Wanna be a Superhero??? Try a Superhero workout.

I love superheroes – Superman, Wonderwoman, Thor (heeeeeey Thor!). Batman and Ironman are ok. Being rich enough to buy your superherodom is not the same as being a legit superhero. Anyway, point is, I love superheroes and I think at some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero. Or maybe you’re like me and you want to be a superhero NOW.

At 33.

Post baby.

Ain’t no shame in my game.

Well, what if I told you there was a way to achieve that? And we have Neila Rey to thank for that.

Thanks to the interwebs, I stumbled across the Batman workout a while ago and was intrigued by it. batman-workoutBut, I never did it. Why? Because I was lazy and didn’t think I could. But every now and again, it would pop back up and I’d bookmark a page or I’d pin it on a board in Pinterest, never to be seen again. Well, that is no more. I have started my journey.

I was looking for different home workouts that I could complete and again came across the Neila Ray name. So, I checked out the site and was overwhelmed with how many workouts were available. Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, a guide to push ups, and, my ultimate choice – The Hero’s Journey. A 60 day plan. The description of the workout itself is motivating. It’s inspired by the “transformation from minion to master” and “totally transformative..When you have really traveled the hero’s path and have gone through your quest, you will have shed uncertainty, fear and doubt along with excess body weight. You will have forged a new character out of yourself, build strength and endurance and developed power.” I don’t know about you, but I want that in my life.

It’s been a week, and I feel great! My muscles are sore, but in a good . way. I’m losing weight and I’ve got more energy than I’ve had in a very long time. The exercises are all body weight exercises, requiring no equipment or gym, which is good because I’m too broke for the gym and I don’t have the time to fit the gym in. With this workout, I can fit sets in while the kiddo is eating dinner or zoned out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

I’m on a mission. I’ve got about 45 more pounds to lose and I hope to have it all gone by the end of summer. This workout and the corresponding diet/meal plan are going to help me achieve that. I recommend this to any and everyone who wants to make changes and maybe has limited time and money. This was FREE and super effective. At the end of the 60 days, I know there will be changes and I can’t wait.

I’ve finally found what works for me. Thank you Neila Rey.


Slow and steady

On Sunday, I went for a walk…it was the first piece of exercise I’ve done since Robert was born. It was only 2 miles and it took about 40 minutes while pushing the stroller and my legs burned the entire way.

But I felt great afterwards.

So great, that I walked 3 and a half miles to and from the babysitter’s house this morning. It took about 64 minutes.

And it felt great to track my steps and calories burned today on LoseIt.com (Did I mention I won a lifetime Premium Membership to Lose It last week? No excuses now!)

I’m getting a late start, but 2014 is going to be great.

No appetite, fatigue, heartburn, and Thanksgiving around the corner

I’m so exhausted *yawn*

For the last week, I’ve been supremely fatigued, with no appetite, and super severe heartburn. When I say severe heartburn, I mean SEVERE. Practically anything I eat is giving me the burn. Water is giving me heartburn! Ughhhhhh!

On the plus side though, that’s been helping me manage my food intake. Lol. No binge November has been successful (so far)!

Fatigue is killing me. I’ve been up since 4am (heartburn) and couldn’t get back to sleep. So, for the first time in a week (because of the fatigue combined with the weather and a cruddy work schedule) I went for a walk today. Two miles, 40 minutes. Felt good, but now I’m worn the heck out. At some point today I’m gonna make my way back to bed.

Speaking of No Binge November, Turkey day is so close I can smell it! I’ve got so much to do today. Grocery shopping needs to be done, brine needs to be made and the turkey needs to be marinated, the house needs to be cleaned a little. I’m pretty sure that if this heartburn and lack of appetite sticks around I won’t be eating too much on Thursday. Here’s the menu…or at least part of it:



Sweet potato casserole

Macaroni and cheese

Green beans

Dessert? Chocolate cake and pecan pie.

It’s gonna be awesome and binge worthy but I won’t be binging!

Cold Pop, Sweet Brown’s Drink of Choice at 3am

I regularly get a hankering for bubbly drinks and my drink of choice is usually diet Dr. Pepper. With it’s mysterious mix of flavors and bubbly goodness, I usually takes care of that hankering in a quick minute. I know I’m not the only person who chooses diet over regular soda and I never thought about any of the risks associated with it. But today, I came across this article from Prevention magazine. Here are the ones that stood out to me:

The first item on the list, something I had never thought about was Kidney Problems. Drinking more than 2 sodas a day puts you at twice the risk for kidney issues. The cause? The diet sweeteners.

