Tiffany, Week 18: 3 Ways Moms Set Themselves Up For Fitness Failure


While working on this challenge, I’ve started to reflect on some of the ways that we all hold ourselves back from success. And I plan on being a winner in the weight loss game, so I wanted to share them with you.

1. We talk about going on a “diet.”
First things first: You need to throw the word “diet” out the window. When you make a plan to lose weight or eat more healthfully, don’t think of it as a diet. It is a way of life. Not a short-term, restrictive plan. Changing the way you eat can be difficult in the beginning. But with some planning and a little preparation you can be successful. Remember this isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. You didn’t wake up 10, 15, 20+ pounds heavier overnight. So know that the weight won’t come off overnight either. It just happens as a slow progression over a period of time.

2. We don’t really commit.
Just like the rest of you, Andy and I lead busy lives. Two full time jobs, two kids, keeping a happy marriage and a house to manage. Throw in planning and preparing healthy foods, food journaling and working out and it can be mind boggling. But you have to be willing to commit at any cost to succeed at being healthy. That doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your family, but know in your mind that being unhealthy is no longer an option.

3. We let life get in the way.
“Life” is going to happen and, as I’ve said in past blogs, if you wait for the perfect moment to take hold of your health it will never occur. You have to make it happen. I know a lot of women feel guilty for taking an hour out of their day three to four times a week to work out because it’s taking them away from their kids. But kids learn from watching what their parents do. Don’t you want to teach them to take good care of themselves? Getting yourself healthy and fit is not a selfish thing it’s a selfless thing and you’re paving the way for your legacy.

How do you think moms sabotage their get-healthy dreams? Post a comment and tell me!

Peggy, Week 17: My Biggest Roadblocks to Weight Loss Success

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I’ll tell you a secret: As hardworking as I am, I’m a little lazy. I like to sit on the couch eating ice cream, even if I do not like the end result of my lack of activity. Old bad habits, such as feeding my feelings rather than feeling them, and flopping on the couch after dinner, are easy. It’s effortless to pick up KFC on the way home. Cooking dinner after working takes planning.

But I know I can do better. Throughout this challenge, I have tried to remind myself that anyone can achieve their goals if they are willing to work at it. I had four children in less than five years, and I managed to graduate medical school, complete an internship and finish my residency on time. I know I can do something if I really want to.

I have friends who have achieved, or are about to achieve, greatness. A screenwriter named Dan Studney and I went to high school together. He remains someone I have a deep connection with during those infrequent times when we actually see each other. (If you have not heard of him yet, you will know his name soon. He co-wrote the upcoming movie Jack the Giant Killer which will be released on March 22, 2013.) I rarely see Dan, but he is a constant reminder to me that anyone can achieve any goal, if they work hard enough.

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you believe you are the person everyone else sees? Or do you know that you are more than that reflection? Post a comment and tell me what you want to push yourself harder to do.

Tiffany, Week 7: Words of Wisdom that Transformed Me


Before I even entered my family into this Healthy Family Challenge, I claimed 2012 as my year in a personal blog. It’s the last year of my 30’s and I can’t wait to see what 40 and beyond have in store for my family and myself. But one thing that it won’t have in store: this weight. I will NOT go into my 40’s being morbidly obese.

One of my lifelong, best friends said something to me earlier this year that will forever be a part of my soul:

“I will not spend the last 40 years of my life making the same mistakes I made the first 40.”

HELLO, PROFOUND!!! I don’t care how old you are…15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60. You can change. You just have to do it. It isn’t easy. But it’s not hard.

Not so long ago, another person encouraged me to:

“Strive to be the best person you want to be.”

That’s a pretty big statement. Really who do I want to be? I want God to look down at me and say, “Well done. Well done, child.” I want to use my body to serve. I don’t know quite what that looks like but I do know that I’m going to need as much energy as I can get. That means the middle section has got to go. You’ve worn out your welcome and now you must say goodbye! I know that I want to be the best wife and mother I can be. My family deserves for me to be present at every moment and not tired because I’ve got too much weight to carry around. I want to be the best daughter, sister, friend and (possibly) mentor.

I know it’s so cliché but if I can do this, ANY ONE can do this. They say the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. How much is left of your elephant? What are you trying to tackle by leaps and bounds in life that you should be taking on little-by-little? Post a comment and let me know.