Category Archives: daily life

Help our Relay for Life team!

This is my 5th year participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Two years ago I was the top fundraiser for our Relay and last year I was second, but I raised over $2500, which was a personal best for me.

I’m well on my way now, but sitting just over $400, so I need your help.

Right now, I have two options to enlist your help.

Option #1 – Go straight to my page and make a donation

Option #2 – Purchase some cute jewelry from Origami Owl and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our team.
The online party is only open until Friday, February 28th at 11:59 pm, so get your order in today.

Thank you in advance.

Together we can Finish the Fight against Cancer!kress09_2825 (2)

Day 4 – Believe in Yourself

I did not eat enough yesterday.  I knew I was short a red container, but completely forgot that I was short a yellow container.  I could have had some crackers at the party last night or maybe a couple of chips.  But I was good and avoided the cake like the plague and only dipped two small strawberry slices in the chocolate fondue.

Workout – Pilates I have never tried Pilates before.  I’ve heard people talk about it, but didn’t really know what kind of exercises it included.  I must admit I enjoyed it this morning and it kicked my booty.  I’m still having to modify the exercises, but I feel that as long as I complete them correctly, then it’s okay.  Hopefully, before the 21 days are up, I will be able to do some of the exercises without modifications.

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 Banana
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology
Morning Snack: Carrots
Lunch: Turkey slices, crackers, broccoli, avocado
Afternoon Snack: plain yogurt with blueberries
Snack: Unsalted Sunflower Kernels
Dinner: broiled flounder, brown rice and carrots

Day 3 – If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

Day 3 is here and it’s Hump Day.  The soreness in my legs is still there and I’m sure I’ll really feel it later since this morning was Lower Body Fix.  I am not a fan of lunges and there were so many this morning, but I pushed through.

I’m not as tired this morning, so I’m not falling asleep at my desk right now.  We’ll see what happens this afternoon.

Workout – Lower Body Fix
Pre-workout snack – 1/2 banana
Breakfast – Strawberry Shakeology with coconut
Morning Snack – Carrots
Lunch – Turkey Slices, Crackers, Broccoli and avocado
Afternoon Snack – Greek Yogurt with Strawberries
Dinner – had a fundraising party and so didn’t have a real meal.  But thankfully, I took a veggie tray to the party and was able to fill one green container with broccoli and tomatoes.  I had a couple of olives and two strawberry slices.

I was short on protein and complex carbs, but I didn’t get home until 10:30 which was too late for me to eat anything else.

I will do better on Day 4.

Day 2 – it doesn’t get easier, you get better

Yesterday’s Total Body Cardio workout is still kicking my ass today.  I can barely move my legs or sit down.  This morning’s workout was upper body fix and I’m feeling okay right now.  I’m sure by tomorrow morning my arms will be hurting just in time to work on the legs. 

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 Banana
Breakfast: Vanilla Shakeology
Morning snack: Carrots
Lunch: Turkey slices, whole-grain crackers and mustard
Afternoon snack: Greek Yogurt with blackberries
Dinner: Lean ground beef tacos in corn tortillas topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese with olives on the side.

It was a good day and I feel pretty full. This morning I was super tired and I’m hoping I can get some more energy.


Day 1 – One Day at a Time

WO: 30 minutes Total Body Cardio

S: 1/2 banana
B: chocolate shakeology with coconut
S: 10 baby carrots
L: 6 turkey slices, 8 whole-grain crackers, broccoli and avocado
S: Greek yogurt and blueberries
D: 2 scrambled eggs, mushrooms in corn tortillas

I had over 100 oz of water.
Also had tea with 2 teaspoons of stevia in the raw and lemon juice. Still fighting the caffeine headaches, but I’m doing ok.

The workout kicked my butt this morning and my legs have felt like jello all day, but it’s a good feeling.

Tomorrow is upper body. I’m excited, but I think my arms are nervous.

21 Days

They say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and 21 days to start a new habit.

Well, I’m putting that theory to the test.  I’m participating in Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix Challenge.

The challenge helps in figuring out the right foods to eat and in the right portions and also fitting in 30 minutes of exercise every day.

I received an eating plan, shakeology (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) and also these cute little containers.  They represent correct portions.

Also in the package, but not pictured – Workout DVDs – a different 30 minute workout for every day of the week and a Shakeology shaker.

Yesterday, I made my meal plan and went grocery shopping.  It was a new experience to only shop the outside of the store.  We are so used to buying quick and convenient meals and go up and down every aisle and throw all kinds of crap in the basket.  This was the first time that our basket had a ton of fruits and veggies.  As soon as we got home, I went about preparing the fruit and veggies, so they were quick to eat.  I even divided up the yogurt into individual servings, so everything is ready.

Now I’m going to put myself out there and include my before pictures and measurements.  I’m going to use my blog as a journal for the next 21 days and I think the only way to truly be accountable is to include this information.

Weight – 170.2 pounds
Waist – 37.5 inches
Hips – 43 inches
Chest – 38.8 inches
Right Arm – 11.5 inches
Left Arm – 12 inches
Right Thigh – 23.5 inches
Left Thigh – 23 inches

I hope you’ll follow me on my journey and if you are interested in more information in the 21 Day Fix, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll put you in contact with my friend and coach, Amanda.

The Placebo Effect

If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

A painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment?  I think I would create a cure for cancer.

I know cancer has so many facets, but I wish it was something that we could easily treat.

Creating it now would have no effect on my past, but it would definitely change all of our futures.  A cure now would not bring my mom back or my grandparents.

It would not change my medical history because I’ve already been down that cancer road, but hopefully it’s one I do not have to go down again.

Changing the world for my daughter’s future is every parents’ dream.  Don’t we want to leave a better place for them.  I can’t think of any better gift than a world without cancer.

What would you create a cure for?

Searching Online

What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?

Just this morning we were searching for funny team names for our Color Me Rad team.

When we did this in February, we were separated into girls vs. boys and decided we just wanted to have one team.

There are some pretty crazy team names out there.

Here are some that we didn’t choose, but we thought were hilarious:

  • The Fast, The Slow, and The Pretty
  • Tight Butts & Sweaty Nuts
  • Chicks & Dicks
  • Babes & Bandits
  • Dye Running

We finally settled on Do or Dye.

The run is February 22 in Corpus Christi, TX, so that gives me plenty of time to work up to a 5K.


Day 4 – Character

Who is your favorite character of all time?

I have a hard time picking a favorite character of all time.  On any favorites, I’m quick to pick something that I’ve watched, read, eaten, etc. recently.

I do have a few movies that if you were to ask me my favorite, I would tell you Dirty Dancing, Grease, Coyote Ugly and Sweet Home Alabama every time, but I may also throw in something I’ve seen recently.

I’ve been pondering characters and trying to decide who I would pick as my favorite character of all time and I really cannot come up with one.

How about you?  Who is your favorite character?