Tiffany’s Updates

Tiffany, Week #22: What We Usually Forget When Setting Goals


People have asked me: “How do you do it?”  My response is: “How do you eat an elephant?” I usually get blank stares back followed by an awkward silence. Then I add: “One bite at a time.”

For me, the question isn’t “How do you do it?” but “What do you do once you’re done?” I know all too well about setting a big goal, achieving it and then finding myself in the middle of the road thinking, “Now what?” All the glory is gone and just stuck. This happened to me in a very big way last year.

Back in 2010, my good friend Jenny encouraged me to go out on a freezing cold October morning and volunteer for a marathon. My job was to take off racing chips and hand out medals to the finishers. I saw the joy and pain in the runners. I also noticed some women who I was shocked to see finishing this race. I had just started writing my own blog because this weight loss journey I’ve been on has been on track for years. So I decided shortly after the marathon I volunteered at that I was going to do a half marathon. In October 2010 I was tipping the scales somewhere on the 270 range. I’m only 5′ 3″ so all that on my frame is way too much.

In the year I trained for the race I got down to 227. In the process of training I developed what is called jumpers knee and had to cancel a lot of the races I signed up for because my sports medicine doctor was not going to let me run in the races. I was devastated and I was a crying mess but I was determined to finish the half marathon. I spent all summer in physical therapy and was released to do a run-walk routine for the half.

I completed the race and I had no other plan in front of me and just like in the past I packed the weight back on. I experienced what’s called “post race blues.” I didn’t fail, I met my goals. But where I did fall short was making a future plan. I still had all this weight to lose but no plan of how to get it off because I was tired. Training can be exhausting if you let it.

Plan for success, plan for fun, plan for work. Just like in everything if you have a plan of action, passion and a willingness to accept constructive feedback then you have no choice but to be successful. This life and my weight loss journey is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Just like being a good wife, mother and friend you have to respect, listen, seek information and be willing to do things you really don’t feel like doing but in the end you’ll look back and be so thankful for the experience.

I am so thankful for my post race blues. It taught me that how important having a plan is.

What do you need to make a plan for right now? Post a comment and tell me!

Tiffany, Week #21: Can We Have It All?


I say YES! In this game of weight loss and living a healthy life, getting to the gym and making low-cal meals takes time. Time away from your significant other, children, housework and extended family. How do I manage all that is on my plate and still have time to work out and be healthy? In a word…Partnership.

Andy and I have partnered with one another and have unwavering support for the other in this journey. Not just with in the Family Circle challenge but in life. We realize what we have to lead and its good for Anna and Jack to see us make time to do all that we have to and maintain good health and loss the excess energy.

Weight loss success also takes commitment. You have to be so committed to your goals and really stop and think how is this going to help me in reaching the end result.

How are you willing to work on your partnerships and commitment to win at weight loss? Post a comment and tell me!

Tiffany, Week #21: What a Difference A Bed Makes


Since Andy and I have been married we have never had a really good bed. It’s one of those expenses that we just never have put much stock into. In fact the kids had better quality beds than we did. Funny, in an ironic sense, how we always put the needs of our children before our own, but really we need to learn to put just as much stock into ourselves as we do our kids. If we are our personal best then we’ll be the best parents we can be to Anna and Jack. Being part of our personal best is ensuring a good night sleep on a good bed.

Back to the bed: As you know we won Challenge #4, which was to get the proper type and amount of sleep. At first I was not a happy girl because that meant I had to give up my late night me-time. (Shhhh don’t tell the good doc I’m writing this blog right now at 10 p.m. when I really should be in bed…thank goodness the sleep challenge is over…HA!) Andy and I were very motivated to win this challenge because we had a hunch that whoever won Challenge #4 would most likely be getting a new bed. We thought we’d just a get a new bed for us BUT the kids did too! WOW!

Before getting our new beds, we went through the bedMATCH process–it’s like matchmaking for mattresses! We took a few minutes to answer questions about our sleeping habits, body type and any pain we have. Using that information the computerized sleep diagnostic system actually picked the beds that were best for each one of us.

What we received were Kingsdown’s My Side Series 600 beds. Andy and I got a queen and the kids each got twin beds. This bed uses the latest technologies available in mattresses today–it’s a hybrid model that combines springs, memory foam and gel.

Here is a little more detail from the manufacturer on the beds we received:

Cool Wave™ Memory Foam: Specially designed to help you stay cooler at night as compared to standard mattresses. According to our sleep coach Dr. Oexman, Director of the Sleep to Live Institute, our bodies need to cool down at night in order to have a restful sleep.

