Over the past week a few people have told me that I have been inspirational to them and I can’t even begin to tell you how great it feels to hear that. This started out as just a way for me to make myself accountable for my own actions, I never expected this journey to reach so many people and I definitely didn’t expect such an overwhelming outpour of support and love from friends, family and strangers. I feel like I’m not doing this alone, I have a sea of supporters there for me while I go through this transformation. That is an amazing feeling and an even better feeling is knowing that this has inspired others. You guys are the best and I mean that.

I have an incredibly inspiring person in my life who has also been on a mission to get healthy and let me tell you…she’s killing it. I mean talk about inspiration, it’s one thing to talk about it , it’s another to see someone transform before your eyes (I’m hoping I start transforming soon too…it’s still early lol). I hope to share her story soon, or maybe have her guest blog? We’ll see…first I have to ask!

In the meantime I have come across a few incredibly inspiring stories that I thought I would share.

This first one has made the rounds on Facebook so you may have already seen it but it’s too good not to share. I found this story about a military wife especially inspirational since I have been there, let me tell you it’s not easy being on your own when your spouse deploys, especially when you have kids. To do that and lose a life changing amount of weight is incredible, this woman is just amazing.

Military wife loses more than 100 pounds to surprise husband

This second link has a ton of helpful tips, I am obviously not following all of them but it has some great ideas. Check it out 🙂

Healthy-living: Worst way start diet

And finally this last video was shared by a good friend on Facebook, it actually made me tear up a little. This guy is no joke, they should play this video at gyms. If you only have time to click on one link this is the one to click on!

Relationship Inspired Weight Loss



I love french fries

and lattes and Portillo’s chocolate cake…ugh. Temptation is an evil little bitch. The whole point of weight watchers is to lose weight without depriving yourself but there are just some things that I’m not willing to waste my valuable points on just yet. For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook you saw that tonight when Vince and I stopped at Starbucks so he wouldn’t fall asleep during the Hawks game we were handed an extra free cinnamon dolce latte just because the baristas were in a friendly mood. I immediately handed it to Tara (she was more than happy to take it off my hands). First of all if I’m gonna blow a meal’s worth of points that wouldn’t be my latte of choice and second right now I can’t justify blowing that many points for an evening latte. But I still wanted it, just like I wanted Vince’s fries the other night at dinner. Who knew I had willpower?! The only person I’m cheating is myself if I start back on the slippery slope to eating whatever I feel like eating. I’m not saying I’ll never have a latte, or fries, or even some Portillo’s chocolate cake at some point, but this early on I think saying “no thanks” is pretty beneficial to the process of teaching myself how to eat healthy. For now I’ll stick to my fruits and veggies as treats, as much as I love my indulgent treats I’ve never felt like crap after eating a banana…the same can’t be said for that chocolate cake.


Shopping Healthy

When you are changing the way you eat you also have to change the way you shop.  I used to just go up and down the aisles buying whatever I felt like grabbing.  Now I use a list, first of all I don’t forget things nearly as often and second I give myself plenty of cooking options at home.  I have finished the “Simple Start” program with Weight Watchers but I still use the grocery list as a guide for my own shopping.  I’ll be honest about this whole clean eating/healthy living thing, I’m pretty sure I eat more now than I did before I started this weight loss journey.  But I’m eating good stuff, I love fruits like mango and bananas.  I’m also a big fan of zucchini, tomatoes, and asparagus.  This is what I snack on now.  No more chips and I honestly don’t miss them.  My husband is not doing weight watchers along with me (he and my son are incredibly picky eaters) and so we still have stuff like ruffles and cheese its in our house…strange enough I have no desire to snack on them.  And it’s not that I can’t have them, I can as long as I account for them, I just don’t think they are worth it anymore.  My daughter isn’t a huge junk food person usually and is loving the change in our grocery list.  She is always more than willing to eat any of the healthy meals I cook and I’m hoping through this I am teaching her habits that will stick with her into adulthood.  So enough rambling from me.  Here is the Weight Watchers Simple Start Shopping List that I base my grocery shopping off of.  Of course I don’t buy every single thing on it and buy other things for the picky eaters in my house, but it’s a great start and it has really helped me navigate the grocery store with a healthier mindset. 


