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Teach me how to…seriously.

Happy Thursday!¬†ūüôā The title will make more sense in a bit. Pinky promise.

If today is Thursday, that means that yesterday was Wednesday.If yesterday was Wednesday, that means that I must have completed my weekly weigh-in. If yesterday was my weekly weigh-in, then that means that I must be here to share my results.Yup, that is right. You guessed it. I am here to update you all on my weight loss.

 Dun Dun Dun. Kidding. More like Boom Chicka Boom!

In the past seven days, I have lost another 4 pounds!!! That makes my total amount lost 40 pounds.Yup,¬†you read that correctly. Feel free to read it again if you must ūüôā That is 40 pounds in 9 weeks. Which puts my weekly average lost at 4.44444. Uh I’d say that as of right now,the number 4 and I are like this( you¬†obviously can’t see me, but I am crossing my middle and my pointer fingers.Clearly an indication that we are new best friends)¬†¬†After I picked my jaw up of the floor, I proceeded to limp my way (…the cast remember) into my bedroom and try on an old pair of jeans. They are still pretty tight, but guess who got them buttoned.That’s right, I did.¬† ūüôā¬† Clearly that moment needed a victory dance. Kinda like this one :“>

Obviously, my dance¬†was a little more sloppy, uncoordinated and altogether nothing like his. But I felt that a video was needed so a video is what you got. You’re welcome :):) Welp, I do believe that is all for today folks! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

Next Stop 50 pounds. Bring it On



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“This Just In”..Well Sorta

I am making this announcement about 3 days late, but I am making it nonetheless.So here we go…

As most of you know, the casting dates have been posted for BL Season 12. Now, all you biggest loser hopefuls¬†out there,¬†don’t go taking off work or booking your hotels just yet. Holland says that the dates are not quite set in stone.¬† This is the email that most of us hopefuls received:

Season 12 is underway and we are casting Teams of 2 (Family members,
spouses or friends). However, if you do not have a partner you may
apply as an individual!

Open casting call cities have been determined and our teams will be
hitting the road starting the middle of February in the following


February 19th, 2011
New York or Boston (TBD)

February 26th, 2011


March 5th, 2011
Salt Lake City

March 12th, 2011
Des Moines

March 19th, 2011
Los Angeles

I have tried out for the biggest loser once before. It was such an AMAZING experience (despite the whole not making it on the show part of course) I met so many people through the process and built friendships that I wouldn’t change for anything. Just going to a casting call is sometimes all you need to get your butt in gear.If you are even considering attending a casting call then you have already recognized that you have a problem that needs to be fixed.¬†If you want to be on the show…TRY OUT. If you want to change your life…TRY OUT! Even if you don’t make in to our televisions at 8pm every Tuesday, your life will still be changed. I guarantee it.

Now, let me cut straight to the point here. I will be trying out, but I WILL NOT let this distract me from the path I am already on. I heard of someone who was putting on¬†15 pounds so they would be eligible to audition. Uhm, Hello? McFly? (yes, that was a Back to the Future reference) Isn’t LOSING weight the whole point? I am sorry, but if you are willing to gain weight just to be on T.V. then you don’t deserve the show anyways. This is for people who WANT¬†a better life. I WANT IT. I NEED IT!

Wow, sorry for that minor rant. Just had to get that off my chest. Okay, so what was I saying? Ah, yes. I will not let this process distract me from my goals. I will continue eating right and working out as best as I can. I am changing my life.¬†This isn’t just a t.v. show for me. This is everything that I have ever worked for. Everything that I have dreamed about. I want to be healthy. I want to be happy. I want to do BIG things. If I meant to be on the show, then I will be. If it is meant for someone else, then so be it. I am a firm believer in the saying “Everything Happens for¬†a Reason.”

You will never know unless you try. Right? This will be the last time I audition because when the next casting comes around I will be too little. Boy, I sure do like the way that sounds. Welp, I think that’s¬†enough blabbin’ for one day so…tootles ūüôā


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One good thing about music, when it hits- you feel no pain

So as I promised in my last blog I plan on sharing all of the songs that are helping me reach my goals. Music is such an important part of my life especially when it comes to my weight loss.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”-Victor Hugo

p.s.- I tried to have the videos on my blog, but for some reason they will not show up. Please do not let this stop you from listening to the song. I have posted the links so you can easily find them on youtube!

