Thursday, August 12, 2010

I'm Back!

It has been quite a while since I have updated my blog...there has been a lot going on!

Last week I started P90X and love it! Tony Horton is an amazing trainer! I have already lost an inch around my waist and thighs (in one week)!! His workouts make me feel stronger than I have ever felt and I can't thank him enough for that!

Things in my personal life have been a little hectic and have been adding stress onto me that I really don't need (I won't be going into to much detail about that though).

I am also EXTREMELY nervous about the Chicago Marathon in October...I have been training hard and putting in my miles but, with the pleurisy I have, it has been very hard to really push myself harder (since it causes a very difficult time with my breathing).

Well here's a semi update for now!

Also a yummy recipe to check out:
Tropical Smoothies (Cooking for 2) - Cooking for 2 - Eat Better America


Monday, June 28, 2010

Relay for Life June 26, 2010

This was the most amazing event I have ever participated in! I wasn't able to stay the entire night, but I was there for the opening ceremony, the survivor lap and the Luminaria. The survivor lap and Luminaria were very emotional. During the survivor lap, a name was called and a little girl walked up to get her survivor's medal, which was very touching and I will be the first to admit I was crying during the survivor's lap and the luminaria. It was an amazing way to honor those who are fighting/have won their fight with cancer and to remember our loved ones lost to cancer. I am definitely going to be doing this again next year and hopefully I will be able to stay all night this time!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bad Luck Sucks

Well, I think I have been officially been bit by the bad luck bug *shakes fist at that naughty bug!*

First it started with $50 being stolen from me from my Relay for Life cans...I mean who in the world steals money for a charity!? I worked my @$$ off to get those donations and to have $50 stolen was the biggest slap in the face.

Not to mention, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong. I won't get into details with that (as it is more private than I am willing to share at the moment). But let's just say, it has been horrendously frustrating! I hope that good luck with come along soon! I am not giving up hope that something good will happen!

In the meantime, I did find a picture that I found quite funny and wanted to share!

Well, I hope that everyone else is having a good week and good summer so far! I am hoping that the terrible storms that are supposed to hit tonight will miss us!!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Only a little over 2 weeks to go!

I can't believe how fast the relay is coming up! :O I am so excited :) I've been baking tons of food lately AND am having another garage sale tomorrow to raise even more money! Wish me luck :)


Friday, June 4, 2010

And the headache returns...

Ugh, these headaches lately have been really horrible :( I have another pounding headache today. I had a migraine earlier and now my temples are throbbing...they are absolutely in horrendous pain.

I normally don't like griping, I just hate having horrible headaches like this. :(


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Silent Auction for the Relay for Life :)

Okay, I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to the following people for donating their items for the silent auction for the Relay for Life! The official date is now June 26th (the day of the relay).

Laura, The Quilted Pumpkin:

Destiny's Treasures,

Gia's Bowtique,

Suwanee's Adornments,

Just Us Girls Studio,

I just wanted to give a big thanks to all of the above stores for their generous contributions! You should definitely stop by their stores and check out their beautiful items! :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tired today

Last night I had the worst burning sensation in my lower was so horrible :( I had the pain right around the same area where I have had the 2 lumbar punctures. Then, from that pain stemmed one of the worst migraines I have ever had...I couldn't move at all. The pain was so horrible, it felt like something was literally stomping my head into the ground. I still have the remnants of the headache, but it's not as bad thankfully.

Will write more later...


Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the fight for my life...and fighting for kid's lives too!

I get asked this by people a lot...why do you workout? The answer is simple...I am fighting for my life and my health. So right away they think I am sick or something along those lines. No, I'm not sick or dying...but I could've gotten to that point easily had I let my weight spiral anymore out of control. Obesity is not a joke, it is not something that should be overlooked or sighed upon. People who are obese (as I was) shouldn't be looked down is a REAL disease. I want people to know that a food addiction IS's not a joke. I was literally addicted to food. I ate it to get a 'high' so to speak whenever I was feeling depressed. Just smelling a chocolate bar would instantly lift my mood...and eating it was even better. Then the downward spiral began...eating that chocolate bar would make me feel good temporarily...and after it was gone the horrible guilt would set in, making my mood extremely depressed what happened next? More food...and it just went on and on. Some people lie and say, "Oh, I have NO idea how I got that big!" well I KNOW how I got that big...I know what I did wrong...I literally tried to eat all my problems away. I binged when no one else was around. When everyone would go to bed, I'd sneak back downstairs and raid the pantry...eating cookies, chocolates, bowls of cereal, sandwiches, anything. Within one summer I had gained 45 pounds...45 pounds in three months! It has taken a long time to get my thinking straight. It has not been an easy journey at all up to this point. Even though I am still on my journey, I still have little struggles along the way...losing weight has probably been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I still have depression issues, but I don't go to food anymore. I instead do something else....I paint my nails, talk to a friend, take a walk, or something else to keep my mind busy. I started out having to lose 110 pounds...I only have 40 more to go...40!! I can't believe how little I have left to go! I don't want to be a toothpick or be "skinny"...I want to be lean and healthy. So don't ever let people tell you that food can't be an addiction...or that obesity is not a real IS real.

This is taken from
Obesity is a significant health threat. The extra weight puts added stress on all parts of your body.

Medical problems commonly resulting from untreated obesity and morbid obesity include:

•Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
•High blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke
•Obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
•Certain cancers, including breast and colon

Whenever I am out, I notice how many overweight people there are and I wish I could reach out to everyone of them and help them out...let them know that losing weight CAN be done. I feel sad to think about how they must feel everyday...waking up to body aches...headaches...getting out of breath just walking up a few stairs. The rising amount of overweight people is it is now affecting children too!

