January Challenge Group RESULTS

Can I get a virtual HIGH FIVE to all the January 21 Day Challengers?!

Just LOOK at these freaking results, y’all!

january challenge

23 folks reported results.   Those numbers — can you believe it???   23 people lost a TOTAL of 181 pounds and 139 inches.

There were even more folks who chose not to report, but hung right in there with us.

I can’t say enough great things about each and every person in this challenge group.   Each day they made a decision to choose the right foods, workout and report in how their day went.

Every. Single. Day.

For 21 days.

Dang.   PROUD COACH right over here.

I want to point out that it isn’t always about the scale or measurements.   Sometimes we just need the encouragement.  Sometimes we are looking to gain muscle.  Sometimes we just want to be a part of a team effort.  Camaraderie.   There is plenty to gain from participating in a challenge group.   I asked for folks to give me some non-scale victories as well…

I feel lean!

My clothes are baggy!  I have no idea if I lost inches since I didn’t measure myself, but my clothes tell me I did!

I am seeing some muscles peek through.   EEK!

I feel better overall.

So happy to exercise!

Baby steps – I am getting there.  This helped me get started. 🙂


And, this…  

I feel my biggest success is that I’m starting to live again… I lost my husband last April and since then I have just been existing. I needed to get out of that mode for myself and our 17 year old son. I’m so glad Jordan answered my questions a few weeks ago and encouraged me to try. It’s a difficult road but for the first time in a very long time I’m thinking of myself and making things better for us. I’m so proud of myself. Baby steps will get me healthy and back to living again. I’m so glad I joined!


This is what makes it all worth it.

This is what is important.

This is why I love what I do.


And now for the individual shout-outs.

  • Stacie
    • 9 inches
  • Laura
    • 3 lbs & 12 inches
  • Erin
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Kathy
    •  16 lbs & 9 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs & 8.5 inches
  • Niki
    • 7 lbs & 8 inches
  • Chris
    • 13 lbs & 12 inches
  • Diane
    • 6 lbs & 5.5 inches
  • Shelly
    • 12 lbs & 14 inches
  • Kristy
    • 9 lbs
  • Katie
    • 7 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 4 lbs & 11 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 6 lbs
  • Sam
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs
  • Kendi
    • 10 lbs & 4 inches
  • Nancy
    • 10 lbs & 7.5 inches
  • Whitney
    • 5 lbs
  • Andrea
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Connie
    • 7.5 lbs & loose clothes
  • Kalyn
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Scott
    • 16.5 lbs & 6 inches
  • Paige
    • 5 lbs & 4.5 inches


To the January Challengers … Congrats!

You are on your way to making 2015 your best yet.   


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STOP Saying You Are Old!


If  I had a pet peeve that would make the very top of my list it would most definitely be when  people refer to their age negatively.


I’m SOOOO old.

When did WE get SOOOO old?

Aren’t you a little OLD for that?

Oh you are sore?  Well, that is just because you are getting old.

I am 29 and holding.


People, please.   Hush.

Don’t talk like that about yourself.

If you are living your life the way you want to live it and loving every last second of it, why on earth does it matter your age?   What is it about that little number that freaks you out?   I am 34.  I consider that young.  I do more now then I did when I was 21.  I recognize that the older I get I might feel a little differently about my age, but I refuse to let that rule my thoughts or activities.

If you are feeling like life is slipping away from you, don’t let it.

What is it you want to do?  What is it you want to experience? 

Want to learn a new skill?   Sign up for one.  Multiple community colleges and universities offer continuing education classes.   Learn something new!  You are never too old to learn.

Do you want to experience a mud run?  Grab a friend, sign up and do it!   Total blast, by the way!

Wish you could take a few boxing classes or hit up a few Group X classes at  your gym?  Schedule it!   Go!   Sure, if it’s been a while you are going to be sore as hell.   But, its only temporary.  And that sore feeling most likely means your body is changing, or will be soon.   Keep going.  Don’t stop.  It doesn’t get easier, YOU get stronger.

Want to skydive?   First off, you are certifiably nuts, HOWEVER, if that is what you want to do, then by all means, be my guest.   You are NOT too old to do it.  Pending any heart problems, why the heck not?  I will watch safely from the solid ground, you crazy freak.

All those things that are holding you back are most likely excuses.   They can be worked through, around, on, in and over… whatever you want to call it.    It’s about making the time and making it a priority.

Aging is what you make of it.

Don’t make of it.