Welp, here we go. The playlist of my life.

First:¬†Shannon Noll “Lift”

I felt that this was such an appropriate song to begin with.I fell in love with it 3 years ago when I first began my journey to a healthier me.I love this song but especially this particular video.Those¬†who know me know that I am OBSESSED with Jillian Michaels. Watching her¬†in this¬†video and listening to the words of this song seem to inspire me to do things I never thought possible.¬†I still play it everyday and can not resist hitting the repeat button. After 3 years, it still manages to bring tears to my eyes. It will never get old. It is weird how a song can have such an emotional impact on my life. It is def one of my favs ūüôā


I know you’re hurting
Feels like your learning
‘Bout life the hard way
And it ain’t working
Seems like forever
That you’ve been falling
It’s time to move on
Your life is calling, yeah

This was never meant to be the end
Close the book and start again

Cos i know how hard it can get
But you’ve gotta lift
You’ve gotta lift
And sometimes that’s how it is
But i know you’re stronger
Stronger than this
You’ve gotta lift
You’ve gotta lift

When you can feel your
Whole body’s aching
What’s left of your heart
It wont stop breaking
You’ve got to let go
You took a hit
Time to pick up now
Move on from this

This was never meant to be the end
Close the book and start again


You’ve got to lift yourself up above all
the hurt
Don’t give in
Wipe your eyes and remember you’re better
than this
Let them know that they took their best shot
and they missed
Come on and lift

Okay, on to the next one: Ryan Star “Breathe”

I first heard this song a few months back when it was played on BL Season 10. As most of you know, I auditioned for season 10 and obviously didn’t make it to the ranch. This song was played as the contestants completed a challenge in the final weeks of the show. The contestants were given bags full of¬†weights equivalent to the weight that they had lost.The further they ran the more weight they could take out of their bags.¬†Everytime I hear this song, I picture myself doing the same. Dropping the weight, physically and emotionally, and leaving it behind. I love this song because it can be interpreted in so many different ways depending on each individuals situation.


She’s fine most of the time
She takes her days with a smile
Moves like a dancer in light
Spinning around to the sound
But sometimes she falls down

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders and put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

She likes New York at night
She dreams of running away
Shine on bright like the sun
And even the sky turns gray
I need you to hear me say
I need you to hear me say

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

Let go of our fear, let go of our doubt
Let go of the ones who try to put you down
You’re gonna be fine, don’t hold it inside
If you hurt right now then let it all come out

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

Let go of our fear, let go of our doubt
(Let the life that you live be all that you need)
Let go of our fear, let go of our doubt
(Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me)

Numero tres: Rascal Flatts “Unstoppable”

I am absolutely in love with this song. I listen to it at least a thousand times a day.(Give or take) I see a lot of people who are chosing a word that describes them for 2011. My word is Unstoppable. I have used it several times in this blog and to describe my current situation. I love this song and how it encourages you to get up after you fall.¬†I lost¬†50 pounds 2 years ago and then put it all back on and then some. For a while I beat myself up when really I should have kept it movin’. That’s what this song speaks to me. It doesn’t matter how many times you mess up. You always need to get up and remain UNSTOPPABLE. “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.”


So, so you made a lot of mistakes
Walked down the road a little sideways
Cracked a brick when you hit the wall
Yeah, so you didn’t do the best
It pulled you down faster than a sunset
Hey it happens to us all
When the cold hard rain just won’t quit
And you can’t see your way out of it

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
Here’s your chance and it’s worth taking
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in
You’ve got the strength, to raise the wind
Remember what one dream can do
You are unstoppable

You, you can weather any storm
Don’t you know that you were born to win
Oh you find a helping hand when you need it most
A lighthouse shining on the coast that never goes dim
When your back’s against the wall
When you stumble and you fall

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
Here’s your chance and it’s worth taking
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in
You’ve got the strength to raise the wind
Remember what one dream can do
You are unstoppable

Like a river keeps on rolling
Like a north wind blowing
Don’t it feel good knowing

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
You take back what’s been taken
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in
You’ve got the strength, to raise the win
Remember what one dream can do
You are unstoppable

Yes you you are unstoppable
So you made a lot of mistakes
But you got back out into the game
You you are unstoppable

So there ya have it folks.I¬†could keep going, but this blog is becoming super¬†long.If you’d like to know more¬†about the music¬†I listen to or if you’d like to share some of your most favorite songs¬†send me an email ūüôā¬†I adore each and every single one of these songs. I hope that you do too. Download them and play them daily. It is amazing what a little bit of inspirational music can do to you attitude.