Chilly Wave™ gel-infused lumbar support band. Again–the gel helps you to stay cool at night and this also helps provide extra support for your lower back.

Individually Wrapped Coils: Instead of one sheet of coils, these are individually wrapped for less motion disturbance. This way, when you roll over, your spouse won’t feel the “bounce” of the bed.

Full Body Surround Edge Support System: A foam encasement of the mattress’ core for added support. Essentially, this keeps you from rolling off the bed! You’ll also feel the difference when you sit on the edge of the bed–maybe to tie your shoes–and the edge doesn’t sink.

Semi-Flex Foundation: This is your box spring. Instead of being rock solid, it’s meant to flex with the mattress. It’s made from lumber cut from renewable forests and has steel supports.

We have been sleeping on our beds now for about two weeks and we LOVE them. I have never felt so refreshed in the morning and neither one of us have any back pain or any other kinds of body pain. The kids sleep so well and they too wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Plus they love how high their new beds are. It’s fun for them to get into bed.

If you’re in the market for a new bed, the Lehmans strongly encourage you to check out these beds. They are wonderful! Thank you Family Circle and Kingsdown for giving us a great night’s sleep!

When was the last time you bought a new mattress? Are you long overdue? Post a comment and tell me!

Tiffany, Week 20: We Won!

the lehmans

So with challenge #5 our goals were set by our trainers. Meet your goals, beat the others and get a prize. Andy and I were certain that we lost this challenge because we’ve had a lot of life happen recently. Having a special needs child and doing everything else that life demands can at times be taxing. At the time this challenge took place we were going through one of the most taxing times in our parenting life to date.

The A-team (yes that’s what I call the Avagliano family. I think they’re pretty rad) and the Lehmans did so well that we both got to choose our prize for challenge #5. We got to choose between the Epic Treadmill, Epic Elliptical, or the Epic Bike. Andy and I chose the elliptical.

Funny story about me and the elliptical. When I first decided way back in the day (oh maybe 5 years ago) that I needed to work out, the first piece of equipment I jumped on was the elliptical. I remember the first time like it was yesterday. I think within the first minute I was sweating so profusely and probably swearing. It was all I could do to last five minutes on that thing. I swore it off (literally) and said never again will my feet touch that machine. Then I decided it was a good idea to hire one of the trainers at my gym at work to whip me into shape and the first thing she had me on was that elliptical. I cried…really I did. For those that know me personally I know you’re not surprised to hear that I cried…I’m such a cry baby. Needless to say she knew what I hated and pushed me to love it. I went from barely being able to be on it for 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

We love the elliptical because you can get a great cardio work out without a lot of heavy impact on the joints and knees. Andy and I both love to use it before working out with Lass and Wes to warm up and we also like to use it as a means of cardio while working out–we do sprints on it. Our favorite cardio routine on the elliptical is to warm up at a normal pace for the first five minutes, then start sprinting. Go as fast as possible at the highest resistance we can take for 30 seconds followed by a 30 rest. Still moving on the machine while resting but not as fast and repeat for 25 minutes followed by a five minute cool down.

So what is your favorite piece of equipment at your gym? Post a comment and tell me!

Tiffany, Week 20: What We Let Slip To Stay Fit


I’ve blogged a lot about how much I love working out. Sweaty, intense, long sessions of weights and cardio. And I bet you’re thinking, “She has to be cutting corners somewhere. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Well, let me tell you the #1 place that I’m not cutting corners: What we eat. Yes, it’s tough finding time to put a healthy meal on the table and manage this. The solution: Planning. You have to plan. If you don’t have a meal plan you’ll slip. We don’t work out on Sundays so that’s the day that we will cook a lot in preparation for the coming week. We eat a lot of fresh fruit, eggs, chicken, salad, and turkey. We also love quinoa, which is a great meat substitute. We eat a lot of quinoa tacos. We always have chicken cooked up so we can put it in salads or make fajitas.

So what does slip? Housework. Our house is not as organized and clean as I’d like it. But I’ve gotten over it quickly and realize that it’s never going to go away. It will always be there waiting for us. The kids, our health, our lives, etc, could be gone in a moment. So we prioritize what is most important and the rest falls into place. Really we lead a great and busy life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope I’ve given you some tips on how you too can have it all. It might take time but stay persistent and it will fall into place.

What do you push to the side to make time for fitness? Post a comment and tell me!