Monday, October 25, 2010

Mamavation Monday 10/25

This post is going to be short and sweet.

This week was pretty good for me. My eating was pretty good except for dinner yesterday (we were celebrating my dad's birthday).

I'm not going to get bent out of shape over one less than perfectly healthy meal. One dinner isn't going to make me or break me :)

I've been considering joining a CSA this upcoming year and found one here where I can get produce, eggs, beef, and chicken for a little over $800 (for April-October). That comes out to about $30 a week. We definitely spend more than that on those items at the store every week. Right now I'm thinking "why would anyone NOT do this?"

If you've joined a CSA in the past, what did you like/dislike about it?

Here's my scale pic for the week:

I lost 2 lbs
! w00t!!

Thanks once again to Subway for sponsoring Mamavation this week! They're giving away a $50 gift card from Lulu Lemon, a green Gaiam gym bag and yoga mat

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Random Parent

Dear Random Parent:

When I'm out walking my dog at 11:00 at night waiting for her to take a crap, the last thing I expect is to see a 3 or 4 year old wandering around ALONE.

Logically, I asked the child if he knew where his house was BECAUSE I WANTED HIM TO RETURN SAFELY.

I would appreciate it if the next time I find your toddler wandering around at night since he "does it all the time" your redneck ass doesn't accuse me of suspicious activity. Asking your son where he lives is in no way an attempt to break into your house. I was trying to return him.

Also, please don't get in my face about how my dog licked your kid. Unlike you, I'm a responsible adult and am aware that my dog has never and would never bite anyone. She's the friendliest dog I know. PS - your kid was laughing and having fun with her.

Lastly, I do not recommend you let your child who isn't even old enough to be in kindergarten roam around ALONE, AT NIGHT. That's just stupid.

I sincerely hope you get your act together for the sake of your child. If I ever see him roaming around alone at night again, I WILL call CPS.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is This How Lindsay Lohan Feels Everytime She's In the Tabloids?

To my Mamavation Sistas-

Thank you SO MUCH for the continued support throughout the past few days. Yall mean more to me than you'll ever know.

As for the twitter idiot: they apparently weren't the brightest crayon in the box and a few of their tweets pretty much confirmed my suspicions as to who they are.

They are NOT a member of the Mamavation Sistahood (as if any of you would ever say those things!).

Unfortunately, when I was campaigning to be the next Mamavation Mom, this let pretty much everyone I know "in real life" what I was doing. Although 99.9999% of those people were supportive, ONE was not. It's really a shame how one person makes everyone else look bad.

This person was not a current friend, although we do have many mutual acquaintances.

I deeply apologize that my campaigning brought all of this unnecessary drama to the mamavation hashtag on Twitter. Again, thank you ALL for your love and support.

I'd like to say that I didn't let this person get the better of me, but lots of what they said (whether true or false) stirred up the same feelings I've had since I was a little girl. Nothing like someone preying on your weak spots to make you feel a little insecure.

Hopefully in a few days, I'll be prepared to show that person how WRONG they are. For now I'm just trying to wrap my head around why someone would say such terrible things.

If you have any concerns regarding anything this person tweeted out, please let me know.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mamavation Monday 10/17/2010

Hello ladies!

So, this week has been a little bananas. I've been busy with getting things straightened out for school, tests, and TRYING not to stress over this Mamavation campaign on top of the usual stuff.

I took a little time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend and it was FABULOUS!

Here's this week's scale pic:

I've lost 2 lbs since last week!

This is also my official starting weight for the Move It & Lose It Challenge (if I'm not selected as a Mamavation Mom)

I also must take the time out to apologize to my mother since she was mortified that her daughter posted pictures last week without taking that toe nail polish off. Sorry again, Mom.

Here are my before pics:

Any my measurements:

Bust: 42"
Waist: 41"
Hips: 50"
Rt Arm: 19.5"
Lt Arm: 19.25"
Rt Thigh: 30"
Lt Thigh: 31"


Honestly, seeing the rather horrifying pictures of me (and posting them for the world to see) reminds me of WHY I started Mamavation in the first place. I saw pictures of me at my sister's wedding and was so upset not only out how BIG I was, but by the fact that these are my sister's wedding pictures that will be around forever.