Childhood obesity is also becoming a rising problem. There are so many children who are getting diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes becauase of weight :( There are children with heart disease, sleep apnea, depression, high blood pressure. How would you feel having to put your 8 year old on high blood pressure medication? Childhood obesity is even more serious than adulthood obesity. We have to fight for these kid's lives. Next time you're out at the store, take a look at the cookies you buy there high fructose corn syrup? Hydrogenated oils? other ingredients you can't even pronounce? Well guess what...they aren't doing your kid any favors! Give your kids fresh fruit for dessert...there are so many delicious and juicy fruits available out there! If you are going to give your kids a treat once in a while, go to your local health food store and get the products there! Annie's products are wonderful! There are many other wonderful products that are healthy, nutritious treats for your children as's some brands, just to name a few:
-Clif for Kid's
-Organic Kettle Valley
-Back to Nature
-and my favorite: Yummy Earth

There are so many other brands out there, but these are great to start with. Also, if your child is 'diagnosed' with ADD or ADHD...try changing their diet before putting them on any medication. Medication IS NOT healthy! Most of the time, kid's just need more Omega's in their diet!! (Omega 3, 6, and 9). Animal Parade has a great Omega vitamin for kids (they taste lemony!)...they are about $22.00 at the store...but think about how much that'll save you versus hundreds of dollars on medication! Also, make sure they don't have a food allergy...gluten allergy is very common in kids. High Fructose Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Sucralose, all that crap also makes any ADD/ADHD problems 10 times worse!! Do your kids a favor and stop buying processed them healthy, nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals. And don't use that excuse, "well they just don't like it"...Have you really given them an option? I guarantee once it's out of the house, they won't miss it. Especially when they have amazing tasting treats that won't hurt their body.

Another thing...try to buy organic as much as possible. Pesticides are designed to kill bugs, and sometimes they kill small you really want that inside your kid's and your own body? If it can kill bugs and small animals...think about what it's doing to your insides. Apples are one of the worst when it comes to pesticides! Buy organic whenever you can! If you really can't afford to make that only one major thing organic (such as apples since they are the worst). Bananas don't need to be bought organic unless you plan on eating the peel...same with oranges, lemons, limes, etc.


Find a fun activity to do with your kids...plant a veggie garden, go for a bike ride, take them to the park, go swimming, dance around your house with loud (fun) music, get involved in their lives. Check out the lunch program at your kid's school...see what your kid is eating for lunch...I guarantee you won't be happy...not to mention they only get 5-10 minutes to eat...sometimes less if they are the last kid in line. This is so sad. We need to stand together and fight for these kids to have a good life! Turn off the video games/ipods/computer/etc and play a board game with them and the rest of the family...they will not only enjoy it, but they will love spending time with you.

Here is a recipe to try with your kids (taken from:

Cider Shortbread Cookies
Ingredients: (use organic whenever possible!)

1 cup melted butter
1 cup blue agave syrup (or honey)
2 eggs
1 tsp. Simply Organic vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. Simply Organic Mulling Spice
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. baking powder
Plastic wrap

1.In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, agave, eggs and vanilla together.
2.In a spice or coffee grinder, grind Mulling Spice to a coarse powder.
3.Sift out any larger pieces and then whisk powder into cream mixture.
4.Slowly add flour and baking powder, stirring constantly until completely blended.
5.Divide dough into 4 equal parts.
6.Roll each section into a cylinder approximately 10 inches in length by 1 ½ inches in diameter.
7.Wrap in plastic and refrigerate a minimum of 1 hour.
8.When ready, preheat oven to 350°F, slice dough into ¼ inch rounds, place on cookie sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden on top.
Servings: 48 cookies

Note: Dough can be frozen and saved to be used at a later time. Thaw 15 to 20 minutes before slicing and baking. Frost as you would sugar cookies for a sweeter treat.

Nutrition Facts: As prepared, each serving contains 190 calories, 8 g of fat, 40 mg of cholesterol, 115 mg of sodium, 27 g of carbohydrates and 3 g of protein.

That is all I'm writing for now!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


ME BEFORE: June 2008, October 2008 and January 2010

Me as of May 25, 2010

Positive Affirmations

Okay, so this may be a bit more personal. I am only posting this because I feel I need to be reminded of this (since I have been having that nagging negative voice lately).

I workout hard 5-6 days a week.
I eat healthily.
I am losing weight.
I am buying smaller clothes.
I am more confident.
I am excited about clothes shopping.
My body is changing dramatically.
I crave healthier foods.


Okay...I am SOOOO incredibly sore from yesterday's workout but I am so happy I did it!! :) I worked EVERYTHING...I started with the lower body and worked myself all the way up to my shoulders. My stomach is the most sore part of my body right now though lol ;)
Today I will be working out again just as hard. I am not letting my pleurisy problem stop me from getting my weight lifting/strength training in! (Even if my chest feels like it is on fire and I can't breathe because of it!) Plus I have a killer cardio today as well! :)

I am still determined to lose at least 10 pounds by my birthday! (June 26)...maybe that's unrealistic, I don't know...but I know I really would love to lose that!

As far as my weight is concerned, I really only want to lose another 30-40 pounds...which seems so much more in reach than what I originally started at (Needing to lose 100+) With almost 70 pounds lost, I know I can do it and I can't keep talking to myself negatively!

