Category Archives: Matilda’s Journey

Getting Back to It

I am so excited to get back to working out. I had to take the month off until the doctor released me to be back at 100%

working-out-quotes2With the way that our schedules have been working out, getting to the Gym isn’t always happening. With that in mind I am going to be doing something different.

So for Three days out of the week I will go to the Gym (Where Possible) And for the other three days  I will be using:

  I will be using the Pilates for beginners DVD the one I Purchased actually came with a stretch band. I don’t believe that this one does.

The best part about this DVD is that you can pick how many workouts you want. Each section is about 10 minutes and you can mix and match them.

Also If you just need a good stretch the 10 minute stretch on this DVD is by far my favorite one to do and it works for me.

If you want to read more about it the image is a link to amazon where you can learn more about it. (* Affiliate Link*).

 I will also be using some of the workouts from The Hot Body book by Cassie Ho.

I loved her 30 day Challenges, and her YouTube videos so you bet I went and got this book.

The book has plenty of pictures and simple instructions to follow. She has different workouts divided up by season and she even has clean eating meal plans based on seasonal ingredients.

If you want to read more about it the image is a link to amazon where you can learn more about it. (* Affiliate Link*).

Now I know what your thinking and Yes I survived Halloween and now I must contend with Thanksgiving.

I don’t have many cravings (Thanks to my Sunrider) but It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dinner. With that in mind I am going to try my best to set a goal this Thanksgiving.

Goal: To Eat  in Moderation. 

  • I love food and I am the type to pile up a plate. So I am going to use the smallest plate that I can.
  • I have a habit of taking heaping spoon fulls so my goal is to try and take smaller and more appropriate portions.
  • Dessert…my weakness. This one is going to be the hardest but my goal is to keep it in moderation or bring a healthy alternative to keep the calories down AND the sugar spike at bay.

So here goes to the Holiday Season!


breastreduction-savvycraftymomAs you have noticed I haven’t been on here for a bit. I haven’t been to the gym in a few weeks either.

It’s for a good reason though. No slacking or anything like that. I recently and finally after many years of carrying the weight of my breasts around, got approved for breast reduction.

So on 10/20 I went in at 6:45 am and they gave me a bi-lateral breast reduction.

I have been so happy and excited and I am taking my time and recovering as well as I can be.

Before I left the house for my surgery I ate a Packet of NuPlus and I am so glad that I did. I brought fortune delight with me and I am glad that I did. I woke up thirsty. Not just normal thirsty either it was like throat dry barely talk thirsty.

For the first night Matt made me his “super” drink which is Fortune Delight Tea and Vita-shake.

I was worried that because of my limited activity that I would end up gaining more weight but I have managed to keep a steady weight. Thank goodness.

The hardest thing has been trying to avoid soda. I usually get a soda craving RIGHT before the ladies monthly. So I have been taking Herbal Cal that I found(it’s a calcium vitamin by Sunrider) so thats been helping too.

This isn’t one of my best posts but writing on a small screen is harder than I though haha.

Hoping to be back to it in a few weeks though. Just trying to focus on getting Matt to the gym again.

Mental Weight Loss

One of the biggest aspects of this and any weightloss journey is not the workout itself but the mentality, my own thoughts and feelings. Which is why I chose this picture today:


Its absolutely true losing weight is a mental challenge.  If you read my first post Here you are aware that this is going to be a big challenge for me.

My husband is good and buckling down and getting it done, and me I am good at overthinking and procrastination, yep I said it. I’m a serial procrastinator. I tend to put things before the gym that I deem are “more important” like working on crafts for my sites, laundry, dishes, ECT or ill put it off till the afternoon….that times usually never comes. I have more success at consistency when it comes to working out at home but the results are not as good.  So I am going to try and Set a goal because simple goals are good right?

Goal: Pick a time to go to the gym and just go. No thinking about what needs to be done just go. 

Another mental issue I deal with is the idea of never going to be good enough. What I mean is that I see people that go through weight loss and to me they look amazing, but they are constantly trying to lose more, or they want to change this or that or they are never satisfied with themselves. I know this is a never ending lifestyle but I want to reach a point where I am happy with where I am but not going overboard. I hope that makes sense. So I am going to set a goal for this too.

Goal: Learn to love myself where I am at the time that I am in it. 

One of the things that I had to be careful about is competition. I am the type of person that if I let myself go unchecked I tend to get a little competitive. I start telling myself that :”I want to be better than so and so, or look better than so and so”  It is was so serious that It actually got to the point where I had to stop working out with a friend of mine because I wasn’t thinking of form, I wasn’t striving to do it right. I felt like I was constantly trying to “prove” I can keep up , and “prove” that I can do it better. That is a dangerous mentality just because I lost all the reason why I wanted to do this in the first place,  which is to be stronger and healthier. So I am setting another goal for myself.

Goal: Try to be a better version of YOURSELF and no one else. 

This week wasn’t my most shining week but I am hoping to go into the next week with these goals in mind and get beyond the mental barriers that I put MYSELF behind and move forward into a better and healthier version of myself.


One Step at a Time

Like all great fitness journeys it starts out much like the image below: One step at  a time.


I have been surrounded by big women my whole life. My mom after kids gained weight and my Nana after her very bad accident gained weight as well. However both used to be naturally thin, and active. I worry that I too am headed in that direction so I am ready to put a stop to it before I end up in the same boat.

I want to tell you a little about my past because it shapes the place that I am in today in regards to health and weight loss and why Matthew and I are doing this. It will be quite a bit to read (just a warning).

As a kid I remember my mom had those weight loss meals, I remember they were bland and so gross, just gross (yeah I ate some of them haha) I think that is the only time I can remember my mom being on any kind of diet. This sticks out to me though because I associated “healthy” with gross.

Growing up I was super thin like skinny minnie all the way until I developed in about 6th or 7th grade or so then that is when the body perception issues began. Right around 6th and 7th grade San Diego schools began the uniform policy, much to my dismay. Not only were expensive and on top of that because of my long legs and chest development finding clothes was a nightmare so everything I bought was XL or XXL with that I felt “fat” the clothes were made for smaller girls and I had to usually shop in the boys section (which made me feel even worse.) I usually wore a sweatshirt year round and even during PE.

As I got older I started to get even more self conscious about my weight. I bought that silly thing that you wrap around your waist and it supposed to use electric pulses to help work the muscles, I tried the Ephedrine (or something like that) pill they used to sell at the store you know the one that gave people heart attacks? yeah I nearly killed myself playing flag football one day it was THAT bad, I had tried all kinds of diets and pills and drinks by the time I graduated high school.

By the time I was in my twenties I resorted to just living the life of the “fat friend”.  My friends were all thin and me not so much.  I spent more time buying men’s shirts and just tried to be at least comfortable in clothes even though all my friends were shopping in stores I wish I could shop in.

Then while working at Sea World San Diego, (which was my favorite job ever btw) I met Bonnie, let me tell you she looked WAY better than me the young 20 something. I don’t remember our exact conversation that started it all but I do remember getting a sample of the Calli tea. I loved it then I bought some more from her and people noticed changes that even I didn’t notice.  We went to the meetings and we talked to people who had been eating the foods for years and I knew these were for us.

We have been through many ups and downs early  in our journey.  But we have always been able to count on those foods since day 1.

The reason I wanted to share a little bit of my background was because for me its not just the physical need to lose weight, but a mental need to lose weight. I see people who lose weight but not the issues with being overweight, the mentality and insecurities that you had before you lost the pounds.

So with that being said join me on this journey and hopefully one day you will also feel inspired and maybe we can all help each other get to a healthy place!