Embrace your age.    Getting stuck on the feeling of getting “old” is keeping you in the past and pushing you back down.   Let that weight go and start living!

I stumbled across this little website featuring 20 Seniors that PROVE that age is just a number.   Check it out.  It might change your perspective.

20 Photos of Seniors Proving That Age is Just a Number

Click Here.


Facing Fear



I, like many others, have set several goals that I want to achieve in 2015.

The first of which has a deadline.

That deadline is almost here and I have, at this point, successfully pumped myself full of self-doubt.

The self-doubt has become so great that I subconsciously and unknowingly self-sabotage.  Bad decisions, terrible internal voices that tell me I am not ready, lack of motivation, lack of confidence, inadequate feelings, the almighty “oh, you still have time” and then even worse “maybe this goal you just won’t make… try again next time”.




I don’t want to try again.   I don’t want to miss this first goal I set for myself.

I had plenty of time to prepare.  I knew this was coming since November of last year.  I have had more than enough time to hone my craft.

So, why is it that I am no where near what I had in mind as being “ready”.



   Lack of motivation



I know I am being vague when it comes to the goal itself.  That’s the thing

                                                               There are a total of 5 people that know what it is.

                                                                                                                                                      It is that scary for me.


End of February.

Goal 1.

It’s there.  It isn’t going anywhere.  It is up to me to really figure out if I am ready for it, if it’s self-doubt or if I just need a little more time.


Whatever it is, I need to remember…

Goal 1 might be a failure – but I am not.


Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies




I spent 8 hours in my kitchen last Wednesday.  No joke.   My work closed due to the snow so I had a full day to myself as my permanent roommate (… read that somewhere last week and thought it was hysterical) and his crew were out working.  Snow days are a perfect time for me to bake a bunch of goodies!    I made three loaves of banana bread, 4 batches of cookies and a 3 layer cake with buttercream frosting.  All from scratch, folks.  None of that boxed crap going on in this household.

And for the record – ALL of that went home with Clint’s crew minus one mini loaf of bread and a bag of cookies that stayed with us and the layer cake that went to work.

So, about these cookies.



Coconut Oil replaced the butter and cooking oil and Truvia replaced most of the white sugar, leaving these cookies slightly better for you than your typical choco chip cookie.   You could even use whole wheat flour for an extra nutrition boost!





As for the baking time, when I say that you must pull these cookies out of the oven when the centers still look not quite done, I am serious.   Take them out.  Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a bit before transferring to a cooling rack.

Oh, who am I kidding?  I don’t own cooling racks.  I just place the cookies on a sheet of foil or parchment paper and call it good.   Let’s be serious.  How many people really use a cooling rack?   I am betting the percentage is pretty low.

Don’t lie to me.  You don’t use one either.


I suppose, if you are all about the crunchy cookie, leave them in the oven a bit longer.  But, if you like a slightly crunchy cookie that still has a little melt in your mouth softness to it, then yank them out of the ol oven early.


coconut oil and choco chip cookies

Clint’s 40th Birthday Weekend

Recap Time.


Clint’s 40th


Clint’s birthday was January 29th.  Sadly, I was out of town on a business trip so was unable to celebrate with him that day, but if you recall, I left him a few decorations to get him by until I returned.  🙂

He was able to meet his mom, stepdad and son, Kyle, for dinner that evening which made me feel so much better about being gone.   I was excited to get back Friday evening so he could open his gift from me!   This gift took me days of research you guys.  Seriously.


The anticipation… what is it?  Even Champ couldn’t wait to find out!


THAT, my friends, is a moonshine still.   I picked one out that he gets to actually solder together himself.  He is totally stoked.   Watch out, folks.    Pirtle Moonshine, coming right up!

Friday evening we chose to stay low-key because Saturday was a whole other story!   We traveled to Des Moines, IA where we met up with a group of friends that came in from all areas.  Clarinda, Cedar Rapids, lake of the Ozarks, Omaha … even VEGAS!   The look on Clint’s face when Cole walked into the bar we were at that afternoon was priceless.   Sadly for me my iPhone was being stupid and I didn’t catch it on camera.

We had a ton of fun walking around downtown Des Moines, even during the snow storm.   All that snow turned the men into 10 year old adolescents again.   I can’t even tell you how many snowball fights were had while we walked from bar to bar.   Priceless.










SUCH a fun night! 

I think we all had a blast….

                                              Until the drive home the next day.


Interstate was a bit sketchy…


Slow and steady won the race!