Do yourself a favor…. a letter to myself

Dear Tamie,

Do yourself a favor. Please stop the mindless eating and meaningless stress in your life. You know you feel much better when you eat healthy, right?! When you take care of your body you feel energized, refreshed, and ready to take on the world! When you treat yourself like you have been by imbibing in chocolate, simple carbs, and soda you feel like a bag of garbage being dragged down the road. I think that this week long migraine you have had would make you see just what you are doing to your body! Yes, I will give you some credit. You have been relentlessly practicing Yoga which absolutely improves your mood and decrease stress but it isn’t enough to have only one area of your life on track. You need to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

Be relentless Tamie! Don’t give up! Wasn’t it Love for yourself that got you this far!? Don’t let your 100 pound loss be in vain. Please I beg of you, Love yourself enough to treat yourself right! I hate seeing you this way. I hate that you feel bad. If you love yourself you can conquer the world! don’t lose sight of your goal. Find what motivates you again. Even if it is simply making every single choice based on LOVE.

Don’t get complacent my dear. Just because you feel 1,000 times better than you did 3 years ago doesn’t mean you can’t improve at all. You can always strive to do better, to be your best self. I know you. I am you. What motivated you came to fruition and now you feel like there isn’t more to work for. There are goals that you still want to accomplish. Let the love you feel for yourself motivate you enough to accomplish them. Walk a half marathon, complete a triathlon, and run a 5k in turnout gear. Let LOVE be your strongest motivator. Your effort thus far is not meaningless. You have come this far. Now fly to to the moon!



Whilst writing this it reminded me of a previous blog post that I wrote about loving myself. I went back and read it again after I finished writing. If you are interested in reading it you can find it here.

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via Daily Prompt: Meaningless


Best Shot

I don’t have much to say other than I’m giving it another try tomorrow. I’m going to give it my best shot. Even if it takes me 10 years to successfully complete a Whole30, each try I learn something about myself. I get closer to my goal. Since I will be re-starting again I did weigh myself this morning. I have lost 3.8 pounds since my first attempt. See every try gets me somewhere and one of these times I will get to my goal.

Isn’t that really what this journey is all about?…. working towards a goal? Whether it’s a goal of being more active or a goal weight, we are all working towards something.

Breakfast- 3 eggs and 1 banana

Lunch- Venison back strap and Broccoli

Dinner- Paleo Steak fajitas

Snacks- I can’t even stand to admit what I’ve done



Currently: 263.2 pounds, reading Relentless Spirit, eating a lot of eggs, 16 month old is crazy, Mom life is hard but the best, overall mental status is good, need more exercise, sleep deprived always, anxiously awaiting spring, and loving women’s running mag


“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.” -Ann Wigmore

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.” -Ann Wigmore

I’m not sure if you have ever heard this quote before but I have and really never gave it too much thought.

Since about August I have been battling one sickness after the other. I have also been eating awful. I will eat really well for a few days then fall right back into old habits. A light went off and I realized that not treating my body right has left me susceptible to catching crap. This could also have something to do with the Baby Goobs being in daycare but honestly my body would be in a better place to fight this gunk if I was giving it the right nutrients.

When I was eating clean and healthy I was barely sick. No one is to blame but myself. Once you get off track it is very hard to get back on. I struggle just as much as the next person if not more lately.

Our bodies are complicated machines and run best when fueled with the proper nutrients. A diet that is high in processed foods leaves out many of the essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Leaving our immune systems open to attack.

I’ve said it a million times…. I’m going to….blah blah blah and not followed through. Well no more I’m going to. I ate clean and healthy today up to this point. I have a clean and healthy dinner planned for tonight. I am eating clean and healthy. I will continue to eat clean and healthy. My willpower has not been very strong. So please if you see me falter say something to me. I need to be called out.






















How much water is too much?

I drink a lot of water. On average I drink a half gallon (64 ounces) to a gallon or a bit more a day. You hear many things about how much water you should drink. Some recommend half your body weight in ounces a day; others say 64 ounces a day. The other day an ER Physician told me I should be careful with how much I am drinking because I could end up with water intoxication. This got me thinking….”how much water really is too much water”. I decided to explore this.

What is water intoxication? Water intoxication happens when one drinks a very large amount of water in a short amount of time and flushes too much sodium out of the blood stream (WebMD, 2016). So how much is too much? According to WebMD, 2016 you would have to drink “An enormous amount. Gallons and gallons of water.” To make sure you are adequately hydrated you should take a look at your urine. If your urine is light yellow or colorless you are properly hydrated (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Also gauge your thirst. If you rarely feel thirsty you are hydrating well (Mayo Clinic, 2016).

Water intoxication is rare and the benefits of drinking water are so vast that I believe drinking too much is not something that I should concentrate on.


Flushes toxins out of your body

Keeps your skin healty and hydrated

Help keeps you full which helps with weight loss

Prevents muscle cramping

These are just a few of the benefits of drinking water and keeping hydrated. Remember your body is made up of mostly water and can’t carry out it’s normal functions without it!

Drink up!!



Water: How much should you drink every day?
When You Drink Too Much Water Too Fast, What Can Happen? (n.d.). Retrieved February 03, 2016, from



Flavors, rest days, and the future

I just finished reading the memoir “It was me all along” By Andie Mitchell. It was a wonderful book. Reading about someone who has already experienced some of the things that I am was eye-opening. One of the things that the author wrote about was making food special and taking the time to really enjoy what you are eating. This has really stuck with me. I have realized that in the rush of life the speed in which I eat is crazy. I rush my meals at work because we are busy, at home I rush so that I can get back to what I was doing, and on school days I rush because I’m on the road. I want to start taking time to savor my meals, to really taste the flavors, and appreciate the food I make. This will give my body time to “fill” up. I don’t want to only see food as fuel for my body but I want to really experience my food. Time to slow down and love the food I choose.

On another note, finally after 10 days in a row of exercise took 2 rest days. I miss my physical activity and can’t wait until I can work out tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be leading some women in a workout. I’m so excited! This is what I want to do with my life (and being an RN)! I feel like things are lining up and falling in place. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!


Lately I have worn my fitbit, religiously tracked my calories, and recorded my workouts. All my apps link together and I love it! I can clearly see how everything I do ties together. Here are some screen shots from the last few days….10885119_10205697296177436_7225196117547126761_n 10897090_1584385741798561_8979652591338671090_n 10885577_10205655724218163_5919611319907877134_n 10462535_1583043875266081_2085786509190399955_n

I have done so well and it is an amazing feeling. This is the first time I have actually really gotten into using my fit bit and it’s worth it.

No Fried November

I am declaring November, NO Fried November! I have eaten too many deep-fried foods and basically sabotaging myself. No longer will I let deep-fried foods have a hold over me! I am cleansing my body in the month of November. That I have to do this is angering me.  I was doing so good not eating deep-fried foods and then BAM! I just started eating them again. I urge you all to join me! No more fries! No more cheese curds!nofried3