One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Just a Perfectly Perfect Day

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Despite the horribly frigid temperatures here, I had a fabulous day!

It all started at the gym (as it normally does) where I worked on some Turkish Get-Ups (TGUs.)

TGUs are one of my favorite lifts and probably the only thing I feel really competent doing. They are normally done with kettlebells but because our gym doesn’t have 5lb increments after 50lbs I moved to the barbell.

55lbs barbell TGU

That’s 55lbs and my friend Ray got it on video.

Nothing beats that strong feeling. Nothing.

After the gym I made the kids breakfast and got everyone off to school. Then I came back and made myself a warm bowl of awesomeness!

Power Breakfast

While eating it I dabbled with that new recipe card format for Pinterest and Instagram but I need to up the font size.

After breakfast I got lost checking off to-do’s for the conference, a few clients and my sites. Things are coming together nicely and after 6 years I’m learning to just go with the flow. I feel a lot less stress even though I’m way behind where I normally am at this point in planning.

Lunch was errand running with The Husband and we stopped at Chipotle for this week’s lunch out.

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We’ve been sticking to our goal of only one lunch out a week and I’m proud of us. Well, mostly him, as I’ve become perfectly happy eating most, if not all meals at home. He’s getting there and is totally making an effort.

Now, I say that and but it was me who took the kids to Chick-Fil-A for dinner.


Normally we go on Tuesdays after the kids’ gym class but since it was snowed out this week we swapped Tuesday for Thursday on the meal planning and such.

Overall nothing special happened today. I juggled all there was to do, hung out with the kids, stress-released at the gym and accomplished stuff at “work.” Really, what more can I ask for? It was just a perfectly perfect day!

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    February 20, 2015

    Way to go on the turkish get up! You rocked it! So proud of the husband too. I remember when mine caught on to what I was doing he ended up losing 35 lbs. When we would see friends we hadn’t seen in a while they wanted to know what “I” did to him, as if he had no choice. Funny when they decide for themselves what can happen. Support all the way, best thing going!

    Chris B

    February 20, 2015

    Wow, those Turkish Get Ups are really hard!!! I’ve tried them with a 12 or 15 pound kettlebell and they are SERIOUSLY hard. You are really rocking it with 55 pounds. Thanks for posting the video!

    Katy Lean

    February 20, 2015

    Wow, you look unbelievably good. My husband and I are also currently trying to get healthy together but we both have really no idea how to do it really. So thank you so much for your help. We are always very curious to try out new diets and we found this new Paleo Diet. Do you have any experience with this? I could only find a few reviews on the web like this one: http://weightlossproductsthatwork DOT net/the-paleo-diet/

    I’m kind of skeptical because you can kind of eat a lot in this diet. It’s basically about going back to the eating habits of humans a long time ago. It definitely sounds interesting, but I want to be sure if it’s any good because diets are very time consuming in my opinion. The review does say nearly only positive things about the diet, so theres that.


    February 20, 2015

    With a barbell? Loaded or unloaded – I’d hit myself in the head LOL!! (I can deadlift 180, but struggle with keeping an 8# kettlebell over my head!)


    February 20, 2015

    Did it, gimme5! What a Stud-Muffin! That’s way harder than with a kettle because of the balance, proprioception factor. You have to have so much core strength to lift from the floor up. I may have to explore crossfit for my own Boomer Journey when my strength cycle comes after the running, I’m impressed by what it’s done for you. How long ago have you started crossfit? What was your strength like then?


    February 28, 2015

    I am in total awe! I am doing turkish getups using a 10lbs kettlebell right now (and find that a work-out)! Just wondering if you remember what kettle bell weight you started at (for turkish getups)?


      March 1, 2015

      The first time I ever did one was without weight at all and it was hard! I remember thinking the trainer was INSANE! lol


      March 5, 2015

      Wow, wow, wow! That just blows my mind that you say your first turkish getup (without weights) was hard…. and now you are doing it with 55lbs . That totally makes me motivated and gives me hope that improvements can happen! Can’t wait to see what a difference a year can make (it’s been 5 months on my journey for physical strength).