WooHoo! Savanna!

WooHoo to Savanna of Savvy & Sweet! :)

Today’s WooHoo story is Savanna! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Congratulations on meeting your goals, Savanna, and be sure to check back in after your 25k!

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Savanna: I’m a 26 year old wife, mother, dog-owner, blogger at Savvy & Sweet, and employed full-time in the non-profit sector. I love the outdoors, working with people, making connections, and organizing things. I’ve officially been a mom for a full year now!

FtoH: What was your starting weight? Savanna: Pre-pregnancy I weighed 145 lbs- a good, constant weight for my 5’9″ frame that I maintained since high school. By the day of my delivery, I weighed approximately 195 lbs, giving me a 50 lb weight gain from throughout my pregnancy.

FtoH: What was your goal weight? Savanna: Even at the beginning of my pregnancy, I

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Healthy Sloppy Joes Recipe

Getting a Sloppy Joe before breakfast makes The Husband happy

Tonight for dinner we are eating sloppy joes. This recipe is not completely clean, though I still think it is healthy. And it is very versatile, change it up any way you want!

First I started with some veggies, diced up (except the carrot, which was shredded). I used onion (this should be a large onion. I forgot to buy them, and only had one small one left in the pantry. oops!), red pepper, celery, garlic, and carrot. This is easy to change as you desire. Add more veggies, cut some out completely, change the red pepper for green, use onion or garlic powder instead of fresh. I just looked in my fridge and used what I had on hand.

In a large skillet I melted a tsp or so of coconut oil,

and cooked the veggies on medium heat  for

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I AM A WRITER! (or Artificial Motivation via Support)

Having the willpower to write through a motivating support system.

Way back when I was in school (almost 15 years ago!) I was a writer. I took every writing class I could. As a junior, I took a college level writing class, and was the only one in the class who received an A. I still have the papers I wrote for that class. When I was in junior high I took a writing class called Artists and Authors, and had the chance to publish a book. I still have that as well.

But that was then. Ever since I finished school I have said, “I am not a writer”. The husband has read some of the stuff I wrote in school, and has been telling me for several years now that I should start a blog. My answer was “I am not a writer”. I still feel like I’m not a

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Heavy Breathing of a Distracted Cardio Instructor

Distracted Cardio Instructor (Dulcinea Lee Hellings) Breathing Heavy

I have had a really hard time writing this review. I don’t like to say anything bad about anyone. I try to always be kind, and polite. But as I’ve thought about it, I’ve realized that if I write only GOOD reviews, then maybe I won’t be as credible. So when I find a workout that isn’t great, I still need to let you know about it. That way you can decide for yourself, and we can all be happy. Right?

So I did the workout ‘Cardio Insanity with Dulcinea Lee Hellings’ earlier in the week. First I want to say that it is a GREAT workout for someone at my fitness level. She did 4 rounds of 3-4 different cardio moves. Some of them were easy, like the butt kicks. Some were too advanced for me, like the tuck jumps. By the

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Apple Juice: Three Way Comparison

Comparison between three Apple Juices

Last week while I was grocery shopping I noticed that “Simply Apple” juice was on sale, so I bought a bottle. The Husband used to buy their grapefruit one often, but it’s been a long time. Anyway.

I decided to run a little test. While at the store I also bought a can of frozen apple juice concentrate, and a 3 pound bag of red delicious apples.

I came home and made the frozen juice.

And then I poured the simply juice into a jar.

Then I got out the juicer and juiced the entire bag of apples.

Notice a difference? Let’s put them side by side and compare.

Which one would you want to drink? I also put a pencil behind the frozen and juiced to show just how clear the frozen is.

I tasted all three. The

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WooHoo! Nancy!

Nancy on her Bike

Today’s WooHoo story is my friend Nancy. Thank you for sharing your story with us and congratulations on all your progress, Nancy! I want to ask readers to pay extra attention to her parting words – such a valuable perspective

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about you? Nancy: I am a 39 yr old working mother of 2. I currently am a nanny for my adorable twin niece and nephew. When I was young I was an athlete and I let life get in the way of living and let myself get very out of shape and technically obese.   FtoH: What was your starting weight and height? Nancy: 237 lbs and I am 5’9″

FtoH: What was your goal weight? Nancy: I am shooting for about 160, but truly just want to be healthy and happy with myself in the mirror!