Who knew that diet soda could lead to obesity? Aren’t they supposed to help people who are on weight loss missions? Two cans or more per day can increase your waistline up to 500%. Why? The artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it’s eating sugar, causing you to crave more and causing you to overeat. Geez!

Now, did you know that diet sodas contain mold inhibitors? Yeah, they do. Sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate. That’s what those are. But regular soda doesn’t contain these. Do you know what these do to your body? It can cause cell damage. How scary is that? They’re also linked to hives, asthma and allergies. In the UK, the Food Commission says it’s an irritant to skin, eyes and mucous membranes. And we drink this stuff??

Ain’t nobody got time fuh dat!

I’ll be honest, I never knew there were so many side effects of diet soda.

I’ve found a new resolution for 2013, effective immediately. No more artificial sweeteners or diet soda.

Such a good way to start the day…

You know, as much as I am usually reluctant to get out of bed and go running I never regret it. I drag myself out of bed every other day (usually), ask Siri what the weather is, pull on my sneakers and my hoodie and hit the pavement. I turn my music up and start going. It’s kinda hard in the beginning but once I get my blood flowing and my feet moving and music in my ears, I start feeling good. And, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “An early morning walk (or run) is a blessing for the whole day”.

I’ve noticed that after my runs, my day always goes better. I have more energy. I’m more lively and have more of a positive attitude. Nothing can ever get me down if I start my day with a run. I definitely feel blessed to be able to start my days like that (And I should start running every day).

I’m super thankful for the day I decided to pick up running. It’s been an awesome experience.

Lost Memories Trying to be Found

I spent a good portion of time this morning going through my Aperture photo library and adding keywords to pictures. One of the keywords I used most often was “Progress”. You can probably deduce that this keyword was being applied to past (and current) weight loss progress photos.

As I looked back on the photos, I realized how much had changed. In 2008, my weight ballooned and that’s when I initially did something about it. For me, that “something” was getting a prescription for Phentermine and using the energy from the medication to fuel ridiculous workouts while suppressing my appetite. Of course, I lost in the vicinity of 50 pounds in about 4 months or so. It was amazing. But, then my back gave out and the 50 pounds was back with a vengeance. And it brought friends.

When my back gave out, I was pretty much incapacitated for over a year, and that resulted in weight gain. I finally had surgery in June 2010 and once I was able to walk and move freely again, the weight fell off. I went from about 215 lbs to about 185, give or take 5 pounds thanks to regular walking and Weight Watchers.

It works! It just costs money :-/

Again, I was ecstatic. But, I got lazy. No real excuse this time, and I gained all the

weight back. I also had to cancel my WW membership due to a lack of funds.

Now, it’s 2012. At my worst, I was 235 pounds. I’ve been trying to work on this since the beginning of the year and I’ve lost a whopping 20 lbs. (Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice?) Now, granted, I did complete my first 5K and I’ve been working diligently on getting into some measure of shape with the C25K program, but I can’t help but be somewhat frustrated with myself when I look back on pictures from 2008 or 2010 because I made so much progress and I can’t seem to recreate it and hold on to it.

I wanna look AWESOME naked!

But everyday is a new beginning. I’m slowly getting the hang of this and soon I’ll have the results I’ve had before and I’ll hold on to them this time.

Is it payday yet? aka, Trying to Stick to Goals on a Budget

Man, I hate being broke and having to stretch my money. Yesterday, I made $24 stretch soooooo far, but it wasn’t necessarily for the best of food choices.

$24 at Kroger got me:

– a dozen jumbo eggs;

– a 12 count bag of frozen biscuits;

– a LARGE box of frosted flakes;

– a gallon of 2% milk;

– one polska keilbasa sausage;

– a pack of fajita sized tortillas;

– a carton of chicken broth

– a pack of razor blades (hey, a girl’s gotta shave her legs).

So, I went home last night, stuck my last 6 chicken breasts in the slowcooker with the broth, cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, dried minced garlic and set that bad boy on low for 8 hours. Needless to say, that chicken, combined with a little cheddar and wrapped in the tortillas was lunch for the hubby and me today and will serve lunch tomorrow as well. By the time that’s done, it should be payday. 😀

The point here is that even though I was broke as all hell, I managed to stay (relatively) healthy with my meals. Breakfast was 2 biscuits and eggs – plain but filling and it was tasty darn it. It’s all about the choices you make.

I mean, do you want to spend $20 on fast food that lasts about 5 minutes or do you want to send it on enough food to last at least 4 meals? Seriously, which one is more economical?


Regardless, I ‘ll be happy when payday rolls around on Friday so I can buy some food.

(Check more money/food comparisons here).