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Getting prepared for 2014

Just wanted to give a little update as to what I am doing so far to prepare for 2014. I am hosting a biggest loser competition at work. I also joined an accountability group on facebook with some of my friends. I even joined a couple of challenge groups on myfitnesspal!

My mom helped me out and took some before pictures, front, side and back views. I took them in some shorts that are too small in the hopes that I can continue to have my picture taken in those shorts to show my progress until they truly fit.

Going grocery shopping after payday to get some fresh fruits and veggies and whole foods again. And, there will be a purging of all the crap foods that tempt me to much…hubby..if you’re reading this..hide your candy and treats from me! Lol.

Hope everyone had a happy new year’s! Let’s make 2014 our year! ~Charity 🙂


Almost a new year y’all!

Hey everyone! So, it’s almost the end of 2013. This year has been a lull year…nothing to great about it..nothing too bad about it either for me. I had some low points in my journey for better health and I’ve had some high moments.

I’m now down 20lbs and exercising regularly. I have splurged a lil on the holidays and will splurge a little tomorrow night, but I have not let that start some out of control spiral eating of unhealthy foods. I’m going to enjoy new year’s with family, good food, and fun. I’m making taco soup, stuffed jalapeno poppers, and sopapilla cheesecake for dessert! Yum! See below for the recipes!

I’m also starting to get serious about my training for my 5k in February that I signed up for. I intend to run at least half of it. I’m starting a biggest loser competition at work that I’m excited about. So far I have 10 other ladies doing it with me. And one of my closer work friends is going to be my accountability buddy! We’re going to have weekly health and fitness challenges that will hopefully keep folks going. I’m really looking forward to it!

For Christmas my awesome hubby got me the scale I wanted that can read body fat %, bone and muscle mass along with weight. It’s pretty neat. While the numbers aren’t where I want them..I know I’m getting the tools to keep track and stay on the right path to a healthier me! He also got me some new workout dvds that I’m looking forward to starting to! For those of you wondering what they are…I really enjoy the Hip Hop Abs workouts, so hubby got me level two and the cardio/ab max workouts! That’s 5 new routines to learn.

I also have insanity to try when I feel I’m ready to move up to it. I still haven’t been able to complete a “real” push up yet…so when I can accomplish that goal, I’ll move on to Insanity!!!

Well, I’m staying positive and really looking forward to improving myself in 2014! Happy New Year’s Y’all!


Taco Soup:
1lb cooked ground beef or shredded chicken
1 can pinto beans
2 cans black beans
1 can corn (drained)
1 can diced tomato (Hunt’s with onion is my favorite)
1 can rotel
1 packet ranch seasoning
1 packet taco bell taco seasoning

Mix all ingredients in a pot and heat to medium then reduce and simmer for 20-30 minutes

Jalapeno poppers:
20-25 jalapeno (seeded and sliced in half lengthwise)
1 package 8oz cream cheese
1/2 package of parmesan cheese
1 package of mild sausage

Cook and drain sausage. On low to medium heat add cream cheese and parmesan to cooked sausage. Mix until cheese is melted.
Spoon sausage mixture into jalapeno halves
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sausage is browned on top

Sopapilla Cheesecake:
2 packages crescent rolls
2 packages cream cheese
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a 13×9 greased pan roll out one package of crescent rolls
Mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar
Spread mixture over crescent rolls
Unroll other can of crescent rolls and spread over the top of mixture
Pour melted butter over the top and sprinkle with about 1/2 cup of cinnamon/sugar mixture
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

~Charity 🙂

Starting to get it now..checking in =)

So, it’s already been almost a year. That’s crazy to believe. I kept piddle farting around (my southern girl phrase of the day) about a healthier lifestyle and starting to exercise. Well, I just want to check in and say that I’m so happy to report that when I came back and looked at my goals, I was able to scratch off a few. I’ve lost 16lbs so far. I’ve really started to make permanent changes. Exercise is not a choice any more but just a part of my every day. I have been successfully going to the gym after work and the miracle that I know I’m committed to this now is that I’ve been getting up and exercising in the morning as well before work.

I purchased my new “toy”, the fitbit Force. Y’all, I love this thing! Its a bracelet that has a clock, counts my steps, miles, calories burned, flights of stairs, tracks my sleep and has a vibrating alarm. It has a screen so I can check it often to see where I’m at. I’ve set my goal for 10,000 steps a day, and so far I’ve only missed one day of that goal.

Even though I haven’t lost as much “weight” as I had hoped since making these changes, I have dropped a pants size. It was so nice to be able to go “shopping” in my closet and actually fit in a couple pairs I pulled down.

I just want to share that it has finally clicked that I’m not going to see any results and nothing’s going to change unless I actually put the work into it.

So, in signing off for now…I’m going to go take a walk and enjoy another beautiful day! 🙂

Have a great day everyone and make healthy choices! ~Charity