)! I had a flash reading this of a smaller, healthier you and thought "She is SO pretty now, I won't be able to handle it when she's even MORE confident and happy with herself!" You're such a beautiful person. Thanks for being so open and honest on this blog, I'm happy & excited to follow your journey.

  6. Hi Maria,
    I just wanted to let you know that you are SUCH an inspiration! I have recently stumbled upon your blog, and cant seem stop reading it. I'm 23 years old, and have always been the 'bigger girl with the pretty face'. I'm making healthier choices in my life and its comforting know that someone like myself can get to the point that you have, 60+ pounds wow! From one woman to another, thank you for the inspiration!


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