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The Results Are In…Drum Roll Please

Today is Wednesday.As most of you know, Wednesday is my weekly weigh-in day. Obviously, Wednesday and I have a love-hate relationship. Stepping up to that scale makes me so stinkin’ nervous. I was especially nervous this week. I had been in my cast for exactly seven days and hadn’t been able to work out as hard as I had prior to my gym class tumble. Which, by the way, has a stellar made-up story behind it now.When I am asked how I broke it, I simply tell them a more dramatic version of what happened.I tell people that¬†I was skiing with a friend and hit the slopes too hard…literally. I guess it is a little far-fetched¬†considering I managed this boo-boo in a step class at the gym. Anyways, back to the weigh in. The results are in and I am super syked to share them with you.

I have lost 5 more pounds this week. That is a total of 36 pounds in 8 weeks.That means I have lost a total of 8 pounds while wearing this cast. Hate to brag, but uhm I am UNSTOPPABLE! I am currently throwing my own private party in front of my computer.Woohoo. Woohoo.Woohoo. I am once again doing the happy dance. I feel a lot like this kid actually:

Anyways, let’s get back to business shall we. I plan on writing another blog tomorrow about all the songs that helped get me to where I am today. Music has been one of the main factors in my weight loss and I am hoping the music I share will help inspire you to accomplish anything you put your mind to.Once again, thank you for all of your love and support. If you have questions, comments, or blog suggestions feel free to contact me. I enjoy reading every single one of the messages I receive.

Bring It On!

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Okay, so most of you all have seen put up with my updates on Facebook. You know? The ones of me complaining about breaking my foot, not being able to walk, being discouraged yada, yada, yada. Welp, sorry for the glass half empty attitude I have had. I am happy to admit that I am no longer feeling sorry for myself and am back to being the queen of optimism. Yup, you guessed it. I had another AH HAH moment. Nothing new for me or to this blog.

Here’s the dealio…

First of all, I injured myself while I was taking a step class at the gym. It was the first day of my FitVirginia Challenge and the beginning of my training ( read more about that in the previous post)I was in my room last night and received a call from my doctor saying he reviewed my x-rays with a radiologists and they had found a break in a bone located on the side of my foot. Immediately, I had the ultimate quiver chin and busted into tears. You would have thought I was given two weeks to live or something.I imagine I probably looked something like this…

…The baby not George Bush. (Maybe a combination of both. I am not sure. Either way you get the idea) After I sniffled my way off the phone with the doctor, I hopped (literally) into my mom’s room. And of course she made me only cry harder. Moms always have a way of doing that. After my cry sesh was over I hopped back into my room and just laid on my bed thinking about how horrible everything was turning out.DRAMA QUEEN OF THE CENTURY. You are probably still waiting on my AH HAH moment. Well here it is,

I am not sure what happened, but all of a sudden I felt a¬†peace¬†about the situation. It was almost like I was thankful for my foot being broken.I know that sounds crazy, but stay with me here.I have lost weight before. I knew I could do it. However, I have never lost weight while being injured. It was a new challenge to me. This was something I could use to say, “if I did it at 100 pounds overweight with a broken foot…so can you” There literally are NO MORE EXCUSES. This challenge is going to make me so much stronger inside and out. I have such fire and passion in my¬†heart that NOTHING will stop me.I know that I can do this with a broken foot or not. I will simply have to modify my workouts. No more bodycombat(which I admit is still pretty heartbreaking) Instead, I guess I will be swimming or doing most of my workouts while sitting. Sitting while working out?Really? Such a new concept and challenge for me. I am excited! I am so thrilled to see what I can do and what I can achieve no matter what adversities are thrown my way. So I say ” BRING IT ON BANDAGED FOOT. I AM UNSTOPPABLE!”

So there you have it.What a way to bring in the new year. If you are still reading this then I thank you for all of your support through everything. I love each and every one of you and cannot express enough how much all of your words of encouragement mean to me.  Hopefully, this is not the way my entire year will go. But if so, then welcome to the ring 2011. You have met your match.

Bring it on.


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