Well I'm off to go eat breakfast now! Will be updating again later :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quote of the Morning

Okay, so I haven't done any quotes in quite some time....I found this one and really liked it:

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." ~Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's been one year already :( May 22

Grandma, it's been one year since you passed away. I miss you and love you so much. I wish you were still here with all of us, but I know that you are watching over us and no longer in pain. I love you Grandma!

Love Always,


Thursday, May 20, 2010

I know I've been missing for a while...

I am way overdue for an update! I have been so busy with everything that has been going on! I am still trying to get caught up with orders and have been trying to get everything back into a semi-good order around the house. These past couple of months have been pretty hard on my family and me and this weekend is going to be extremely hard as well. As most of you know, my grandma passed away May 22, 2009...this weekend it will be 1 year since she passed from lung cancer :( Needless to say, this week so far has brought up many emotions and I've been feeling quite stressed...but trying to handle it.

I have also been working on a new store; This store is more-so for OOAK hair falls and weird/kooky/creepy/fun/etc. accessories. 10% of the money from this store goes to the American Cancer Society (and my original store 2ladiescharitybakers is still 100% to the American Cancer Society). I'm hoping that my team and myself can raise $500 (or more!) for the American Cancer Society! The relay is getting so close!

I am also going to be starting a walk for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in memory of Thea. This will be taking place sometime in the summer of 2011.

As far as anything else...I've lost 2 pounds and am really happy about that. I've been having help from Gillian McKeith...some of you might know her as the gritty, no-nonsense nutrtion person from the BBC's "you are what you eat" far her meal plan has been working wonders and it's only been a few days! I feel so much better, and my energy was even up a bit today. I definitely am NOT starving...I have noticed her eating plans have changed a lot since she first began with the show, her eating plans seem much healthier. :) My weight has been plateauing a lot lately and it's been so frustrating! But losing these 2 pounds has made me feel a lot better. My mom also bought me some early birthday gifts...I got 2 really cute dresses and a really cute well as some jewelry and a cute hat to match :) I will have to take pictures soon!

Take Care Everyone!

I hope to write more often now!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Okay, I have to rant!

I am participating in the relay for life as most you know by now and I have to get some stuff off my chest (nothing bad about the relay or the ACS!)

I put an ACS Relay for Life donation can at my sister's school...and the secretary told us she would put the can in the teacher's lounge. Now I wasn't expecting that much, maybe a few dollars...but when I went to pick up the can (A MONTH LATER) there was absolutely NOTHING in there...not even a penny!!!! I couldn't believe it. I help the school out SO much...I am there helping at the christmas parties, I help out the teachers, my mom and I give goodies for class parties, we chaperone for field trips, we have helped whenever the school has asked, and NOT ONE PERSON donated a lousy penny! I mean you find pennies lying on the sidewalk, in the street, everywhere! Nobody could just pop a penny in there? I was furious...I am sorry, but I cannot help it!

Then...another thing that aggravates me...the silent auction I was supposed to have. I had literally over 20 people contact me to tell me they were going to donate things...and I have only recieved 5 of the items...I have tried to contact the other people who were supposed to send items...and nobody writes me back. I think this is very sad...I mean the money that was going to be made from the silent auction was going to help the American Cancer Society (100% of the money!).

Then I have been having trouble with "scam" conversations on etsy. I have had 2 people contact me and had me post a reserved listing (the first was for 10 dozen cookies for this woman's daughter's bday party...the second was for 2 dozen cupcakes and 2 mini loaves of bread)...and then when I'd post the listing, they wouldn't buy I would go to write them and find out they weren't even on etsy anymore.

I do want to give everyone who has purchased from my store a HUGE THANK YOU for being supportive and for sharing their very touching stories with me. :) If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have been able to raise the money I did for the American Cancer Society and Team Hole in the Wall. Much love to you all!

But I also want to ask, why aren't there more good hearted, honest people out there?

That is the end of my rant for now.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Sunday, April 25, 2010


Today has been a tiring day since the moment I woke up. I woke up with a horrible kink in my neck and back...and now I have to sit here at the desk and study for the whole day since I have my college placement tests tomorrow. I know as far as math goes, I am going to do badly...math is my worst subject. I am confident about the other tests though.

Today my goals for working out are: Pilates this morning with yoga. This afternoon I am doing Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 3 and Turbo Jam. I had to put off P90X until next month because of my chest...but I really can't wait to begin it!

I have been getting asked what I eat during the day...well here is what I had for breakfast:

5.3 oz of Strawberry Greek Yogurt
1/4 C Bear Naked Vanilla Almond Crunch Fit Granola
1 Whole grain english muffin
1 tsp Smart Balance Omega on my english muffin

Yum! Plus, Bear Naked Granola is 100% pure and natural! There are NO artificial colors, flavors, cholesterol, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, or trans fats!

I also found out something horrifying about shredded cheese...the preservative in there is derived from formaldehyde!! Check out the see where it says preservatives? Since it's such a small amount, it is not required that food manufacturers add it to the instead they are allowed to just say, "preservatives". Real cheese (blocked cheese) is the best if you have a cheese craving....just grate it yourself!

Here's a great recipe for a yogurt parfait:

1 (5.3 oz) Greek Yogurt (plain or vanilla) (or if your vegan...try silk yogurt!)
2 tbsp. Bear Naked Granola
1/4 C Blackberries
1/4 C Blueberries
1/4 C Strawberries
1 Small Dash cinnamon (optional)
1 tbsp. slivered almonds

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl! Enjoy! Great amount of protein and antioxidants to start your day off right!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I haven't wrote on here in a while...

