My New Love… Leslie Sansone Workouts!

I wanted to share my favorite workout videos with you! They’re by Leslie Sansone, a fitness trainer that has walking based programs you can do in your living room. Her exercises range from beginner to intermediate, and are great for cardio/aerobic workouts. You can either buy her DVDs, watch her YouTube channel, or try out her walking app. I use YouTube.

My 3 favorite workout videos by her are:

  1. 15 Minute 1 Mile Walk
  2. 30 Minute Boosted Fitness Walk
  3. 45 Minute 3 Mile Walk

Try out her videos and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored.

Start of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Challenge!

I am starting a new fitness challenge. It’s an old one, as the video was released in 2008. But, the reviews on Amazon are very promising!

I have used this video in the past, but not consistently. Now, I plan to take the 30 day challenge and see what results I get.

Now, I do plan to alter it a little. I’m not going to exercise on Sundays, so the plan will take me a little longer. My start date was yesterday, May 10, and the end date is June 13.

In addition, I am not going to eat any sweets (with the one exception being Mother’s day).

I think this is very doable -it’s only 20 minutes of exercise a day. I am excited to see how this turns out!

Here are my before pictures:

Here are my measurements:

  • Weight: 144.4 lbs
  • Jeans Size: 6
  • Arms: 12″
  • Waist: 30.25″
  • Stomach: 34.75″
  • Hips: 39.5″
  • Thighs: 24″

I will show updates on day 10, day 20, and finally day 30. Wish me luck!

Eating In Moderation, Not Extremes

(I love Panera Bread! So delicious, and so many healthy options! It’s a fun place to eat out. This isn’t an example of extremism -just a yummy picture.)


Day’s 7 post is all about taking a stand on a controversial issue or hot topic. I feel like I’ve covered a lot of topics during this challenge, two chief among them being weight loss and novel-writing. Although my novel is my passion, my blog is mainly for helping other women. So, I’ve decided to cover a controversial topic in the diet and fitness industries –extremism.

In our society, we have so many pressures as women to be perfect –perfectly beautiful, perfectly healthy, perfectly successful and so on. And when we’re not, there are a thousand products just waiting to “change our lives.” Most promise quick results in a short amount of time, dangling a golden carrot over our heads. While I know that intensive workouts and super restrictive –but healthy –eating plans can work for some people, it doesn’t work for others. In fact, most dieters end up failing. I personally believe that this is because we choose to run before we’re ready to walk.

I guess I am advocating for smaller changes over a longer period of time. Yes, eat better, exercise, get enough sleep. But in my experience, a 180 degree change all at once just isn’t effective. Make small goals and reach them. Then make slightly bigger goals and reach them. 🙂 There’s great wisdom to the rolling stone that slowly builds momentum. To me, we were designed to adapt slowly to the challenges of life.

Frisbee Golf Adventures


So, I went Disc Golfing with Ben for my second time ever. And boy, was it fun! This sport is so much fun! It involves walking up and down steep hills, and trying to throw my Frisbee in a straight line, which I’m getting better at. 🙂 It’s like golf, in that you want to get it into the basket target, using as few throws as possible. You also want the lowest score possible, like golf.


There are a lot of disc golf courses in the Spring/Woodlands/Houston areas –some 9 “hole”, and some 18 “hole.” So far, Ben and I have only been to one course here in Texas –it’s a 9 hole course at Terramont Park, in the Woodlands. This date with Ben was lots of fun, and we got a lot of good pictures!


I like this sport, because you can play it with as little as two people, or form a big group. I also like that it’s outdoor, and doesn’t require me catching a ball, Frisbee, or other form of flying object hurled in the air towards me. 🙂


I think this delightful little sport is family friendly, and fun for all levels of expertise. I’m definitely a beginner, and I had a blast!


Have you ever gone Frisbee golfing?

Trying A Healthy Challenge


So, for the past 2 weeks, I have been preparing for a healthy challenge that’s going on in my mom’s area. I had the spreadsheet to start, and the challenge officially starts on Monday. So far, it’s been a great experience, and I can see myself living healthier and feeling happier. I’ve already lost a couple of pounds the first week, and I haven’t even checked for this week. I like this challenge, because it focuses more on just diet and exercise -it also focuses on spirituality and personal development. The challenge only costs $10, but you have the support of others working towards the same goal, and it really doesn’t cost that much to start.

I think taking care of myself, and loving myself is one of the best ways to feel glamorous. To me, wellness is inseparable from beauty and fashion. Now, I’m not just talking about how you look on the outside here. When I eat healthier, sleep enough, and take time for myself, I feel more connected to myself, more willing to reach out, and well, more beautiful overall. There’s something about treating myself and my body with self-respect that just can’t be duplicated.

I’ve also really enjoyed working towards my personal goal. So far, I’ve tried cleaning my house as my personal goal. It’s nice reminding myself to clean. But, I think I’m going to work on my journal compilation project that I started years ago. I think it would be great to have my entire personal history in one volume. Part of this project will be to turn this blog into a book, as it’s definitely an important part of my life. That being said, just writing in my journal daily has helped me to manage my emotions better, and to feel happier about who I am as a person.

I intend to keep you updated on my progress in this healthy challenge, along with my other regular beauty and fashion posts. And who knows? Maybe this will help me to lose those extra pounds, and find myself. 🙂

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year, and what are you doing to work towards your goals? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