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My daughter knows more about makeup than me

I have a gorgeous daughter. I know I’m partial since I like made her and everything but really…as objective as I can be as her mother…she’s just stunning. It’s 99% thanks to me (kidding) and 1% her insane makeup skills. Here are a few pics stolen from her Instagram. I apologize in advance for the duck face overload…she’s 14…it’s like mandatory I think?

Let’s all flashback to our 8th grade days shall we? Yeah we didn’t look like this (or at least I didn’t). Thanks to the wonder of YouTube and some honest God-given skill, Tara has developed into quite the little expert. Now I’m not new to the world of makeup. I used to think I actually knew a lot…nope. Tara gives me beauty advice all the time…and I take it because 8th graders are mean but in an accurate way (thanks for the joke John Mulaney). Anyway here are some of Tara’s favorite video tutorials. Please note that I didn’t actually watch any of these all the way through so if there is something horrible in them then well…it’s Tara’s fault. And high five to the girl in the last video. I tip my hat to you and your teasing comb.

My Go-To Makeup Look | Casey Holmes
Getting Ready | Lauren Curtis
Everyday Spring Makeup | ciaoobellaxo


My adorable family

So I still really don’t know what I’m doing with my camera but here are some random shots from the past few weeks of my husband, kids and dogs.  I’m pretty sure Vince regrets getting me a camera for Valentine’s Day.  ImageThis guy.

ImageRoxy RooImageBentley needs to be groomed like yesterday.


This is all they do.  I want this life. Image

The boys.


If you ask Mike what his favorite thing in the world is he’ll say “waiting for my sister’s choir performance”. Image

She never poses for photos so I take them while I can.  Here she is walking past me like she doesn’t know who I am before her concert.Image

She can hardly contain her enthusiasm.Image

Not the best picture I’ve ever taken but she wouldn’t let me take another.  Teenagers are the best.



Tara steals the show in this shot.  This is how she looks at me pretty much always.

The beginning

I had my son when I was 19, before that pregnancy I was never really overweight. I wasn’t skinny by any means but my mom used to say I was “healthy” also known as “just a little chubby”. I gained a lot during my pregnancy with Michael. And then continued to gain slowly through the years after. You can’t really blame your weight gain on your baby anymore when your baby is 12.

So before I go any further I have to explain why I’m attempting this seemingly impossible journey and why I’m sharing it with you. I have tried many times to lose a great deal of weight. I was kind of successful in the past with a 30lb weight loss in 2011 with the help of weight watchers and my best friends in Virginia. But then I moved back to the Chicagoland area and rediscovered pizza and Portillo’s and my mom’s home cooking. Before you knew it those 30lbs were just a distant memory. In the past I have tried to lose weight for an occasion or a trip…and I was also weirdly secretive about it. I never talked about it, never mentioned it in my many random Facebook posts. I think I was afraid of trying and failing and having everyone know about it. That’s why I’m blogging it this time. It’s time I hold myself accountable, and if I put it out there for the world to see then maybe I’ll get that missing motivation that I have lacked in the past. This time there is no deadline, no event to prepare for. I just want to get healthy and when I get there I get there. I have an incredibly long road ahead of me but I’m up for the challenge!

I have once again joined weight watchers. The plan did not fail me in the past…I failed me in the past. I love the way weight watchers works, it’s not a diet, it’s not a fad, it’s a lifestyle change. I remember in the past having a meeting leader say there is no end to this journey. You have to eat right and exercise forever if you want to get healthy and stay healthy. This is why they teach you how to eat healthier while still allowing yourself to indulge once in awhile. If you deprive yourself of something say like a chocolate shake, that’s all you’re ever going to want. You can’t ban things you enjoy, you just need to learn how to enjoy those things in moderation and account for them. I have just finished the Simple Start program (which was pretty great and I highly recommend you try if you are considering weight watchers) and am down 6lbs after two weeks. It’s not an impressive number but it’s a start and it is allowing me to remember that this does work if I stick with it. So here we go…let’s see if I can actually do this!



Fantastic Four

February 24th marked my twin nieces, Elena and Estelle, fourth birthday.  The previous Saturday we all celebrated these two lovely ladies with a gymnastics themed family party at their home.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

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