My aunt passed away last saturday and it has been very hard on my family and me. I went to her wake and funeral this past week. This whole week has been extremely difficult to get through and I have just been feeling really sad :( Also, on top of everything, my brother had his appendix removed which was scary as well...but he is recovering very nicely. My Thea (greek for Aunt) was a wonderful lady and I will miss her very much. RIP 'Thea' Annetta Sarpos :( In memory of Thea, my family and I are organizing a walk for next summer (2011) for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation...more details on that soon!

Also, another name to add to people lost this month...Peter of my favorite musicians (he was the singer of Type O Negative).

As far as pleurisy is not getting any better and today I have had bad chest pains. It is just getting even more aggravated by the fact that I have begun weight lifting again (I had to take a small break because I couldn't breathe due to the pain from putting strain on my chest). Not to mention I have to inhale deeply every few minutes which makes me sound like I am annoyed I have been having to explain that I am not sighing or is just difficult to breathe! I am just taking that one step at a time...I know it will eventually go away and everything will go back to normal (hopefully!) Other than the pleurisy acting up, I have been feeling okay (physically).

My mom bought me this really nice food/exercise journal at Barnes and Noble today...I thought that was really nice of her :) Thanks mom!

Well I can't think of more to say at the moment (without repeating myself)

Take care...hope everyone has a good weekend

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Update on my Thea :(

I have an update: I have been told that my aunt isn't going to make it. She will only live 24-48 hours while on life support...but if they take her off, she will live for less than 24 hours. The bleeding is so horrible in her brain that it is causing the left and right side of the brain to squeeze together. The blood is starting to pool in her brain stem as well. There is nothing more the doctors can do. I am so upset right now I can't even handle it. Please keep my family in your thoughts. Thanks to everyone who has sent messages and support to my family today

My Thea Annette

Everyone, I need your help...please keep my aunt in your thoughts. Last night my aunt was found unresponsive and had very shallow breathing. She was rushed into the hospital and the doctors found that she had an aneurysm that ruptured in her brain. She has massive bleeding in her head and her brain is so swollen that it is pushing against the left side of her skull. They predict that it happened Friday night. Right now, she is on life support...there is still a 1% chance that she could survive, and that 1% means that there IS a chance!! Please keep her in your thoughts today. :(
I JUST recieved an update on my aunt: she had two breaths above the machine that are her own...and a small amount of brain activity! We're told not to get our hopes up...but this is a dramatic improvement! It sounds like she is fighting to try and live. I am not giving up hope!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Relay for Life Meeting

I attended the Relay for Life meeting yesterday and it was amazing (as always). I learned a lot, as I usually do :)

At the end of the meeting, they were showing us how our money goes to help the American Cancer Society with research. They brought in these lung models (which are used to educate children and adults about the dangers of smoking). One lung was pink and healthy, the other was black and had nodules all over it. It was pretty scary! Then there were these was filled with this tarish substance and the other had greenish stuff (which I found out was flem..ew!) But the tarish jar was filled quite high and the question was, "how many cigarettes would you have to smoke for a whole year to get this effect in your lungs?" It was only half a pack a day!! Then the flem in the jar was how much flem a smoker coughs up in a year! I have never smoked anyway, but after seeing that, I really clenched the NO SMOKING policy! My grandma died from lung cancer and I can only imagine her lungs must've looked similar :( It was a sad truth.

If you go to, you can look up all different types of cancer. Take a swing by the lung cancer sections and check them out. You will see different diagrams and get a picture of what lung cancer really is.

But just in case you don't check out the website...I will share a picture with all of you...

If you know someone who smokes, please help them quit. If you smoke, please quit. NO ONE is immune to lung cancer! I have lost my grandma to stage 4 lung cancer. Don't go around thinking you are superman (or superwoman)...your lungs will look like that as well, if they don't already. Also, by your smoking, you are putting other people in danger. Just put it out, walk away from the cigarette and NEVER look back!

If you need more help to quit smoking, I urge you to go to the American Cancer Society's website:

Thank you for reading xo

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gia's Bowtique

I just recieved my mail and I got the package from Gia's Bowtique for my silent auctions. Her bows are beautiful!

This is the link to her store:

You should check her store out!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Free Mini Dessert Bread to all who...

Hi again!

Ugh, today has been such a busy day! I have been running around nonstop. So, to make things fun and interesting, I figured I'd offer up a little something fun for everyone!

If anyone donates $5 or more to my March for Babies team or Team Hole in the Wall, I will send you a FREE mini loaf of dessert bread (will be ONE of the following: blueberry, banana, mixed berry, pistachio, or lemon!) (FREE Shipping as well :p )

If anyone donates $10 or more to my Relay for Life team, I will send you a FREE mini loaf of dessert bread (will be ONE of the following: blueberry, banana, mixed berry, pistachio, or lemon!) as well! (Free shipping as well of course! :p )

March for Babies:

Team Hole in the Wall:

Relay for Life:

Be sure to check out the sites to read my personal story as well as find out how these amazing places help people and their families!


So far I have recieved two of the silent auction packages in the mail and all I can say is WOW!! The items are so gorgeous!

Thank you so much (so far!) to:


Suwanee's Adornments

Be sure to check them out! They both have amazing stores! :)

Thank you so much!