FtoH:

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Homemade Teriyaki Recipe – Simple, Healthy, Good :)

Teriyaki Recipe - Simple, Healthy, Good :)

I don’t know about you, but I love teriyaki. I love it for stir fry. I love it for marinade. Sometimes I even mix a bit of it with cabbage and use it as a dressing (I know, I’m a bit odd). Imagine my horror when I started to clean up my eating and reached for my favorite bottle of teriyaki at the store. This is what I found in the ingredients:

Naturally brewed soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), wine, high fructose corn syrup, water, vinegar, salt, spices, onion powder, succinic acid, garlic powder, sodium benzoate: less than 1/10 of 1% as a preservative.

sigh. I moved to the next bottle, a new brand. Basically the same thing. High fructose corn syrup was high on the list. On to the next. HFCS was FIRST on the list. I checked every brand in the

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Turning 30 and a Motivation Checkup

Motivation Checkup before Working Out

As I am sitting down on this beautiful Monday morning to write about motivation, I am finding that I have none. Yesterday was my 30th birthday. I had a fantastic day! But health-wise it was not so great…

Cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Good thing they were made from scratch, with no yucky stuff in them. Chinese buffet with a tall Coke for lunch. It was SO good. And yet, kinda gross at the same time. After a while, even the cheat meals that I look forward to aren’t as good as they once were. For dinner I made a homemade Italian Wedding Soup. It was so good! My birthday dessert was a homemade cheesecake with blueberry sauce, made by The Husband. It was sooo good! And to finish the day off, a bit too much wine. I’ll only turn 30 once, right?

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Pushing through a Hard Week with Firm Support

Push Hard with Support

I know this is supposed to be Fitness Friday, but like I said yesterday, this has been a hard week. I haven’t tried anything new this week, so I have nothing to review for you. I hope you are okay with that.

When I began this journey I knew that there would be hard days, and that I would need to push through them… I did not realize there would be hard weeks. I’ve learned something this week, though.

I am so capable. Even things I thought I couldn’t do. I can. When it is 9 pm and my eyes are heavy from my long day and my pillow is calling my name… I can still choose to workout. This happened not once, but twice this week. Remember when I said that I needed to work out right away in the morning or it

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Sipping Dirt (or Busy Apple Beet Juice)

Dirty Produce

This week has been a long week. Busy Boy has been sick with a cold for the past couple of days. I’ve been feeling a bit down as well. Some friends are remodeling their kitchen, so we have been trying to help them out when we can, and have had their kids at our house quite a bit (because who wants kids in a house where construction is going on?). My knees and ankles are back to hurting again, so no running. And it’s been freezing outside, so I wouldn’t want to be out there running anyway. Everything just keeps adding up. I was supposed to go to the grocery store on Tuesday, but life was busy on Tuesday and it didn’t happen.

So all day today (Wednesday) I have been trying to figure out what to write about for Thirsty Thursday. I wasn’t

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WooHoo! Darrell!

Darrell After

Today’s WooHoo! story features the husband of a dear friend of mine. Even though I know it is mostly ladies who read this, I know that we will make him feel welcome! Congratulations, Darrell, on losing 50 pounds! We are so happy for you, and so thankful that you have taken your time to share with us!

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about you? Darrell:I’m 48 years old. I’ve worked for an eyeglass lens manufacturer for almost 24 years.   FtoH: What was your starting weight? Darrell: My starting weight was 227 pounds

FtoH: What was your goal weight? Darrell: To get my BMI down to near more normal, my goal is to weigh about 160 pounds. I’m 5’7″

FtoH: What eating plan did you use (for example: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Self, etc)? Darrell: I signed up for Weight Watchers Online.

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Easter Candy as the Right Choice

Easter Candy as the Right Choice

On Sunday my kids were given Easter baskets full of the “traditional” Easter candy. Chocolate bunny? Check. Jelly beans? Check. M&Ms. Chocolate eggs. Peanut butter eggs. Sour patch jelly beans. Why would someone who eats clean, and usually stays far from this stuff, let her kids have it? And not only have it, but have a LOT of it?

The first thing I want to say is that this is the only candy my kids will get until the next holiday (which is 4th of July. They will get candy from the parade we always go to.) My kids know this. They know that this candy has to last, because it’s all they are going to get.

On our fireplace mantle each of our kids has a bucket. The Husband’s aunt has bought them for the kids, and they are great! They have

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Woman vs Wind (or Snotty Mess with a 3 Kid Carry)

Self Discipline is Bridge to Goals

 

For the last few weeks, since I began running, my kids have been asking to go with me. Normally I run during nap-time. The Husband works at home, so he can just open his office door to hear if there is an emergency. The kids are always asleep, and it only takes me about ½ an hour, so I’m always back before they wake up. It works well for us. Anyway.

The kids keep asking to ride their bikes while I run, so on Saturday I convinced The Husband to come with and walk. That way if there was a problem with the kids he could help and it wouldn’t affect my running. We drove to a long, quiet gravel road and unloaded the bikes. It was at this point that we realized how windy it was.  The Husband asked if we should maybe wait

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