What Are You Thankful For?

Hello everyone!

So thanksgiving is over!  First, I am thankful for the people that are closest to me!  I am thankful that I went to the gym on Thanksgiving!  I didn’t over eat or even eat anything that wasn’t really good for me that day.  Please don’t ask about the rest of the weekend though!  I enjoyed my weekend with some the people I love the most!  It did include some eating and I did allow treats!  I don’t regret it and I refuse to shame myself for it.  I am back on track with my eating at every next choice I make.  I hit the gym today and did strength training.  We do the best we can and sometimes we go out of our way and other times we don’t try as hard.  I am here to say we are all human!  We need to enjoy life!  If having a bowl of ice cream is your thing or extra gravy on your mashed potatoes makes you happy then go for it!  Just make a promise to yourself that the next food choice you make will be a good one!  The only person you should hold accountable is you!  The only person you should be making promises is to yourself!

I am making a promise to myself to make the best food choices and hit the gym at least 5 days a week.  What promises are you making to yourself?


I am thankful for everyone of you that take the time to read my blog! xo


One week down!

IMG_20171013_202814434.jpgOne full week has gone by and 2 lbs down.  I am so proud of myself!  I have kept my commitment to the gym even when all of me didn’t want to go.  I worked hard at the gym so I could eat some of the things I really wanted!  The weekend came and went and I stayed on track regardless of what life through at me.  Negative news normally has me eating my feelings but I kept that in check!  When I am at the gym and I am exhausted feeling like I can’t possibly go on I get through it in 5 minute blocks.  I keep pushing no matter what.  I struggled getting back into the gym and feeling like people there are judging me for the weight gained but I know that I am proud of myself for getting back and working hard.  This journey is not always fast but very rewarding.  See your way to loving yourself enough to start your journey.  You are worth it!

I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast or yogurt and fruit.  I enjoy veggies and eggs too.  Lunch is sometimes hard because of my busy routine but I make a shake or sandwich that I can always have with me.  Snacks I plan and pack to eat on the go.  Dinner I try to plan as best I can.  It is just me so its not as much fun to cook a big meal.  I have learned that if I cook that the leftovers are a great way to eat healthy during the week or freeze for another time.  I would like to share with you a dinner I recently made.  I cooked chicken in coconut oil spray with my favorite seasonings.  I roasted butternut squash and red onion with coconut oil and some grapeseed oil.  I made these amazing protein bowls by cooking organic brown rice and layering it with black beans, the roasted veggies and chicken.  I topped it with guacamole.  My first bite was heaven!  I hope you try these or make a version of it with stuff you love!  I will try to add a picture from my phone.

Thank you to all of my followers for reading and a special thank you to all that commented on my first post!  Your love and support means to much to me!

My Journey

So its been a while!  I am sorry about that first off!  Honesty on this journey is most important!  My journey took me back to some of my bad habits.  One of which is putting others before me and emotional eating.  Since my last post I have gone through many things.  I will share with you just a few.  I have divorced and now am a single mom of two.  I moved twice and am currently taking care of a parent with cancer.  That all said I stopped going to the gym as much because of my busy schedule keeping up with three part-time jobs, children, a house to upkeep and cancer!  Notice I am not on that list.

When I chose to change my lifestyle and begin my journey I put myself before everyone else.  I was able to loose over 50 pounds and tone up.  I was happy with my weightloss and new found body.  Of course many felt the need to judge me.  They told me how skinny I was and that I needed to gain weight.  I allowed their judgement to get to me.  So much so that I tried very hard to gain weight without any avail.  I turned to eating junk.  I started to  become addicted again to the junk.  I began gaining weight of course and then the emotional eating began with my family member being diagnosed with cancer.  So today I am writing this because the other night I decided I have to get back on track.  I can’t keep wishing it and talking about it.

The start for me was getting back to my “church” the gym!  I went back and went hard!  I have been doing HIIT programs on the treadmill everyday.  It hurts and I look like someone dunked me in a pool but I am there and I am pushing myself!  The food!  The food is the hardest part!  I downloaded an APP called Lose It!  Check it out!  I needed to hold myself accountable.  It shows me that I can’t keep making these poor decisions with my food!  I have been inputting all of my food and with my workouts for the most part I have not been too hungry.  Being hungry is part of it though because I have stretched my stomach out with overeating.  As I have said many of times before this is not a diet this is a journey.  My journey showed me that the inner fat girl in me is very much there.  It has also shown me that I am strong!  Strong enough to admit where I went wrong and change it before I look at myself in the mirror and am back to over 200 lbs!  I am 40 years old now and I have to say this extra weight I am carrying doesn’t look horrible on me.  I do know for me and my comfortablity I need to gain control of the eating, loose some weight and begin to tone up.  This will make me feel better.  I am the only one that matters on this journey!  This journey for me is the same as it always was before but I plan to focus much more on not allowing others judgement to get to me.  If I am happy in my skin their opinions don’t matter!

Don’t ever give up on yourself!  If you want to make changes to your body or your eating habits you can!  You will when your are ready!  Love yourself!  Love yourself more than you love anyone else!  I love my children and my dad more than you can imagine but more than that I love myself!  As a woman in this day and age we need to build one another up!  We need to share our journey!  We need to be strong for one another!  This is your journey…what are you going to do with it?

