You see, I have this truly “Fabulous Friend” who somehow convinced me that I need to be a participant in an upcoming “Warrior Dash” in our area. The name itself is somewhat intimidating, yet invigorating all at the same time. Needless to say I am a sucker for adventure and always up for a challenge. I registered that night, not just as a participant, but as a St. Jude Warrior as well. I figure what’s a challenge without raising money for a great cause, right?

This is a HUGE deal to me. Why you ask? I’ve always been very thin and could eat whatever I wanted, when I wanted. Then I stepped into pregnancy and Motherhood. With that I was carrying around and extra times. This is not a good thing. So with the birth of our last child in 2009, I decided it was time to get fit and drop those extra pounds. I began by walking and doing various DVD’s in the house when weather would not allow me to head outdoors. I dropped several pounds but kept hitting plateaus – you know those little hills or obstacles that appear like mountains in your daily life! I decided that a complete lifestyle change was in order.

With exercise becoming a part of my daily routine then eating properly had to tag along. They do truly go hand-in-hand. I noticed the pounds literally “melting” away. I DO NOT count  calories, that’s just one of those things that blows my mind. What I do is read my labels, red meat once a week, lots of fruits and vegetables, stay away from Trans Fat, watch my portion sizes, stay under 10 grams of Saturated Fat (some days are better than others), enjoy a Starbuck’s Venti Non-Fat 190 Caramel Macchiato once a week, as opposed to almost daily, and when I have a craving for something sweet I choose a carrot, dried cranberries with raw almonds, grab an apple or eat some Non-Fat Plain Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of granola and fresh/frozen berries. You’d be surprised how sweet a carrot is when you need to fix a craving.

With this “lifestyle” change, I have dropped several dress sizes, have more energy – which is wonderful with little kids, and I’ve lost over 86lbs. My goal was to be able to fit back into my wedding dress for our 10th Wedding Anniversary…and guess what…I CAN!!! I also want to run in the Wisconsin Marathon one of these days. Maybe I can convince my “Fabulous Friend” to join me on that journey…

So now I’m trying to tighten all that I have undone the past few years – you know that “wiggle, wiggle” and that little tummy that just won’t disappear? So incorporating this “Warrior Dash” training into my current fitness routine should help me on the way. Keep you posted on that one! Oh, and I’ll let you know how I finish at the “Warrior Dash” too.

I look forward to your comments!