Sunday, April 4, 2010


My Easter went really well and I'm so happy for that! This past week has been so stressful with everything that has been going on and today just ended my weekend perfectly! It was a beautiful day today, I got to spend time with my grandparents, and then I went to dinner with my boyfriend to his parents house.

Also: I am on a poll to become Shop of the week! Will you please vote for my store? 2ladiescharitybakers is my store! :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter/Weekend!


Saturday, April 3, 2010


Happy Easter Everyone!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yesterday was scary!

I had a very good night last night on Etsy which really helped brighten my night, especially after having quite a scare at the doctors...but all is okay now!

I went into the emergency room yesterday afternoon after having a really hard time breathing. I was tested for everything from non-hodgkin's lymphoma to having a heart attack to blood clots. I was so terrified!! :( I went throught a CT scan with contrast, blood work, chest X-ray and an ultrasound...I don't think I've ever been so scared in my life!! :(

Well 7 hours later, they didn't find anything bad (thank God!!), but I do have Pleurisy. Here's what is basically is: "Pleurisy occurs when the double membrane (pleura) that lines your chest cavity and surrounds each of your lungs becomes inflamed. Also called pleuritis, pleurisy typically causes sharp pain, almost always when you take a breath." -Taken from the Mayo Clinic online. The wall of my heart is also a little inflamed as well...AND I have exercise induced fun fun! But at least it's nothing really serious. Just thinking that I could have cancer, or a heart attack...or even a blood clot...that was scary :( And I now know how people feel when they are going in to get tested for all of that. It is such a stressful experience and I never want to have to go through all that again. If you know of anyone who is going in for testing...go with them so they have some support.

That is all for now.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Went away for the weekend..and now I'm back!

I went away with my family for the weekend and now I'm back home :) It was great to spend quality time with them! We went swimming all day yesterday and had a blast. We also celebrated my brother's birthday while we were away.

As soon as I got back home, I was so happy to find that I had a couple conversations from 2 people on Etsy who are going to be donating items to my silent auction baskets! That makes 7 so far! I am so grateful!

Here's who's contributing so far:


I just wanted to give a big thank you to them :)

I also wanted to thank all the people who have been sharing their own personal stories with me. It is amazing to see how cancer has affected so many people. I wish I could give you all hugs. To everyone who has shared their personal story with me, I just want to say that it means a lot to me.

I am going to go for now, hope everyone's weekend went great!

Hugs to all!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Well it's finally friday and it's also my brother's birthday today. This week has literally just flew by! But getting back to my brother's birthday, since the American Cancer Society is creating a world with more birthdays, I am celebrating by giving away a free treat with every purchase from my store! It's kind of like my Happy Birthday to everyone in a way.

I am celebrating my birthday by doing the Relay for Life (it's on June 26th which is actually my birthday). I am also making a huge banner for our campsite. I have already about 11-12 names I am going to be writing on there. If you want your loved one's name on the banner, let me know. The banner is going to have two Honor of and in Memory of.

The relay is only 92 days away!!

But before I go...I must rant...
Unfortunately, I am not feeling the greatest at all today. My chest is hurting more than ever today...ugh, I am so done with this stupid injury!!! :(

Thursday, March 25, 2010

WOO!! The scale numbers made me happy this morning!

Well I stepped on the scale this morning with tons of dread in my stomach, but to my surprise I have lost 2 more pounds!! I was so excited!! I have been having a difficult time working out with my chest injury, but losing 2 pounds made me so happy. I keep checking out my goal jeans hanging up in my laundry room...wishing I could wear them now, but I'm hoping I'll be able to wear them by fall. They are my first pair of real skinny jeans :) I bought them a LONG time ago when I was still at my heaviest...but with about 65 pounds lost, I can actually pull them up now! I am so excited about that...even though it makes me sound like a dork haha :)

Well that's all my updating for now, I will update again later! I am going to be working out soon :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What does the Relay for Life mean to you?

I get asked this question a lot. The Relay for Life means everything to me. I am relaying because of all the loved ones I have known who have battled cancer (and some have lost that battle).

In November 2008, my grandma was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer (the cancer had spread into her spine). I was quite shocked to find out the news and we were all very upset. Her health began to deteriorate pretty quickly and the last time I was able to see her doing pretty well was during Thanksgiving that year. In May, she came down with an infection from pneumonia and was put into the hospital. I called her on the phone and that was the last time I was able to actually have a conversation with her. Just a week later, she got even worse and was put into the ICU. My family and I went to go and visit with her. She was awake just a couple minutes when my dad, my uncle and I were able to go into her room to visit, but those couple of minutes meant the world to me. She fell asleep and stayed asleep the rest of the time. Late that night was transferred to a hospice and we were all told she wouldn't make it through the night...but she did until the following evening. We were with her at the hospice. There was a time when my mom, my aunt and I were alone with her and we all talked to her...even though she was asleep, I knew she was listening. It was so hard watching her suffer to try and breathe. My mom and I left that afternoon, and just a couple hours later we got the phone call that she had passed away.

My grandma passed away on May 22, 2009. She was only 60 years old.

I have also lost my best friend's mom (who was like another mom to me) to brain cancer.

I have two tattoos in memory of both of them, I loved them both so much.
My best friend's dad is now going through stage 4 lung cancer as well. He is doing pretty well right now for himself and we visit with him and my best friend as much as we can.

My other best friend lost his father in December of 2008.

My grandma (my mom's mom) had non-hodgkins lymphoma but is a survivor.
My aunt had ovarian cancer but is also a survivor.