I felt like a giant sore thumb that just stuck out and ruined all of her wedding pictures. It might seem trivial to some, but it was devastating to me.

I'm going to try to not let this get me down, and just use it as a motivating factor for what I'm here to do: GET HEALTHY!

I did my EA Sports Active workout on Saturday and it was a LOT harder than I was anticipating. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it kicked my butt! I also did 150 jumping jacks every day which definitely got my heart racing and did 150 mountain climbers 3 days this week. On top of that, I bit the bullet and started Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred again. That woman is going to kill me!

Good luck to all the other finalists! Can't wait to see who's chosen to be the next Mamavation Mom! Don't forget to join us at the Twitter party Monday night from 8pm-10pm EST. You can RSVP here

PS - Polls close for voting for the next Mamavation Mom on Monday at 9pm EST. If I inspire you, motivate you, make you giggle, or even if I make you cringe, please take the time to go VOTE FOR ME HERE. <3

Monday, October 11, 2010

$50 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

Enter to win a $50.00 (USD) Visa gift card!

All you have to do is VOTE for me (@CJinKY) over at to be the next Mamavation Mom.


As a healthy living bootcamp, Mamavation™ is an opportunity for two moms (Mamavation™ Moms) to change their lives together by entering into a 7 week healthy living boot camp created to give them the tools they need to succeed. The will receive a professional nutritional plan created by Cynthia Pasquella @CPasquella and a fitness program created by Tracey Mallett. They will also receive Earth Footwear, an EA SPORTS Active, Tracey Mallett and Tae Bo DVDs. The program was created and is managed by @bookieboo, with the goal of teaching moms how to live life better. The Mamavation™ campaign plans to give them the tools they need to succeed, in hopes that they will create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Then tweet out the following message:

"Vote for @CJinKY to be the next #Mamavation Mom and enter to win a $50 Visa Gift Card #Giveaway Pls RT"

Then come back here, let me know you voted, and link your tweet. That's it! You can vote once from your computer and once from your phone, so if you do both that's a maximum of two entries.

Note: This Giveaway *is* available to those outside of the US, but the $50 is in USD and Visa will charge a 3% international transaction fee.

*offer only valid if I'm selected

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mamavation Monday 10/11/10

So let's start off with the scale picture:

Please disregard the chipped nail polish.

So, I can't say for sure what's up with this weight. I figured I gained weight over the past few weeks...but some of the weight being registered may or may not have to do with the fact that I had to buy a new scale because my old one was destroyed when my apartment flooded.


This new scale is actually pretty crappy and I may or may not return it and get another. I haven't decided yet.

The Good:

I actually ran this week. TWICE! I really am not a fan of cardio unless it involves dancing around like a crazy person (see my post on this here) because I can't seem to get my breathing under control. I have to stop and catch my breath WAY before my muscles tire. Is this normal?

Regardless, I powered through two runs that were approximately a mile. The distance isn't fabulous, but it's a push for me and that's all that matters.

The Bad:

This past week was better with what I ate, but still not spectacular. I didn't gorge on fast food or anything, but my choices could have been better. This will be my focus this week.

The Ugly:

This morning, I tried mixing some greek yogurt, cottage cheese, peaches, and pumpkin pie spice for breakfast. It tasted great, but I could NOT get over the texture of the cottage cheese (I don't think I had ever tried cottage cheese before today). I tried eating it slowly, fastly, in big bites, etc. I just couldn't get past it. I think I'll have nightmares about those chewy, lumpy curds in my teeth. Someone suggested I use an immersion blender to blend it into a smoother texture, so I may try that once I get over my PTSD from the incident this morning. More than likely I'll just skip the cottage cheese and use greek yogurt only.

Other News:

Subway is this week's blogging carnival sponsor for Mamavation. They're giving away an iPod which would be FABULOUS since mine just bit the dust.

