"Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dreams closer. "


Friday, May 4, 2012

Days go by like a FLASH in time.

I can't believe it has been 1 month since I have posted here. It feels like about a week. 

In regard to what I posted last in early April, you would think that one would be able to accomplish their very own challenge they set out for themselves. Unfortunately, that was NOT the case here.  My goal was to do 20 minutes of exercise 20 days straight.  Well let's just say that didn't happen. I believe in that 20 days I got in 7 days of exercise.  Better than none I suppose is one way to look at it but really not that good is another way to look at it.  Not dwelling on it though. Learning from my mistakes and moving on. 

My what seems to be more of a realistic goal now is to exercise 4 days a week for the month of May.  For this first week of May I have done only 2 days. So in order to meet my goal I would have to exercise on both Saturday and Sunday.  Hmmmm, I feel good about doing something Saturday morning but honestly I am not that hopeful for Sunday morning. Crazier things have happened though. 

As  for food I am rockin' and rollin'. FINALLY I have some consistent hopefully fat melting meals going on. Now the challenge is to keep this up through my weekends which often trip me up.  I can do it though. I WILL DO IT! FAT BE GONE!!!

Oh and just to update you, as of tomorrow I am 23 weeks away from my tough mudder competition event that signed up for.  MUST GET TO WORK!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

20 for 20 challenge

I have decided that I need to do my own exercise challenge. It is not over the top but it is just something I need to do to challenge myself and force myself to exercise on a daily basis in order to get back in the habit consistently. This is totally doable. I CAN DO THIS (I have to keep saying this to myself over and over).

I adapted this from a blog that I follow, Happy Texans. She did an exercise challenge where she walked/jogged/biked 3.1 miles for 31 days straight. She completed it too. Take time to read about her results, she also really monitored what she ate and she had some great fatloss/inchloss results b/c of it.

Anyway, so I decided to do something similar to her challenge but made it more doable for me.

I feel like if I can just get 4-5 consecutive days under my belt then I will be golden b/c I won't want to not complete my challenge at that point b/c that will be too much of an accomplishment for me at this point to not follow through on my plan.

I have finally tightened up my food enough that I have gone from maintaining my weight to dropping the fat...FINALLY. So now I just need to add the consistent exercise in to complete my puzzle.

The best part about this is that I am starting tomorrow, Friday, April 6th and NOT on Monday. My 20 days will be up on Wednesday, April 25th.

The rules are that I have to do some type of formal exercise for 20 minutes a day. It can be cardio or weights or a combination of the two. I have been going some to CrossFit classes which I will discuss in more detail later but they are 60 minutes long. The more minutes each day the merrier but I have to do at least 20 minutes.

I will keep you updated on what I do each day and keep a log of it here for accountability purposes.

If any one else wants to do it with me I love having groupies, POWER IN NUMBERS!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


So I have a friend that ask me somewhat regularly "Dawn, when are you going to update your blog? I look at it daily to see if you have posted something new. " So for her and maybe the one other person that might read my blog here goes.

My baby, Harlie, is approaching ONE!!! Yes, that is right, in about 5 1/2 weeks she will be ONE YEAR OLD! She a walking machine! She took her first steps at 9 1/2 months and by 10 months she was doing no crawling and all walking. She has now picked up the pace and can walk rather fast most of the time. She looks so cute. I need to get her on video and share it with you b/c she's small and she just walks around like she owns the place with a huge smile on her face. She is proud you can tell.

Lizzie, the middle girl just turned FIVE this past Sunday on April 1st. She was grinning from ear to ear all day when we would mention it was her special day. We went to eat dinner at Golden Corall, I think she likes the random food you can get right when you sit down and of course the chocolate fountain is a hit.

Chloe is 7 and seems so mature and grown up but goofy and silly at the same time which I love. I am so thankful that my kids can be good and well behaved children when they need to be but kick back and have a good time, laugh, dance and enjoy life too.

J - my husband, he is GREAT!! He is no longer coaching and is just a regular teacher and he is home every night and every weekend and WE LOVE IT!! He is so much help to me and the girls and I both love him being around more.

As for me, I have a lot to fill you in on as far as exercise and weight loss goes so I will save that for some later blogs so I will leave you with this quote that I found the other day, these things are everywhere now that pinterest is around. It just really hit home for me b/c it is exactly where I was, "interested" but I have moved on from this now and now I am "committed."

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. ” ~ Ken Blanchard

Friday, January 27, 2012

I lied!!

I stated in my last couple of post that I would be blogging on a regular basis, well....that doesnt' seem to be the case. I suppose I will just pop in here when I feel like I have a few extra minutes that should be taken up by blogging.