Jump Start

Some of us just need a push.  Need something to give us a jump start.  As you have heard me say a million times this is a journey.  That it is.  Everyone’s journey is unique!  I have take many of diet pills in my lifetime.  Some with success and other a complete waste of money.  I believe if you are going to commit to eating healthy and adding exercise to your routine you can achieve great results.  I know that some of us need a push or need to see results fast to keep on track.  If you are looking for a supplement to take and you live in Ocean or Monmouth county please check out Slim Fit X.  They are an amazing shop that will even provide when available a sample of the supplement so you can see if it works for your body.  Check out their website!  http://www.jerseyshoresupplements.com/  They have a store in Brick and one in Bradley Beach.

No judgement for take a supplement!  Whatever it take to start and stay on your journey is how you should get started.  To stay on this journey you will need to learn how to shop, cook and make good healthy food decisions.  Adding exercise will only enhance and speed up your results.

Because You Can!!


What motivates you?  What keeps your motivated?  We all wish it was easy to lose weight and get into an exercise routine.  There has to be something that motivates us.  Is it that your clothes don’t fit?  Is it what someone said to you or how they looked at you?  It really doesn’t matter what it was that brought you to this journey.  It is what keeps you motivated to stay on this journey.  It is NOT a diet.  It is a journey to a healthier you.  It is a fitness and healthy food journey.  Learning how to do what is your normal routine of shopping and cooking will be your first hurtle.  You crave what you know.  Your mind and body needs to be retrained.  You have to learn what is healthy and what good portion sizes are.  Finding different ways to cook that are healthy and new recipes that will be exciting.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.  Dreaded exercise…I say dreaded because so many people tell me they don’t know how to get started.  Just start by moving!  Take the dog for a extra long walk.  Use half of your lunch hour and take a walk around your work parking lot.  Join a gym that works for your life.  Make sure its affordable, that you are comfortable there, they have a childcare so you can commit to going without excuses.  Don’t be intimidated.  Walk into the gym and be confident.  Hop on a machine push the green start button and start moving.  Commit to staying on the machine a little longer every time.  Put the resistance up as you get into a routine.

I used to reward myself with food.  I still do occasionally but before you can start with food rewards you have to meet your weight loss goals and really be in a good head space about your journey so you can have perspective.  In the beginning that is just not something that is easy.  No cheat days!  Let your reward for weight loss be to get higher goals and set aside money to buy yourself a article of clothing or fun piece of inexpensive costume jewelry.  Reward yourself with time..set aside some time to just sit and watch a mindless show, read a book or take a bubble bath!  This journey you are embarking upon can be so rewarding!  Just stay the course and if you veer off get right back on track.  Don’t let any time go by…not a minute!  The longer your off track the more weight you put back on or gain and gaining is so much easier than taking if off!  I believe in you!


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Stop thinking about it! Just start!



So we are about to go into March…I can smell spring:)  Spring means we are that much closer to wearing less clothes!  No more baggy sweaters and sweats!  Get on track.  If your journey has remained on track then I say keep on keeping on.  Don’t forget to switch up your workout routines for the best results.  I switch up my routines every month to month and a half.  Right now I am focusing on glutes and abs.  I add cardio and arms in but my main focus is glutes and abs.  Find your target areas on your body that you want to work on and work on perfecting exercises to get you to your goals.

Don’t hide behind your sweaters anymore.  Get your diet right!  This is a journey.  Remember even if you have gotten off track its ok!  Just take every opportunity to get back on track.  Don’t say I will start tomorrow.  If you realize your off track the next thing you put in your mouth should be the start to getting back on your journey.  It starts with picking the right foods to cook.  Preparing your foods so you don’t set yourself up for failure when time gets in the way.  Commit to exercise!  If you exercise the weight will come off quicker.  If you have an injury or reason your can’t workout than your food has to be on point!  Follow me on pinterest!  I have a board for healthy recipes and a board for exercise routines.  I know how difficult it can be know what to cook or how to cook so if you follow me you will see I have tried several recipes on my board.  Drink your water and if you haven’t tried it yet try drinking hot green tea each day.

My pinterest name is Meghan Woodruff

A new year a new you?

So it’s been a while.  Sorry about that!  It is a new year and many make resolutions or promises to themselves.  A lot about weight loss and fitness.  Don’t set yourself up for failure!  Do the research…don’t be lazy!  You can only change if you do the research and pick and choose what will actually work with your lifestyle.  Get on the internet, go to the library!  Read up on recipes, find out how many calories you should be taking in to lose the weight you want.  Read up about different programs that you can apply to your life.  Find out what foods you should be eating.  The only way it will work to lose weight and keep it off is to learn how to shop, cook and eat healthy.  Learn balance so you can enjoy the things you love but still stay on a healthy journey.

Fitness is another key factor to this journey.  You will lose the weight faster if you incorporate some sort of fitness to your daily life.  Everyone has a level that they need to begin at.  If money is an issue and you can’t join the gym then get outside and walk, go to the mall and walk.  See if your cable network offers exercise programs.  Find alternatives to the exercises or moves to fit your level.  No excuses!

Drink your water!  Half your body weight in water a day!

Because you can!