Getting Stronger and Healthier for my son


I JOINED A GYM…sure I only get to go three times a week after school, before I get Anthony. But even a half and hour of the step machine and weights…will make a BIG difference. I even plan to go on Sunday morning…great way to spend ME time.

I think there is one other lady in the weight lifting area of the gym when I go. Some of the guys look at me like I’m invading their man space…I just nod at them and keep on my routine. I will mark how much I can lift on different machines next week..since I forgot. I do remember that I was shocked that the weights were heavier than I thought I could lift. GO ME

I am noticing even more strength as I walk up stairs…I just keep walking. No more worries about gasping for air. I am noticing that I can carry and lift Dino for longer periods of time. 

I ALSO DID 5 PUSH UPS WITH DINO ON MY BACK!!!!! Granted they were knee push-ups…but that was still flipping hard dude. 

Not only am I wearing size 16 pants that I have had for years, but I recently wore a dress that I couldn’t even get past my stomach…now it fits perfectly. I have other dresses…but I like to be covered up as I work in a high school most of the time. (Sorry for the fuzzy pic again…Hubby was rushing to take the pic before I left for work.)


dress pic Collage

Here is a breakdown of my current stats.



Thighs: 5.5 6.5 inches LOST 

Waist: 5.5 6.0 inches LOST

Arms: 2.0 2.5 inches LOST

Bust: 2  2.5 inches LOST

Dress Size: 1x 18 16 



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Bakasana pose…how cool would that be.


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1. 10 knee push ups with Dino on my back

2. 10 regular push ups

3. 10 ten regular tricep push ups

4. 10 correct burpees with ease and not feel like a sweating klutz


Whenever I get tired, sore, or don’t want to do one more rep…I think of this little Dino. I want to be be strong and healthy for him.

dino collage


About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.


Getting Stronger and Healthier for my son — 6 Comments

  1. I love it and I just joined at at home fitness gym type thing through my blog at home and I am with you on feeling a bit healthier and stronger from it. You are truly doing so great still and very proud of you my friend Happy Mother’s Day once again, too!! 🙂

  2. Hey, there! It’s Courtney from The Brown Girl with Long Hair blog. I have three words for you: You go, Girl! I love that pic of you above in the white dress. And you WILL be able to do Bakasana pose — it may not be as far off as you think: That’s the thing about yoga — it is incredibly mental. As a yoga instructor, I am privileged to see people transform their inner and (outer) selves all the time, and it all begins with wanting to do it, and you clearly do!

    You. Will. Get. There.

    One more thing: When I pulled up your blog page, my son was snuggling with me in the La-Z-Boy and he loved your header with your son and all of his cars!

    Let’s keep in touch…

    Happy Mother’s Day! <3

    • thanks so much! Ues, totally agree it’s also mental ability. I have to learn to shut my mind dowqn and focus on the here and now…which is often difficult.

  3. Good for you! Awesome dedication to yourself & your fam, and a great example you’re setting.

    I have recently committed myself to my health, sounds silly to say it like that but it’s true. So far I’m down 23 pounds and have a lot more to go but with a strong family history of cardiovascular.disease and stroke in my family I’m trying my hardest to be the healthiest me I can.

    P.S. Cute dress!

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