My mom lost her dad and her grandpa both to cancer when she was just a little girl.

Cancer has surrounded my family and friends and I am SICK AND TIRED OF IT!!!

These are the reasons why I am relaying.

Working out yesterday

Well I was able to do my Turbo Kick workout last night and I'm so thrilled I was able too! I was in trouble, though, when it got down to doing pushups...I felt like a fire started across my chest and I couldn't breathe. So I modified them greatly by going to my knees and just doing "shallow" pushups. I felt great that I was able to push through the workout and do it!

Also, I would love to thank Jean May Originals' blog for posting my Easter Egg Hunt Sugar Cookies!!

That truly means a lot to me! :)

Well I am going to get some breakfast now, I will be posting more throughout the day!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010



I am hosting 2 silent auctions. The first silent auction will be for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The second auction will be on behalf of Team Hole in the Wall...for more information on both, just go to my store and read my shop announcement :)

These silent auctions will be hosted on May 1st (For the American Cancer Society) and May 15th (On behalf of Team Hole in the Wall).

I am making two baskets for each event (so 4 baskets total) and am already in the process of contacting businesses around where I live to also donate items to these baskets.

I am donating edible chocolate "floral" arrangements (2 dozen dark and milk chocolate rose bouquets) to each basket.

I am looking for anyone else who would like to donate any items to these baskets? It doesn't have to big or expensive.

Also, there are going to be A LOT of people (AT LEAST 200-300..AND THERE ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE EVEN MORE THAN THAT) at these two events!! So feel free to send some business cards with your items...I will pass them out to EVERYONE!!

I would like to have at least 30 different things (in total from everywhere...not just from one place) in each if you can donate anything at all, please let me know!

I would need the items by April 24th for the American Cancer Society and May 11th for Team Hole in the Wall.

Just let me know which one you would like to donate too...this is very much appreciated!!

Thank you so much!!

New Yummy Goodies!!

I have been so busy today trying to come up with some new goodies for you!

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On a fitness note...
I have to go jogging today, but my chest is hurting so bad from the tear :( I just hope I'll be able to jog without too much of a problem. Injuries are never fun...I just wish it would heal faster!! I'm so frustrated to not be able to do any heavy strength training like I had been doing.

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Silent Auctions!

I am hosting 2 silent auctions. The first silent auction will be for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The second auction will be on behalf of Team Hole in the Wall...for more information on both, just go to my store and read my shop announcement :)

These silent auctions will be hosted on May 1st (For the American Cancer Society) and May 15th (On behalf of Team Hole in the Wall).

I am making two baskets for each event (so 4 baskets total) and am already in the process of contacting businesses around where I live to also donate items to these baskets.

I am donating edible chocolate "floral" arrangements (2 dozen dark and milk chocolate rose bouquets) to each basket.

I am looking for anyone else who would like to donate any items to these baskets? It doesn't have to big or expensive.

I am looking for anything from: accessories, candles, soaps, certificates, jewelry, or anything else you would like to donate!

Also, there are going to be A LOT of people at these two events!! So feel free to send some business cards with your items...I will pass them out to EVERYONE!!

I would like to have at least 30 different things in each if you can donate anything at all, please let me know!

I would need the items by April 24th for the American Cancer Society and May 11th for Team Hole in the Wall.

Just let me know which one you would like to donate too...this is very much appreciated!!

Thank you so much!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Well today is a lot more beautiful than yesterday! The sun is shining and I can hear birds chirping...yesterday was cold and snowy...ugh.

Today I worked out on the bike and went 13.48 miles in 60 minutes...burned 300 calories doing so as well...made sure my resistance was well up there. Since I have to take a break from doing anything really with my arms (due to my chest injury) I figured I'd just keep biking and jogging. I can still lift some weights, but it has to be very low weight (like 3-5 pounds..!!...I was using 15 and 20 pounds!!). I tore the cartilage in my chest...isn't that just dandy >_<>

This morning for breakfast I had 1 Cup of multigrain cheerios, half a banana and 1/2 Cup of skim milk...yummy!! I love cheerios :D

I have had 5 sales in my online bakery too, I'm so happy! :) All the money is going towards the relay for life and the marathon!

Well that is all for now, going to go get ready since I am gonna go out today, yay! :)

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, March 19, 2010

It's been a while...

Sorry for the gap between postings, but I've been having some complications. I hurt my chest pretty bad and have been having a hard time breathing and doing my normal strength training...which is NOT ideal when training to run a marathon!

I have been training still and working out everyday though!

I have an etsy store now to sell baked goods for the Relay for Life and Team Hole in the Wall (This is for the marathon).

Yes, I know what you're all thinking...I sit at my computer and preach about healthy eating and all that, but I am selling sweet stuff?? Well, again, this is like my online bake sale for CHARITY...(I don't recall ever going to a steamed veggie sale).

I will be posting more soon...but before I's a look at a before picture of me and an "after-so far" picture of me. I still have some weight to lose, but I am smaller than I was!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Running 101

Let's just say that when I get into something, I go 100% and over-do it. I have so far read 3 books on running/racing and have more from the library...and that's just from this past week! I want to learn all I can about marathons, racing, running, etc. I'm starting to feel like a zombie already. I still can't believe I will be running a marathon in October...some people think I'm crazy!

Anyway though, I said I would keep a detailed record of all my experiences with training and things like that...

Monday: This was probably the hardest day. My shinsplints were killing me. I am not used to jogging for a long period of time like that...especially in the winter...I tend to hibernate and do my workouts indoors! Plus afterwards I came in and did Turbo Kick!

