Yep!  This happened this week....

I can not tell you how excited I am!  I started this weight loss journey last year when I looked like this...

I was weighing in at 165 pounds last February...ugh!  And I have to admit a majority of this was lingering baby weight that I never managed to take off due to a crazy work life and just trying to figure out life all over again with a baby.  But last February I hit the highest weight I had been (without being pregnant) ever.

I was miserable in clothes and my self esteem was shot.  My husband (who I am super proud of) lost close to 100 pounds prior in 2010/2011 and I just kept on gaining.  I started a new job last January and in February there was a "Get Healthy" program that I joined with a team.  This was the motivation I needed to get my butt in gear and start losing weight.

I started off by just adding in exercise.  In February 2012 I did Insanity (and it was insane) - I only made it through 30 days of the 60 but that was just the push I needed.  March hit and Mike and I started running outside again.  We did 2-3 miles about 4 times a week and continued this throughout summer.  My motivation was to lose 15 pounds by the time we went to Galveston that summer so I could wear a swimsuit without being totally embarrassed :)

I yo yo'd throughout the fall.  I did the 30DS.  I ran.  But I didn't really eat healthy.

We booked a cruise (which is next week!!!) and I decided at that point I wanted to be smokin' hot by the time we left.  My new year's goal was to lose my final 10 lbs in 10 weeks!  I knew that in order to do this I had to change my eating because we all know you can not out train a bad diet.  I got on My Fitness Pal, tracked calories, ran a half marathon, kept moving and I freaking did it!!!

So bye bye 25 pounds and hello new me! I am now swimming in clothes that haven't fit me in years and I am confident!  I still have some toning to do but I am happy at this weight.

And to reward myself...today is a Me Day!  I am going shopping for new clothes and for the first time in a long time I can't wait to try them on.

I hope you all have a great weekend :)

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2013 Goal Recap!

I can't believe it's March already...where in the heck have the past two months gone?  Since we are in March, I thought I'd do a little recap on how I was doing on my 2013 Goals:

My 2013 Goals Were...

1.  Run a 1/2 Marathon - I'm still in it...February 24th is the day and I am going to rock the Cowtown Half. 

Whoop! Whoop!  Goal #1 can be crossed off the list.  I ran my first half on February 24th and finished in 2:26 minutes which I was VERY proud of.

2.  Get my life reorganized and get things accomplished that I've been meaning to do for a long time.      Another post with a plan on this at a later date.

Have not touched much of this yet...but still planning on doing some serious reorganizing this Spring.  I love the 40 bags in 40 days and may have to try this.

3.  Turn off technology at night and on the weekends and spend quality time with my girl and hubby.  I am an iPhone addict and I need to learn how to put it down and focus on my family more.  

I wish I could say I've done more of this...but hate to say I'm still on my phone more at night than I should be.  I really am trying to put the phone, chores and "mommy" duties aside until after little Miss goes to bed so that we have some play time at night.

4.  Lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks - I've been running but I've been eating like CRAP and I haven't been doing any cross training.  We have a cruise coming up in 10 weeks...eek!  This means that my butt has to be in a swimsuit on March 7.  So the plan is to try and lose 10 pounds in the next 10 weeks.  And this will put me at my goal weight...yay!

I am uber proud of myself on this one!  I can't wait to show you guys the results this week.  Our cruise got moved to March 14 due to the crazy fire on the Triumph.  But this girl will be rocking a bikini :)    

5.  Pay off all debt!  We will be debt free by 2014 :)

One car down and one credit card down.  I love seeing $0.00 :)  We are on our way to being debt free thanks to this debt snowball calculator.   

6.  Continue to build on my small business Cuddlebug Cards.

I'm gradually working on adding cards.  It's a slow process with everything else but I love getting orders and doing custom work.  Check out this cute card I recently did for a friend's little girl.   


7.  Learn how to use my new camera!  My friend Carrie did something called Project 365 last year and I love the idea.  I am going to do my very best to take a picture everyday for a year.

Big Fat Fail!  I have to give Carrie lots of kudos...I couldn't rise to this challenge.  I love my new camera but Project 365 is not for me.      


So 2 months in and I'm doing pretty good...I've checked off a few and realized I'm not a SuperWoman.  I have very lofty expectations for myself but sometimes the couch (and wine) gets the best of me.  

How are you doing on your 2013 resolutions/goals?  Anyone else have some big fat fails?
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If you knew me!

If you really knew me, you'd know:
  • I love Tex Mex and could it eat for every meal, every day.  Chips & Salsa, Queso, Enchiladas, Fajitas, empanadas, chili rellenos...yum!
  • I love cooking but hate baking.
  • I have an obsession with my iPhone - it goes everywhere with me (even the bathroom)
  • I am a wanna be crafter.
  • I am not a dancer (no Zumba for this white girl).
  • I would wear jeans, a tshirt and flip flops every day if I could. 
  • I just completed my 1st Half Marathon!
  • I love the feeling of clean sheets.
  • I hate putting away laundry and dishes.
  • My car is ALWAYS dirty.
  • I love copying things from Pinterest...love all the ideas. Follow Me!
  • I do not like shopping, except for Black Friday.
  • I wake up thinking about food and what I'm going to have for all 3 meals...my hubby thinks thats so weird.
  • I love festivals and events!  Hence my job as an event planner.
  • I can not put a cute outfit together to save my life...I am not a fashionista.  I stick with solids and black or gray most days.
  • My running mix is a combo of country music, pop and old school rap..."Give me that donkey butt and them big ol legs" :)
  • I love EXCEL!  
  • I dabble in graphic design and love doing custom cards (check out my Etsy shop - Cuddlebug Cards)
  • Vacations are always pool and beach driven!  My favorite is a cruise (14 days until we leave!!!!).
  • My favorite thing at Christmas is the stockings!  
  • If you don't know what to give me for a gift...you can be sure I'll love a pedicure, massage or wine.
  • I hate scary movies...I even turn the commercials on mute or switch channels.
  • I love blaring music and dancing with my 3 year old (even if it is Dora).
  • My favorite scent is vanilla.
  • I think the things my daughter says are hilarious (even when they are wildly inappropriate)
  • I hate mustard juice...gross!
  • My favorite date with my hubby is sitting on the patio, having a glass of wine (beer for him) and just talking.
  • The thing I'm most proud of is being a great mom and wife!  I love you Mike and Addison!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!
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