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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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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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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Healthy Snickers Blizzard Recipe

Happy Kids From Healthy Treat

Ever since Tiffany over at The Gracious Pantry posted her recipe for coconut banana ice cream I have been making it. A lot. The Husband is in love with ice cream, as are my kids. Me, I could take it or leave it. I’d rather eat chips. Barbeque, if you have to know the kind. Anyway. Back to the ice cream. Tiffany’s recipe is so simple, and it is actually healthy!

Since I started working out I have been struggling to get enough protein. And I have a big ole bag of chocolate protein powder in my cabinet.  I’ve seen recipes for chocolate banana ice cream, by adding cocoa powder. And I wondered what it would be like if instead of cocoa I added the protein powder. Then, after I added the protein powder I looked around and saw a jar of almonds on

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The Early Bird Gets The Worm (or in this case, the healthy body)

Early Bird Gets the Worm

 

I’ve learned that I always need to work out early. The later the clock gets, the less motivated I am to start working out. I start getting into projects, or the kids want me to play with them. Or I get sucked into Facebook or Pinterest…

However, if I wake up, get Book Girl off to school, and immediately start my workout it goes much better. I may still be tired, I may still not “feel” like it, but if I push through and just start, before I know it I am done.

THEN I get to have my shower and a coffee. Except, if I’m really honest (and I told you I would be, remember?) I don’t always get my shower. That’s right. Some (read: most) days I just change out of my sweaty clothes into the semi-clean clothes

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Welcome!

From Fat to Healthy

Welcome to From FAT To Healthy!  I want to use this first post to introduce myself a bit and fill you in on what you can expect from me.

My name is Amanda. I’m a wife of 8 years and a mom to three beautiful kiddos; ages 7, 4, and 2. The Husband is a business man while I stay home with the kids (and try to keep my sanity). My oldest, Book Girl, is in 2nd grade at a charter school. My middle child, Zip Girl, is in preschool. And the baby is my son, Busy Boy.

After my kids were born (all by c-section) I never really did anything to “get my body back”. I just let nature take its course. On its own, my body has come to within 10 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. I’ve never counted a calorie, and

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