Tuesday: Another hard day...jogged/power walked hard. Then it was time to do ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 1. All I can say is my legs were screaming, "OUCH".

Wedensday: Trained a bit differently...1.5 miles...jogging/walking. I jogged 60 seconds, walked 60 seconds and so on. This was actually much easier on my legs, than what I had been doing Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday: This was my day off from outdoor activities...but I did do ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 2.

Today: Training the same as wedensday...with ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Intervals.

I've also been looking into different body lubes to try in the future (when I really start my jogging/sprinting training). These help to prevent far I have two at Dick's Sporting Goods...Cramer's and Bodyglide.

That is all for now...I will update more later

Monday, March 1, 2010

Okay, NEW Update!

Well, I have done...I have signed up for my first marathon! I did it for a good cause. I joined Team Hole in the Wall, which is a camp for kids who are seriously ill. I have to raise $1,500 (which is a small price compared to what that $1,500 is going towards!). I will be running the marathon on October 10, 2010...I have 8 months to train! I started my training today and yikes are my shins sore! I have ice on them now and they are elevated. I have had problems with shinsplints in the past, and unfortunately they are acting up again. I even made sure to stretch really well and I've been working out since early August. I guess my body isn't used to my feet hitting the pavement lol, it's been a while!

This blog has so far been about my weight loss journey, and now it's also going to be a part of my training journey!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quote and thoughts for the day

"What does not kill me, makes me stronger."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

This quote can hold many meanings to different people. I have repeated this quote to myself many times throughout my life...and it holds true...through every difficult obstacle I have had to overcome, I have come out stronger.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Quote of the morning

“If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” -Rosalyn Carter

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Quote of the morning and random thoughts

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” Stephen R. Covey

Ugh, being sick last weekend has really taken a toll on my exercise regimen. I feel so weak yet and tired all the time. I know this is just the after effects of being sick, but it irritates me! I want to push my hardest all the time and don't like not being able to do so. Hopefully things will get better!

As most of you know, my main programs for these past 7 months have been chaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Jam. I do these workouts for 2 reasons...the first being Chalene Johnson is a huge inspiration and always makes working out fun, and the second reason is because I am seeing such great results! I decided that since I am a beachbody coach, I should also try some new programs, just so I know the products that I'm offering. I am NOT EVER giving up my Turbo Jam, but after I am done with the ChaLEAN Extreme program I am going to try P90X. If all goes well and I am happy with my results so far...I will be starting P90X in April. No, this doesn't mean that I don't like Chalene Johnson, it is nothing like that. I just want to make sure that I can reach my full potential and I think by mixing up my workouts I will be able to do that. I have had a few people raise eyebrows at me for becoming a "traitor" (lol I am not even lying about that!), but I am always up for trying new things when it comes to exercise.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Quote of the morning

I have been so icky sick this past weekend :( But I am feeling better! :) (yay!) Here is the motivational quote:

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash

Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentine's Day Gifts

I know the typical Valentine's Day gift consists of red roses and gourmet milk chocolates, but there are other gifts available too choose from, and I'm going to give my advice on some great swaps that you can do to make V-Day more special and from the heart.

#1-a bouquet of roses. This is probably the most generic (and most sought after) gift for Valentine's day. Almost every guy in America get these for his significant other. It's become the trademark for this holiday. While most women love getting roses, why not try spicing it up a little? Instead of roses, get some beautiful orchids or lilies. Not only are these flowers gorgeous, they are also a great statement. Remember, although roses are thought of as THE ONLY romantic flower, has your significant other EVER complained when you brought home a bouquet of flowers that was something other than roses? Get original with your bouquet!

#2-Chocolates...heart boxes of chocolates. This year, do something different. Buy gourmet strawberries and dark chocolate and make chocolate covered strawberries. The possibilities are endless with fruit and chocolate. If your significant other is watching their calories...make it dark chocolate (it's not only tasty, but is full of antioxidants!)

Delicious Valentine Cupcakes with less saturated fat and calories

I was flipping through my new Prevention magazine and came across this delicious recipe! Yummy cupcakes that are made without any butter and saves on calories and sat. fat, compared with typical buttercream.

Now, these are NOT "healthy" for you and should only be enjoyed in moderation!

1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C water
1/2 C fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 C vegetable oil
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. instant coffee, dissolved in 2 Tbsp. hot water
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C + 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
2 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 C confectioners' sugar
2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)

1. HEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8 cups of a standard muffin tin or spray with oil.
2. MIX flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in bowl with fork.
3. COMBINE water, yogurt, oil, applesauce, egg white, coffee, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer until combined and smooth. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until smooth.
4. FILL muffin cups with batter. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center of each cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely.
5. BEAT cream, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl with electric mixer until thick and stiff. Stir in food coloring, if using. Spread about 2 tablespoons on top of each cupcake. If not serving immediately, store cupcakes in refrigerator.

