I want you to join me on SparkPeople.com


Have you heard about SparkPeople.com? It’s the world’s largest healthy living website, providing members with free weight loss, nutrition and fitness tools and trackers.  I’m reaching my goals with their help and wanted to invite you to join me.

SparkPeople is free, fun, and full of resources that you’ll love:

  • Food Tracker and Calorie Counter and Meal Plans to help you understand how much (or little) nutrition you’re getting from your foods.
  • Personalized Fitness Plan and Exercise Videos that you can use to get and stay fit anywhere.
  • Mobile Apps to find healthy recipes and track your food and fitness on Android, iPhone or Blackberry.
  • Motivating Articles, Healthy Recipes, and Quick Fit Tips to help you learn about eating right, staying active and sticking to your goals.

I can’t wait to add you as a SparkFriend on  SparkPeople!

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2014 Goals

This is the last week of January so I’ve had plenty of time to think of what my personal resolutions goals are for 2014. I had to give enough time for the “new year, new you” phase to die down. Every new year marks the proclaimed new resolutions. I, however, like to set new goals. Sometimes big, others small, but always practical. As the past few years have provided opportunities for exploring new ventures, I am learning to make changes of my own in an effort to advance my growth, both personally and professionally.

This year, as with every other, I decided that I would to continue focusing on things that matter to me: faith, relationships, fitness, finances & fun.
I start my mornings with a daily devotional right on my iPhone or iPad with the YouVersion Bible app. My two current {& favorite} plans are “Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life” and “Parenting by Design”. I find both to be great in keeping me anchored in God’s word, to get me through the challenges of daily life as a woman, wife and mother.

With my husband’s current health situation (which is still undiagnosed) I am thankful to have the flexibility to be by his side through his many medical office visits. Aside from just being there for him, I want to strengthen our relationship by making time for regular date nights. Just because we are married and spend every waking moment together lately, doesn’t mean we can’t take time to plan and enjoy a date night. So I am going to commit to a date one night a month for starters. I’ll definitely be checking The Dating Divas for ideas.

I’ve always been involved with my children’s education and school activities as well as their own personal interests. With the Rainbow Loom craze being all the rage lately, we’ve been spending a lot of crafty time together. My husband and I showed them our childhood craze: plastic craft lace lanyards, also known as gimp or scoubidou, boondoggles, etc. They’ve really enjoyed being creative and I’ve enjoyed the quality time together. I plan on continuing to nurture their interests and I hope they enjoy these memories as much as I do.

As far as fitness goes, I started a regimen with my Wii using My Fitness Coach in December of 2012. I really liked the progress I was making as well as how personally tailored the program is to my needs. I noticed how my overall health and energy improved. Because things have changed a bit over the past few months, I have started using the 7-Minute Workout (High Intensity Training) app. Yup, right on my iPhone. So there’s no excuse to not get my workout in regardless of where I am. In 10 minutes max I’m warmed up, worked out, and cooled down. I was skeptical at first thinking the amount of time was too short or the exercises implemented weren’t working out all my muscles but trust me when I say, the next day I feel the burn. I do everything from planks, crunches, jogging in place, chair dips and more. I look forward to each new day’s routine so I can give my body an overall intense training.

I would like to get started on becoming debt free. Student loans continue to loom and I just want to have financial freedom. Some may think that’s a far fetched dream but I know it’s possible with commitment and financial management. I’ve begun to establish multiple streams of income through online marketing. Some methods include affiliate marketing, referral marketing and direct sales. I also complete surveys and receive compensation for my time. If you’re interested in earning extra cash, feel free to give it a try yourself! There is no obligation, you’ve got nothing to lose, and money to gain.

Enjoying the life I have is definitely an important part of my daily happiness. Tomorrow is never promised and I do my best to live one day at a time, enjoying the moments I’m blessed with. I look forward to fun every day with simple things such as a good reason to laugh, a quick game of Uno and just about anything that can be made fun. There will be weekends, birthdays and many activities throughout the year to have fun and I’m looking forward to it all.

I feel the photo below sums it all up quite well:


What resolutions goals have you set for 2014?
With the first month almost over, are you on track with your goals so far?

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read my blog!

Workout Wednesday

Spring is here! It’s hard to believe time is passing so quickly. Just about two months ago, on December 24, 2012 I made the choice to increase my physical activity to achieve a healthier state of physical being. Being consistent has proven to be beneficial physically and mentally.

Having been on a roller coaster ride with my workout routine, I decided I would stick with it no matter how much time I spent, whether 15 minutes or 45 minutes. I simply wanted to follow through. I started My Fitness Coach on my Wii game system and I was assessed to determine what area of my body would be the focus to strengthen and improve. After weighing myself, measuring my biceps, waist, hips and thighs, determining my resting and active heart rates and doing reps of squats, crunches and push ups, I was quite out of breath but feeling good. I entered a few more details, such as goals, and My Fitness Coach determined my area of focus would be upper body, which I was certainly in agreement with. The recommended schedule for consistent progress was shown as 45 minutes three days weekly, Monday-Wednesday-Friday.

And so my journey began. I have been consistent with my workout routine and have seen healthy progress. My weight is gradually increasing, which is good because my BMI (Body Mass Index) is considered underweight (5’6″ @ 113 lbs). It is a concern for me because after four pregnancies, my weight was at the lowest I’ve ever been since before high school, over twelve years ago. While so many pursue weight loss I’m working to put the pounds on. While many ask how do I look so good with three children, and I jokingly reply “I’m busy running after them all day”, the struggle proved to be frustrating mostly because I always maintained a weight above 135 lbs. Thankfully, and proudly, I have gained three pounds since beginning my workout commitment and am now 116 lbs. My goal is to get back to 135 lbs and maintain it. I know with the right attitude and consistent effort I will reach my goal.

I have learned fitness is a state of being and a state of mind. I feel stronger, leaner, healthier, more confident, self-disciplined and energetic. Keeping up with a family of five (seven on weekends), having energy is a necessity. Through it all I challenge myself to push a little more and work a little harder. I am learning that a commitment to myself is all I need to achieve success. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13


What types of exercise do you enjoy?