One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


2 Days, 0 Alarms and AVOCADOS!

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Did you guys watch that video I posted about the 77-year-old body builder? It starts off with her morning routine and how she doesn’t need an alarm.

Well — holy crap — that’s me!

Monday, I didn’t realize my alarm wasn’t set. I went to bed straight after The Walking Dead to get my 7 hours (alarm goes off at 5:15am.) I woke up at 5:20 on my own, hopped out of bed and got ready for the gym.

Last night I hit the hay at 10 again and while lying in bed I realized my alarm was still off. I pondered for a bit and then decided I would test myself to see if I’d wake up on my own again.

I did. 5:20 on the dot.

I think I’ve successfully trained myself!

I can’t stress how long it’s taken me to become a “natural” morning exerciser. Believe me, this was not an overnight thing. First I hated the gym. Then once I started to go it was only in the evenings, after work. Even when I started running it always around dinner time. Then, mostly out of necessity, as the kids got older, I shifted to a morning routine. Even then I wasn’t going as early as  6 a.m.!

The last couple of years I was alternating between 6 and 8 a.m. classes up until a few months ago, but my gym changed its schedule. Now the only class I can regularly attend is the 6 a.m. so that’s what I’ve been doing.

Every day.

Monday through Friday.

Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it. I used to routinely stay up until midnight. The thought of early mornings did not appeal to me. The only thing that kept me going originally was the fact I only had to do it a couple of times a week.

Now I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love my crazy active morning. I kick off the day with a little sweat, get home in time to hang out with the 9-Year-Old before he gets on the bus and then eat breakfast with the 4-year-old before I take him to preschool.

It works… for now.

I’m sure I’ll have to change my routine tons more as the kids grow up and my responsibilities change. That’s just reality. In the past I’d use change as an excuse. Now I’m all about reshuffling the schedule to make my priorities happen.

It’s taken awhile but I’m getting really good at that.

In other news…

Food Journal

  • 5:45 a.m. My homemade date nut bar – I put them in the freezer as they didn’t stay together on their own. However, they taste great!
  • 7 a.m. Post-workout shake (1 scoop)
  • 9:30 a.m. 2 eggs scrambled with 2 slices of bacon, sweet potato and bok choy
  • 1 p.m. Hot & sour soup, green salad, tuna avocado roll, spicy salmon roll — lunch out while running errands.
  • 5:30 p.m. Grilled chicken with a side of Avocado and Tomato Salad with Sunflower Seeds — SO GOOD! I’ll post more ASAP.
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  • 9 p.m. Chicken jerky

Activity Journal

  • 6 a.m.: Warm up (worked on double unders, kettle bell swings, and such)
    Back Squat
    10 @ 33lbs
    10 @ 83lbs
    10 @ 98lbs
    8 @ 113lbs
    6 @ 123lbs
    4 @ 133lbs <- my old 1 rep forever! Was a hurdle for me to get over for sure!
    Workout: (Took me 16:49)
    50 calorie row
    50 Box Jumps at 20in
    25 Power Cleans at 95lbs
    25 Burpees over the bar (instead of jumping up we jump over the bar)
    Plank Work: (I wrangle people after the workout to do them with me.)
    1:15 each side and center.


  • Water could have been better
  • Supplements taken


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    March 25, 2015

    thats me too.
    and see?

    Kirsten Leah

    March 25, 2015

    It looks like you got a nice camera! And I’m really excited about reading through your train trip, because a solo trip to NOLA is on my bucket list! I hadn’t considered train, though–just driving.

    Claude (Ironman) M.

    March 25, 2015

    How do you plan on keeping that $hit load of avocadoes from spoiling? Give me a tip, I love avocadoes!
    Funny how conscious habits will infiltrate the subconscious brain. That was an incredible video of the human body and spirit.


      March 26, 2015

      FREEZER! Don’t worry, I planning on a greenlitebites video on how to handle. :)