Big Girls Club?

So I was told the other day that I am no longer part of the “Big Girls Club” and well I was slightly offended.  Sounds weird right, but let me explain.  For so many years I had been a part of this unspoken group of ladies who preferred tables instead of booths because it gives a lady space to breathe and expand and all that…the group that shopped online because the stores simply didn’t carry “our” sizes…the group who walked right past some of the clearance racks cause they surely did not carry my size.  And well…now I am being kicked out of the group!  Why!!!???

I should say that this is two fold for me.  On one hand, I had not done the serious work to lose weight because I had spent so much money on clothes.  A $59.99 pair of jeans from Lane Bryant or a $29.99 shirt from the Avenue.  In any case that’s a ton of money.  I didn’t want to have to go back and give all those clothes away or even sell them!  In hindsight, it was such a stupid reason for not trying to get healthy.  On the other hand, I desperately wanted to go into Target or Old Navy and pick up a pair of jeans straight off the rack without having to order them.  To not be larger than the sizes that they carry in the store.  I had always wanted to be able to buy shirts that didn’t have some kind if X at the beginning…how about just a plain old S,M, or even a L will do.  Single letters…single sizes!

It’s weird shopping now.  I’m in new territory and it’s scary sometimes.  Lord knows if it wasn’t for Pinterest I would be a mess.   It’s also exciting to be able to try on clothes and not worry about whether they have my size in the store.

And in case you were wondering…I gave away all those Lane Bryant clothes…I would say somewhere around $1500 worth of stuff.  Money down the drain but the reason behind their exit from my house?  PRICELESS

😉

Ro

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New 30 Day Challenge! Lord Help Me!

Howdy readers!

The holiday season is upon us and that means so many good, home-cooked foods!  I am SO looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas and so is Lady S!  She has insisted for days that Christmas is tomorrow and we have to get ready.  *sigh*  If kids only knew how much went into making a Christmas great!

With the holiday season right around the corner, I decided that it was time to put a 30 day challenge in place so that I can stay on track.  If there is one time during the year that I have a tendency to get lack and slack of a tad, it’s the holidays.  I think this is everyone’s challenge.  When families and friends get together and the conversations start to roll and the jokes are flowing, it’s hard to think about calories!

This is where the 30 Day Challenge comes into play.  I have been a faithful Melissa Bender fan since the summer and it has worked out really well!  I’ve continued to lose weight, shave off inches, and tone and tighten up my body.  The booty seems to be lifting much to Mister S’s delight, my cardio stamina has increased a great deal, and I am finding definition in my midsection which I have been looking for for a long time.  In my search for home workouts, I stumbled upon Lisa-Marie of Bodyrock.tv.  She is one of the many hosts that are part of a home workout revolution that a lot of people are doing.  There have been a few times that I have thought about driving to the gym after a long day at work, and promptly changed my mind.  The ability to turn to YouTube and find a challenging, sweat-inducing workout, AND stay home out of the cold is exactly what I want to do after a long day at work.

I completed the first day of the challenge on Monday and it was TOUGH!  The first day was high impact interval training that lasted about 40 minutes.  In all I did about 60+ intervals of cardio and full body work including strengthening and weight work.  It was hard…I wanted to quit a few times but I kept pushing until the end and I felt good towards the end.  The fact that I burned close to 500 calories in 40 minutes of work…that tells you how much work you might do.

You can find the 30 Day Challenge on her YouTube channel found here —>  30 Day HIIT Challenge YouTube Videos and HERE.

I am going to keep it going and see what changes I can make in 30 days! I’ll keep you all posted!

Til Next Time~

Ro

Genetically Modified Organisms…What are they?

Well…here I am again!  New week and a new post!  We have gotten back into the swing of things and have been cooking at home for the majority of our meals with the exception of 2 or so.  We have always eaten breakfast from the house unless we have early meetings in the morning.  When that happens we venture to ChickFilA and get a cool #1 breakfast combo.  Did I mention that their coffee is like velvet first thing in the morning?  Better than that high and overpriced Starbucks mess that is loaded with sugar.  Oh wait…let me get off my Anti-Starbucks soapbox 🙂

A major mission of ours is to eat as clean as we can and to eat wholesome, good tasting food.  Anyone who works fulltime, parent or not, knows that this is hard to do.  The price of groceries is absolutely unreal.  If you strive to eat all organic, you are looking at a major blow to your wallet.  It’s almost surreal how much you pay for things that you  must have.  A bigger problem is making sure that what you are buying isn’t laden with unpronounceable, genetically modified organisms, and food dyes.  A part of this journey was making sure to check food labels.  In the beginning it was so overwhelming.  You never think about what you are eating until you get down the nitty gritty and start typing ingredients into Google.