As of right now, the finalists for the Mamavation campaign haven't been announced. Good luck to everyone else who applied! If you haven't yet, please take a few minutes to view my application video here.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cardio the Fun Way (aka How To Make an Ass Out of Yourself) some people think standard cardio workouts are fun. Running, ellipticals, cycling, etc. I am not one of those people.

Don't get me wrong, I love the feeling I have after a cardio session. In fact, in my state of semi-unconscious, out-of-breath delirium, I think to myself, "I should totally do that again!"

However, I do not consider cardio to be fun. I think it's great (and by great, I mean that I'm insanely jealous and envious) that some people do...but I just can't become a crazy fanatic. Taking out years of pent up aggression and beating the crap out of something (aka kickboxing) is more my thing. After years of doing kick-lines Rockettes style in my dance classes, I best be putting all that money spent on lessons to good use!

Anyway, I have discovered a way that cardio CAN be fun.

(Note: I am not a personal trainer by any means. I don't even look like one. I look more like I ate one. Please do NOT consider this to be professional work-out advice. This is simply something I do because I enjoy it.)

Last Christmas, my friend Amanda and I were putting up a tree and listening to some ultra-awesome Christmas music. At one point in between randomly tossing tinsel around and trying not to break any of the hot pink bulbs, the planets aligned, clouds parted, angels started to sing, and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas" came on.

So what can two ladies do during such a heavenly moment? That's right my friends...


Amanda and I danced and danced and danced until we were both sweating, red in the face, and completely out of breath. It then struck me what a fantastic work-out this could be. Ever since then, when I'm just not in the mood to do anything serious (which is always) I'll load my iTunes, select an upbeat playlist, grab my 3 lb weights, and proceed to make a complete jackass out of myself.

Jumping on the couch, shaking what my mama gave me, and pumping my arms with the weights until I just can't do it anymore.

It's fabulous.

(Another note: If you DO decide to do this, please be careful. Although I'm overweight and you wouldn't know it by my moves, I have had professional dance training and am fully aware of how much I can stretch and fling my limbs in a ridiculous manor before hurting myself. Also...much like Wii controls...beware to NOT throw the weights through any expensive items. DO NOT BE THAT PERSON.)

I'm also about 107% positive that my neighbors are now terrified of me. I consider that an added bonus.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mamavation Application Video

Hello ladies!

Here is my video application to become the next Mamavation Mom

So, basically I want to be the next Mamavation Mom because I am SICK AND TIRED of being overweight. I've been overweight my whole life, and have finally decided it's time to turn my life around. I've lost about 20 pounds since May, but I still have about 100 more pounds.


I seriously need help getting this weight loss kicked into high gear. Please show your support for me by tweeting this out:

Hey @bookieboo! I want @CJinKY to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She has my support!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mamavation Monday 10/4

Hello ladies!

So, I have been decidedly absent from my blog and twitter for about a week and a half now. On September 23, my beautiful nephew was I've been spending a lot of time soaking up his love.

Also, last apartment flooded due to some piece of plumbing rusting through and falling off. I had just finished taking my state SRNA exam (which went well) when I checked my voicemail and found out about the water. For the time being, we're staying with my parents until they get the carpets dry, cleaned, and checked for mold and mildew.

Luckily nothing that important and expensive was destroyed, but my scale wasn't so fortunate so I'm not sure what I weigh. I'm getting a new scale at some point this week (probably soon), so I'll probably weigh myself on that weight...and do any weight losses in the future from that point.

I'm honestly not that upset about the scale because 1. It was cheap...not some fancy, expensive kind. 2. I know I've gained weight

Between eating whatever was served in the cafeteria in the hospital while my sister was being induced and in labor (two and a half days total) and then coming to stay with my parents (home cooked southern food) and a schedule flipped upside down there's no way I DIDN'T gain. Perhaps the scale made an all-loving self sacrifice so I wouldn't have to stand on it and know the horror this week. That's the story I'm sticking too.

Hope you all have a great week! Thanks to Subway for once again sponsoring Mamavation this week.