NUTRITION (per serving):
356 Calories
5g protein
42g carbs
2g fiber
16.5g fat
6.5g sat. fat
251 mg. sodium

440 Calories
7g protein
40g carbs
4g dietary fiber
34g fat
16g sat. fat
170 mg. sodium

Motivational quote of the day

Motivational quote of the morning: "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills

This is totally true when it comes with losing weight and fitness...there are no magic pills or shortcuts, just hard work, fun, and determination! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My OMG moment that changed everything

I've done almost every program out there; the hot dog diet, slim fast, weight watchers, atkins, the cavewoman diet (close to atkins), the rice cake diet, etc. etc. I always lost weight...but then I'd go off the diet and gain it all back and more. When I first started high school, I was 145 pounds and I looked great...only I didn't realize it at the time. Everyone else I knew was smaller than me and I thought I was huge. My weight problem only got worse. Through my teen years, I gained and gained and gained, and I was oblivious to this fact (as crazy as it sounds!). I thought, "oh, I don't look so bad...I'm okay". Little did I know how heavy I really did look. I was in major denial. Even in my 20s I kept saying to myself...oh there are people who are heavier than you are, you aren't that big...even as I was huffing and puffing from just climbing a small set of stairs. I would walk across a store and feel like I was going to die because I was so out of breath and tired. AND STILL I was in denial. Then came my turning point last year when I reached for my size 22W pants and they were snug. I took them off, held them up and realized how big those pants actually were...then I realized (in horror) how big that must've meant I was...even more so considering they were snug! Then came the photos...I took out the family photo album and flipped through...and I couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't even recognize myself in the the photos I looked so heavy, I didn't want to believe that's how I really looked...I never saw myself that way in the mirror. I kept flipping through the album and the photos never changed...still the same, very heavy me, smiling and staring back. I shut the book and just cried. I stood up and walked over to the closet and got my favorite wrap dress out and put that on for comparison...and then I walked over to the full mirror and was horrified. I looked so big in the dress...I looked like a balloon with circular patterns. I immedietaly took the dress off and ripped through my clothes looking for something that looked remotely OK. I finally found a pair of jeans that I could get up and button (though still snug) and a very baggy shirt. I stopped looking in the mirror...except when I did my make up (and that was a very small mirror). My stepdad lost his job last spring and that was extremely hard. My mom and I just sat at our laptops all day long, eating, and looking for jobs for my stepdad. I lied to my friends and told them I was walking everyday...I was so ashamed of myself for becoming a sluggish lump. Then my stepdad got a job and the weight of the world was off my mom's and my shoulders. My mom and I looked at each other and we both were thinking the same thing...we NEED to get into shape! We then began working out with Turbo Jam and at first it was a challenge...I was very out of shape, but I stuck with the modified versions and got through. Then the workouts began to get a little better and I was adding more movement and really getting into it. I began losing weight and I started to feel better about myself. In december of 2009 I also added ChaLEAN Extreme into the mix and lost even more weight. I now have muscle definition in my arms and legs and have lost 50 pounds. My mom has also lost 50 pounds. I feel so much better about myself. I still have some ways to go with my weight loss journey, but I'm loving how I feel already. I have tons of energy and no longer feel as if I'm dying when I run up the stairs. I look forward to working out (something I never thought would happen). I'm also participating in the Relay for Life and in the pound for pound challenge. 2009 was such a hard year for me (my grandma passed away from lung cancer, my friend's dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, my stepdad lost his job, etc) that I feel like I was cheated out of a year of my life. Although I can't change my past, I know that I can change my future. 2010 is going to be the year that I push way past my comfort zone and really live.

My workout programs:
-ChaLEAN Extreme
-Turbo Jam
-Hip Hop Hustle
-Jogging (have to train for my relay!)

Workout programs I want to try:

Motivational quote of the morning and my goal list

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life."
-Greg Anderson

Since I have not really discussed this yet in my blog, I am going to list my goals:
[ ]Run/Jog most of my Relay for Life in June
[ ]Complete a triathlon in 3 years
[ ]Get to my goal weight (135-140) sometime in 2010
[ ]Feel better about myself
[ ]lose 30 pounds by my dad's wedding
[ ]Wear a bikini in spring/summer 2011
[ ]Do 12 bicep curls with 20 pounds
[ ]Do 12 squats with 50 pounds
[ ]Lose 50 pounds for the pound for pound challenge

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quote and thought of the day

"You don't realize how strong a person really is until you see them at their weakest moment." -Unknown Author

This is true when it comes to not only life, but health. Eating healthy and working out takes a certain type of strength. With runners doing a marathon, you see the look on their faces when they reach the point where they feel like they've got nothing left to give, but then in just a split moment they run like they've never run before. They dig deep inside themselves to find a certain inner strength to carry them through to the finish line.

I am an emotional eater and it takes everything inside of me to not reach for the chocolates when I'm feeling down. Once I realized I could walk away from something that had chained me down for so long, I felt like a different person. Some of you might giggle at this or be like what does this have to do with this quote? It was in my weakest moment that I realized my own inner strength.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quote for the morning

Quote for the morning: "If you can imagine it you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it." -William Arthur Ward

Monday, February 1, 2010

Recipe of the Day

This recipe is something I love to make when I need a sweet treat without breaking my calorie bank. If you love chocolate milk shakes, you will love this!


1 C of Chocolate Silk
1/2-1 banana (whichever is your preference)
1-2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter (Natural if you can!)
3-4 ice cubes (if you like to add more, feel free)

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend! Enjoy! This is so yummy! I makes this for the kids I babysit and they can't get enough.

Who I am

I am an independent beachbody coach and am making this blog to chronicle my daily thoughts, recipes, stories, etc!

Today's quote of the day:

"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine" -Lord Byron

I love this quote because it so true. Whenever I am feeling down, I look at something funny and suddenly I feel a bit better. Another good quote that is along the same lines as Lord Byron's is this, "The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed". Remember to always smile and laugh everyday!

Here's a really cute picture I found that I think will bring a smile to anyone's face!