Anyone can change their Lifestyle




                           A month where everyone vows to get healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for being healthy. For living a healthier lifestyle. One where the focus is on what is good for our body, mind, soul and spirit.

What irritates me about January is all the fitness & diet people who don’t understand our struggles. They have been for the most part “skinny” and are just doing some toning. I don’t for a minute believe there is a wrap that can take away belly fat and keep it off, or a magic pill to take every day and look we are skinny. I also don’t believe that it only takes 21 days to fix something that we have put on in many years. We cannot do these things and expect to get the same results as those who are pushing it.

It just simply isn’t true. There is no miracle cure. I have been on my healthy lifestyle since October 2013. I’ve lost about 75 pounds, 18 inches in my waist, about 12 inches in my chest. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m on my way. Although to be honest, some think that what I have accomplished isn’t enough. Show me a true magazine/fitness whatever dedicated to people like you and I who have constant struggles. Who don’t have all the fancy schmancy stuff fitness pros have access to.


My family is what holds me accountable. Well and those who rely on me to show up at the dojo for training.

This lifestyle change isn’t easy. It takes constant dedication. It takes a LIFETIME Commitment. Not just the first few months of the year. You also can’t do this for anyone else. You have to do it for YOU. You have to WANT to be better, to WANT a healthy lifestyle. It took several years to put on the weight, it will take probably just as many to get it off.


me            Kelli Yellow Belt       

This picture was taken in March of 2013.                               This picture was February 2014


This picture was taken November 2014

It took me approximately 10 months to lose what I have lost right now. I still have a way to go. I’m okay with my journey as I know that once I get to my goal, I’ll be able to maintain my weight.

One of the things we had to change was not only how and what we eat, but also adding in exercise to our daily routine. Yes you do have to exercise. There isn’t a way around it or a miracle cure. We tried a home gym. It wasn’t for us. Don’t get me wrong, I still bike in the mornings while watching Good Morning America. I still play in the yard with my kids when it isn’t –14 degrees outside. We opted to pay for a membership to a local Karate school. Corrals has been great for us. We can go as a family, we can practice together. We are currently there every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.



Brent competing for Team Corral AKA CMA


We spend as much time there as we do our home. I’m not making this up. We spend a great deal of time there because our boys compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu{BJJ} and are possibly looking to compete in Tae Kwon Do{TKD}.

I understand not everyone thinks this is for them. How do you know if you don’t even try? Try a Planet Fitness, try any Karate School, even Female Kickboxing. Just do something.

I’ve tried all the other “diets” and the problem with them is once you stop, you gain all the weight back. By changing your lifestyle, it is much harder to go back. This is how you get your life back.

Here is an overview of our time at Corral's Martial Arts

Tuesdays from 5:30pm –7:30pm.

              Brent has TKD from 5:30-6:15. Alex and I have TKD from 5:30-6:15 {we are on a different mat} then Alex and I have BJJ from 6:30- 7:30.

Thursdays we have class from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

Brent & Davin have BJJ competition training from 4:30pm-6:15 pm. Alex and I have TKD from 5:30 –6:15 and then BJJ from 6:30-7:30pm.

Saturdays we have class from 9:00am-1:00pm

Alex and I have class from 9:00-10:00. Then all 5 of us have TKD side by side from 10:00-11:00. Brent & Davin have No-Gi BJJ training from 11:00am –12:00pm. Then they have BJJ competition training from 12:00pm-1:00pm.



A family affair. Boys with Sensei Braullio and Sensei Dale.

As I have stated it is a commitment. Don’t get me wrong, we slack. We gripe, we complain and some days we stay home. But we always go back because we feel better.

Along with exercising we have tried to eat a whole foods diet. Generally Monday through Friday we eat naturally healthy foods. Lots of veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, chicken. Weekends we are a bit more relaxed. We have a pie here or cake here. But we don’t go overboard. We have date nights at the movies with popcorn and candy. But we know that we have to work harder to remove those calories.

I don’t buy only organic. I can’t.. or won’t. It’s too expensive and well, we eat healthy enough I don’t worry about it. Which in some peoples world that is so wrong. But we do what we do because it suits us and I don’t have to please anyone. There isn’t a right or wrong. There is healthy as YOU define it and spend what YOU can. We eat about 6 small meals a day.


Here is a typical Tuesday:

5 am  Alex and I up and moving. I make hashbrowns and pork sausage. We sit for a half hour why he eats and have coffee. Yeah I said coffee.. I LOVE it. So I drink it.

6 am Alex leaves for work, I sit with another cup of joe, and journal. About anything and nothing. I turn on Pandora and enjoy the start of my day.

7 am Boys start stirring from there comfy beds

8:30 am Breakfast. Cereal, muffins, waffles, whatever they feel like. Here lately its been hashbrowns and sausage. Snack for me, usually oatmeal and walnuts.

9:30-10 We start our day. School work, laundry, reading. Whatever I have for them that say. Sometimes it is games, or a video.

11:30am I am getting started on lunch. Lunch has been grilled cheese and soup for the boys, a salad for me.

12:45pm we start finishing up any questions about school work, laundry dishes. I will typically start dinner now. I grill chicken and roast some veggies or steam them depending on what we have.

3:00pm snack time. Gold fish, peanut butter and jelly, apple, oranges, veggies sticks. Whatever is on hand. We also pack our dojo/gym bags.

3:45pm we grab our gear head out to the car and off we go.

8:00pm We are coming in the door dropping our gear by the couch, I reheat dinner and we eat.

8:30pm dinner done gear put away and we ALL go to bed.

Yes we are all in bed at 8:30. That doesn’t mean Alex and I sleep right away, but it does help if we are in bed. We may watch a movie or a t.v show, but mostly we are tired and willing sleep to come take us over.

This isn’t as bad as it looks or even sounds. It took a year for us to get into a good grove. Did you catch that?  ONE YEAR. That is how we found our groove and what works, FOR US. It is different for everyone.


What I want you to take away from this is that anyone can get healthy. It just takes making it your lifelong journey and not feeling regret when you slip. Just keep moving forward and you will do great!


I would love to hear your stories. Follow me on Facebook, or by following the blog and let me know how your journey is doing.


Grace for today,


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