Bring on the Challenge!

I am currently sitting in the waiting room as I am undergoing a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I am unable to go anywhere or do anything. I have to be in a restful state. So, I am thinking. I am sitting here reflecting on so many things; my baby, future, pregnancy and life.

I am currently sitting in the waiting room as I am undergoing a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I am unable to go anywhere or do anything. I have to be in a restful state. So, I am thinking. I am sitting here reflecting on so many things; my baby, future, pregnancy and life.

I loved Dr. Oz's show on Monday as he encouraged America to participate in his “Move It to Lose it Challenge!” Sharecare.com has been a wealth of knowledge for me during my pregnancy and I'm excited about the resources it will provide for health and weight loss! I love recipes and I think the meal plans based on what you are looking for in a food plan are awesome! Do I feel like a little vegetarian? Traditional foods? I know... I'm going straight to Dr. Oz's recommended food menus first!


This pregnancy has humbled me, as I have been bombarded daily with food aversions and cravings. The things that have kept me slim and trim are some of the very food items that have had me running to the porcelain chair! I can't wait until these weird food challenges are behind me. In fact, as I am in my last 7 weeks of pregnancy, I look forward to starting my own move it to lose it plan to jump start my weight loss after I deliver!

I gained slightly over 30 pounds with Benaiah, and so far this pregnancy I have gained about 15 pounds. I anticipate to have gained a little over 20 pounds by the time I deliver, and know for certain I will be left to lose that last terrible 10 that I will have to melt off on my own! It is always those last nagging 5-10 pounds that are the hardest!

One of the most invigorating things about being a mother for me has been my fitness level. After losing 220 pounds, there is not much that I feel I cannot do. Playing and running around with my son have been part of my daily activities. Lightsaber battles, Buzz Lightyear space adventures and playing chase have been on my weekly regimes. These things would not have been physically possible had I not lost the weight. Taking charge of my health has defined motherhood for me. I am engaged, involved and active! I look forward to challenging my body again to be the fittest, fastest, and strongest that it can be!

As we all are excited about a new year of starting fresh and taking charge, I encourage you all to take this challenge to jump start a life long adventure towards health and strength and vitality! As all the parties die down, ignite the flame that is within your soul that celebrates you and your health! You can do anything for 11 weeks, right? Take this challenge and soar. I'll be on your coattails; only 7 weeks behind!

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!