One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


“You Seem Happy”

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Little Bean and I decided to walk to school this morning without the carriage.


Which ended like this.


I only have a few more months of being able to do that so I’m taking an advantage. The bean in getting BIG and big FAST!

When I got back I had to run to Ryan’s school for a photo with the Fit Club. We wrapped up the year and plan on doing it again next year which I guess is a good transitions for this photo I posted on IG today.


Another gym member finished the workout early and went around taking photos of everyone. My caption for the photo was:

This is how I start almost everyday. My brain thinks I’m crazy but my heart loves every minute of it.

I can’t believe the progress I’ve made and I’m fascinated to see how far I can go.

@Paulalynnallen commented and said,

Wow… Just curious! Have you changed your eating to the iifym? You seem very happy!

I’ll be honest, I couldn’t figure out what iifym meant but her comment about being happy really made my day. I HAVE been happy lately and I think it’s because I finally figured this out:

“Healthy striving is self-focused: “How can I improve?” Perfectionism is other-focused: “What will they think?” ― Brené Brown

Carla and I talked about it in today’s #wycwyc podcast — click here to check it out.

I got another question on that photo from @jenniegift,

I have been going to 6am class at my box too. How do you fuel your workout that early in the am?

Boy do I wish had the answer for that! I’m still trying to figure it out. Right now I either go on an empty stomach, have an granola bar, apple with peanut butter, a banana, or oatmeal. Today I tried a slice of toast sunflower seed butter which was pretty perfect.

The weird thing about eating that early is I end with having like 3 breakfasts. Which is why I think the idea of 3 meals a day is kind of bogus.

Food Journal

  • 5:45 a.m. Slice of toast with sunflower seed butter.
  • 7:15 a.m. Post-workout shake (1 scoop).
  • 10 a.m. 1 egg + egg whites scrambled with ham and spinach.
  • 12:45 p.m. Raw Beet and Apple Salad – Recipe coming soon! — Update: POSTED! Click here. 
  • 3:20 p.m. Ham and cheese Quinoa — you are going to think I’m crazy but I made a big batch of quinoa this morning to keep in the fridge for quick meals. While putting it away I thought, hmmm what can whip up real fast. It’s basically a ham and cheese sandwich turned into a quinoa bowl. I added cubed ham, cubed cheese, a good whole grain mustard and tossed everything together. It was delish!
  • 6 p.m. Bacon Cheeseburger Salad — one of my all time favs!
  • 8:30 p.m. Popcorn with The Boys while watching survivor made like this.

Activity Journal

  • 6 a.m. Workout: Warm up 400 meter run + group stretch
    Bench Press
    10 @ 33 lbs
    10 @ 68 lbs
    10 @ 78 lbs
    8 @ 98 lbs
    6 @ 103
    4 @ 108
    1 @ 118 <– was supposed to do 3 – failed twice
    0 @ 123 <– was supposed to do 2 but I could only get 113 for one more.
    I scaled today’s working by dropping the full squat clean weight to 88 lbs and doing a combination of negative pull-ups and ring rows instead of pull-up. I was the last one done.. again.
    3 Rounds (no idea how long it took me — forgot to look)
    7 Full Squat Cleans at 88 lbs
    4 Negative Pull-ups
    10 ring rows
    20 box jumps (24in)
  • 8:30 a.m. 2 mile walk to take Evan to School
  • 1 p.m. 1/2 mile lunch time walk


  • Water ok
  • supplements taken
  • antibiotics taken

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    April 23, 2015

    Did you ever figure that out? It’s “if it fits your macros.” It’s an eating plan of some sort. They lost me at you can eat all your macros in Lucky Charms if that’s what your body needs. I’m sure I’m not fully understanding it, but that actually WAS said and blogged about. :) I might like those sugary, magically-delicious marshmallows occasionally, but I seriously doubt my body NEEDS them. Ha! Funny that someone would think you are happy because you switched to iifym.


      April 23, 2015

      HA! That shows how out of touch I am with “Diets” I really thought iifym was a typo!! I was like maybe she meant carbs or something. lol

      Maybe this is why I’m so happy… I eat as “healthy” as possible whatever that means — veggies, whole foods, lean meats, etc — move as much as possible and I’m kind to myself aka I don’t beat myself up for the few pounds I COULD lose to be vanity skinny.


    April 23, 2015

    I need that Raw Beet and Apple Salad in my life ASAP! I just bought a spiralizer, and this salad looks like a great way to break it in!


    April 23, 2015

    IIFYM = If it fits your macros
    It means you can eat whatever you want, as long as you get the amount of macro nutrients that you need vs Paleo and clean eating, etc

    Jennie G

    April 24, 2015

    I am still trying to figure it out. I did one this week that i didn’t eat just sparked and then the day I asked you I did a rice cake with natural peanut butter but I felt like it was slowing me down during our WOD or maybe because I was the only one in class and had no one to push me!


      April 24, 2015

      Ugh! I hate being solo. I must say right now the small piece of toast and but butter is doing me good I think.