A ton of foods in the grocery store are made with GMO’s (genetically modified organism).  What are GMO’s you ask.  The formal definition of a GMO are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  So what the heck does that mean…. GMO’s are these wonderful organisms that are made in a lab somewhere that can not possibly occur in nature.   So now that you know that I know your question is How do they affect your health? There is a growing body of evidence that connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

So what do you do about it?  This is a hard call.  In the United States, companies do not have to notify or label their products as containing GMO’s.  In this great country of ours, it’s not a requirement.  The majority of studies released claiming GMO’s as safe are conducted by the same companies that create them. Conflict of interests anyone? With that said you can do a few things to ensure what you eat is GMO free.

  • Buy organic ->  This is going to be the most costly option if you go completely organic.
  • Read Labels ->  If it says Non GMO then it has been certified as such.
  • Buy Local ->  If you can, by meats, dairy, and fruits/veggies from local farmers.  I’ve found that local food is tastier and safer.

If you want more information regarding GMO’s feel free to click here for a great information and lists of foods that are safe!

Til Next Time,

Ro!

Definition in the Ab Maximus!

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Howdy readers!

It’s a new week and a new milestone for me! The title of this post says it all! I had to post an update pic because I simply could not keep all the excitement to myself. I think I’ve said this before but if not then here goes….

My problem area in life as it pertains to this goddess body is my hind parts, my thighs, and my belly. Oh man…I had a belly before I had a kid and post birth just made it worse. Couple that with out of control eating and general laziness and it was a disaster waiting to happen and happen it did! I typically shied away from full body pics because my stomach was out of control as you can see! Isn’t my nephew cute by the way? Oh wait you can’t see his face! Had to put a cute smiley over him since I don’t want the crazies jacking his image. Now back to the story. When I started this journey my waist circumference was round about 45-47 inches depending on the day of the week and what I ate. As I’ve gone through this process, I’ve found that certain foods cause extreme bloat while others don’t. My primary focus in the beginning was to drop pounds and worry about toning later.

Well that later started this summer when, despite all my efforts, I just could not tone up my stomach. It was much smaller but not what I wanted. After months of planks, burpees (aka The Devil), crunches, reverse crunches, and oblique work I am seeing a little definition poke out! Do you guys see it? I am stoked cause darnit I see it! Mister S sees it! My mom sees it! Yay!!! Now I should say that I am NOT striving for a 6 pack. Typically people that have those well defined and chiseled abs have 10% or less of body fat. Not near that at all!

I’m not sure when I’ll stop losing weight and just maintain. I don’t have a set number in my mind of when to stop. I guess once I feel like I’ve reached my maximum swag level I’ll quit! 😂😂😂. For now I’m just enjoying the changes and the ride!

Til next time!
Ro

Cardio is for girls…

Well I’m back!  It has taken so much energy to get back into the swing of things after being sick.  My muscles completely forget what it is that I have been training them to do for months and oh the pain that I feel after working out from a break is ridiculous.  Pair that with one of the busiest times of the school year as an EC teacher and it’s been crazy!

This past weekend I invited Mister S the opportunity to work out with me.  He’s done such a good job of losing the weight and living healthier without the element of working out.  I should say that Mister S works a manual labor job that requires him to work probably every muscle in his body every day and all day.  So he just gets ripped by doing that.  Because Lady S was out at her grandma’s this weekend, we had the opportunity to workout together.  For months Mister S has said that he can’t do a girlie workout…that he can’t do possibly get fit by working out to a girl.  Well let me just say that he got schooled this weekend.  At the end of it he looked a little a beatdown baby doll and was saying something like this…

After 30 minutes of high intensity interval cardio and muscle work, he was dripping sweat and begging for a cup of water.  It only takes a solid 50 seconds of pushups followed by high knees rounded off by 50 seconds of planking….oh he was finished!

One thing that I hear the men around me say is that they have to get in the gym and lift a ton of weights to get the body they want.  Not entirely true.  Yes weight lifting and toning are VERY important if you want to sculpt the body underneath but most people not trying to get super buff and covered in muscles.  I have found more definition and toning since working out home than I found in months of working out at the gym.

I am hoping that Mister S works out with me more.  It definitely makes it go by faster and there is nothing like laughing every now and then at how silly we both look.

Til Next Time!

Ro