So you know I was going to zumba and I was loving it!!! I haven't been back I dont' think since I posted about it. Which I think was about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks ago. Oops! As much as I loved it is difficult for me to get away in the evenings even if it is just 2 days a week. I can do it but not on a regular basis as things come up and such that I want or need to tend to after work. Plus, since I work full time I obviuosly like spending time with my kiddos and husband and that has to be done in the evening after I get to them at 5:30. So I do intend to go back to a class but I just don't know when at this point. It was so much fun and a great workout and I highly recommend it.

Right now I am trying to decide on if I should/want to commit to a rather large fitness event/goal. I have my thinking cap on right now and am going to talk to my husband about it this weekend. I will get back with you and let you know if I move forward with it or if I shift gears and do something else.

Have a great upcoming weekend. It is in the 50's here and the sun has been shining. It is BEAUTIFUL for January. I am loving it.

Friday, January 6, 2012


WHOA!! Two days in a row of blogging, shocker, I know.

Exercise has NOT been my strength the past 7 months. I have exercised randomly here and there but I am not even certain that I have done two exercise sessions in a week until NOW!!

I keep coming up with 100's of excuses, a few legitimate but most are not. I simply cannot seem to get in the groove. I have been thinking if I could do some type of exercise that was fun and didn't seem so much like exercise that might help me get back in the habit.

I have been wanting to try Zumba, well finally I was able to. A friend invited me to a class that she recently tried, she raved and raved about how much fun it was and what a good workout it was. They actually had it at a time that I could make it last night. The husband stayed with the kids and got them to bed and I went to get my dance/booty shake on.

Let me tell you this was some fun booty shaking sweat session. Some of the people there are really good at it and it was so much fun to watch them. I on the other hand don't think my top half is seperated from my bottom half and I was watching them wondering how in the heck they do that. I also left with the feeling that I wanted to get much better at this workout/dancing and I absolutely LOVED IT! I will be back.

It did not seem like exercise at all. It was tons of fun, I felt comfortable there and I can't wait to try it again.

In fact I have plans to go back on Monday night at 6:45. WOOT! Can't wait.

Oh and back to the top where I said I finally exercised twice in one week, so I did the Zumba class last night and then on Monday when I was off work the husband, Chloe and I alternated between the bike, eliptical and treadmill for 30 minutes. GO US!

Have a great weekend friends and before I go I must say WOO PIG SOOIE! GO HOGS GO! The Arkansas Razorbacks play the Kansas State Wildcats tonight in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. 7pm. Can't wait!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


STOP THE PRESS! It is me (Dawn) and I am actually blogging. I think I might get this thing up and running again on a somewhat regular basis.

As I have said many times in the past, I hate how times goes by too fast. My youngest daughter, Harlie, is already approaching 8 months old!!! Yes, I said EIGHT MONTHS OLD!!! Lizzie will be FIVE in a few months and Chloe is 7 1/2. She is half way through her 1st grade year at a new school and loving it. J is doing great and has switched paths slightly and is an elementary P.E. teacher and no longer a coach at a jr. high. We see him a LOT more now and we love it.

As for me and my weight and exercise plan, the whole reason I started this blog in the very begininng, I have learned that I am queen of MAINTENANCE!! Which is actually a good thing only if I were already at my goal weight. I weigh the same today that I weighed 6 weeks after having Harlie. I have lost and gained the same 5 pounds for the past 7 months. GO FIGURE!

I have hardly exercised, randomly here and there. I have cleaned up my eating a lot but I do great for a few weeks then I do average for a week or two then I have several days that I just do awful and with that lack of consistency that equals maintenance!

So here is to a new year and a new fresh start. This time I mean it. My goal at this point is small, just to drop 5 pounds. Then I will set another mini-goal. The big picture is a little too overwhelming at the moment.

I promise to post more frequently for those that care to follow me and I also promise to post a recent picture of my precious girls as soon as I download them.

Hope all of you are doing well and are ready to meet your goals whatever they may be in 2012!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


This pos -third baby body is in much needs of some intense exercse and at home I just haven't been making it happen. I decided that I needed a kick in the pants from a group exercise class instructor. There are zumba/turbokick classes in my town and I am going to try it for the first time tonight. I CAN'T WAIT!!!! Turbokick is up tonight at 5:30 so I am going with that for my first class. Then Saturday I hope to try the Zumba class.

I will let you know what I thin of it.

I have a feeling I am going to be SO SORE tomorrow as I have not done anything like I believe this class to be in about 1 year. NO PAIN NO GAIN!

TurboKick should be something like this from Chalene Johnson.

I was trying to get the video embeded in here but I couldn't figure it out. Just go to this link if you want to check it ou.