And So It Begins….

I have lost my mind. Okay, I am exaggerating a bit but I am officially going to start the Beach Body 21 Day Challenge next week! I can’t believe that I am going to try this. I never do anything other than Weight Watchers to lose weight.  But I really need help and fast.  I was going to do Weight Watchers again but a good friend talked me into joining her on this journey! Well she didn’t have to convince me too much since I desperately need to lose at least 35 lbs before the summer and this looked like an awesome way to start.  So over the next 21 days I will be trying out Shakeology, doing daily exercise programs and filling these gorgeous color coded containers with healthy foods!  Say a pray that I make it through. It must be good because I heard that the program is already sold out / on back order!

I will try and blog about my journey but if I don’t get around to doing posts, I will keep you all up to date on Facebook {Erin the Irish Mama}

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And I can’t believe that I am going to do this but I am going to show you a before picture.  Not today so don’t get too excited to make fun of my fatty pants over here! I just haven’t had a moment to ask the hubby to snap off some horrible pre pics of me yet.  But when I do, you will see what 3 c-sections in less than 6 years can do to a body.  Not to mention that I carried 2 babies that were well over 9lbs and one that was over 10lbs.  So my body was stretched to the max.  I took this the morning that I had Owen 2 1/2 months ago {and my body still hasn’t recovered}.

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It’s not pretty but it’s what I am up against. I am determined to get back into shape.  I may never wear a bikini again and I may not be a size 4 but if I can be healthy and fit back into my smaller clothes than I will be happy!  This was my 3rd and final pregnancy and I tried my best not to gain a ton of weight but I knew it was the last time I would ever have an excuse to have one more oreo or one more slice of pizza.  Those excuses need to end now!  But don’t worry I LOVE food so I am never going to be that person that always eats healthy. I love my pizza and tacos way too much!

PS. Oh and in case you were wondering, I am not being paid or compensated to try this diet.  I didn’t get free samples or a trial deal.  This is all on me! I just thought I would keep a journal of my journey to share with you all.  I did this the last time that I was trying to lose weight and I wanted to do it again.  It’s just another form of accountability. If I have to report into you guys and show pictures then maybe I will try just a little bit harder and I won’t reach for that bag of chips.  I’m just thankful that I am starting after this weeks snow storm.

Wish me luck!

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30 Days of Thanks – November 8th

Day #8 – November 8th

Today I am thankful for the beauty of last nights snow. Mother nature has been a real pain the ass this past month but there’s nothing like a few inches of snow that makes you forget (even if just for a moment) that nature can be beautiful. I know people are still going through so much right now and are still without power (even we lost power again yesterday) but there’s just something about the look on your kids faces when they wake up in the morning and see the first snow of the season.  Of course this means a day at home with the kids since their school was cancelled but I am hoping we can get a little outdoor play time in before it all melts.

I will continue to pray for those still suffering from Sandy and I know that they did not need this storm on top of everything else that they are going through. I won’t forget about them and will continue to keep them in my thoughts.


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