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I am Steph! I am a 30-something mom and wife. I am Bi-Polar. I am an Autism mom. I work full time outside the home. I overcommit myself every single day. I sometimes wonder how my husband puts up with me on a day to day basis. I have 2 children, one neuro-typical and one not so neuro-typical. I am a hot mess. I am Steph.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fat Girl Problems: My journey from fat girl to Runner Vol. 3

It's been a while since I have updated so I thought I would keep everyone in the loop!  As many of you know at the beginning of this month I started a 30 day challenge (Operation: LGN) with some online friends and we are nearing the end of our challenge!  Its a little bittersweet but we have decided to keep the group going so we will still be able to check in with each other and hold ourselves accountable!  With that being said, I wanted to share my "Before" picture that I took the day we started our challenge and a picture that I took tonight.  I was feeling some doubts that I was actually making progress but this picture just proves to me that my hard work is at least doing something!

I know its not much, but its MUCH more than I have ever been able to do before I started on this journey!  If you remember, I also started the C25K program about a week before we started our challenge.  I got to Week 4 of the 9 week program and then decided to start over at the beginning so that my sister could join me.  I have to say it was by far one of the best decisions I have made regarding my workouts!  When I first started I could barely jog 30 seconds let alone complete the entire day, we just finished our Week 1 and not only was I able to keep up with her (shes a skinny mini!) But I was able to complete it all!  I can't wait to see how far I get the farther we go in the program!  And it is just confirmation that I am actually making some progress towards my goal to become a runner!

Well, Ill end this since it is about 2am and I really should be sleeping but I was just too excited with my results to wait until tomorrow to share them with you!

I wish everyone a WONDERFUL Labor Day Weekend!  I personally plan to relax and spend time with my family, work out and eat healthier!

Until Next Time.....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Just Say No.....

To double chins.....I WILL have ONE chin and one chin only very SOON!! 

No Susan.....No they don't....

Until Next Time....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I feel like Im drowning in a sea of everything and I can't swim to the surface...... How do my fellow Moms keep it all together?

Friday, August 10, 2012

What I've learned since I started dealing with my Fat Girl Problems.

It's been almost a month since I have started working out consistently!  
Can I get a WHOOO HOOO!!!
And I am proud to say that I am still going strong!  
One of my fav Bloggers Jen started a 30 day workout challenge last week and of course we all know they needed a token "Fat Girl" to join the group! lol 
(just kidding....kinda....)
Well, I jumped at the chance to join the group, Operation LGN even though I was a little nervous to totally "put myself out there".  I did it....I uploaded my "Before" picture that night. Introduced myself and told a bit of my "Fat Girl Problems" story and left it at that.  I never in a million years thought that I would feel so loved, accepted and encouraged by a group of ladies (and one Tom) that I had never met!  In the past week we have checked in with pictures, workout plans, healthy recipes and funny or encouraging quotes! 
I have worked out 10 days in a row for at least 30 minutes each time!  And I feel like I am on fire!  I look forward to the evening when everyone goes to bed so I can take my C25K run/walk or ride my bike or work out on the Wii and I can honestly say I have NEVER felt excited to work out!  It truly is an awesome feeling and I am so thankful for all of the support I have gotten thus far! 

I wanted to end this blog post with a short list of things that I have learned since starting to work out, this seems to be a trial and error journey and although some things have been failures I have also found some things to be pretty comical after I think about it! So, here goes:

*I have learned that no matter what people say, when you are super fat, running down hill is not easier than running up hill.....It's all hard when you are carrying an extra 100lbs! 

*I have learned that you should never wear silk underwear and yoga pants if you want to keep you pants around your waist instead of your ankles while jogging. 

*I have learned that just because I couldn't do it a year ago doesn't mean that I can't do it now!

*I have learned that I need to buy a couple of sports bras before I start to run faster. 

*I have learned that when your stomach tells you that you really have to go to the bathroom.....don't keep jogging farther away from home....

*I have learned that sweat bands look really dumb on my head.

*And last but certainly not least, I have learned I CAN and I WILL do it.  
It may take me a while but it will happen! 

Until Next Time.....

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fat Girl Problems: My Journey from Fat Girl to Runner Vol.2

SO, I've started a workout log on the right sidebar of my blog.  I think I need it to hold myself accountable and to push me to try harder because I know that I can do it!  I've made some huge accomplishments this past week.  Firstly, I was able to pull both of my kids (Aprox. 60lbs) in the bike cart on my bike to my moms and back!  It was a total of 2.2 miles!  This is a HUGE accomplishment because the last time I tried to pull the bike cart Cady was around 2 years old and I couldn't do it.  I didn't even last 5 minutes let alone 2 miles!   To say that I was tired would be an understatement, but I was also ECSTATIC!  I have also been able to ride my bike (without kids) twice for 3 miles or more without stopping!  Tonight I pushed myself harder than ever and went 3.6 miles!  I should probably include that I have what is called a "Beach Cruiser" this is not your run of the mill mountain bike!  It is a cruiser, pedal brakes, no gears so to be able to pedal my fat ass is huge! 

The accomplishment I am most excited to share is that I entered into my second week of the Couch 2 5 K challenge!  Last week I wasn't even able to job through 60 full seconds.  I would go until about 40 seconds and have to stop.  Well, last night I went on my evening workout and changed my route a bit and I am proud to say that I was able to jog for the full 90 seconds EVERY time!  For those of you that don't know me, I am extremely overweight.  The last time I weighed myself (months ago) I was probably close to 280 so to say that I was able to jog for 90 seconds straight is HUGE.  I mean HUGE!  I have never been so proud of myself!  

I will end on a high note: I am feeling pretty good.  I am still tired a lot, I am still fat (lol) and I still don't eat as well as I should, but I feel better! 

Until Next Time....