One Reason to Love the Stomach Flu…

…is the fact that it assists you in losing four pounds.

“Four pounds, you say? Why, Sondra, doesn’t that sorta pale in comparison to all the weight you’ve already lost?”, some might ask.

Well sure. But the thing is, I have a GOAL to reach. I want to weigh 175. And it’s been torture to see the scale taunt me everytime I realize I still can’t get under 197. But this lady hopped on the scale on Friday, and weighed a grand total of 193 lbs…with clothes on!! So, I will take whatever victory I can get, thank you very much!

Sean and I are venturing into the world of Paleo Diet, thanks to an amazing nifty book I stumbled across in Barnes and Noble, called “Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanfilippo. You can check out recipes and more resources at the website,

The book itself has awesome tear-out guides in the back that I carried with me to Sprouts on my last few shopping trips to make sure that I got all the essentials for my Paleo meal plans…and there are also more than 120 recipes in the book, as well! We are really excited to try the Turkey 5-Spice Lettuce wraps, and I’m going to make my own bone broth, too!

I am hoping that between Paleo, and getting back in the gym hardcore, I can shake these last 20 pounds and hit that 175 dream weight goal! It would truly make my journey all the more gratifying, and be the first giant goal I have ever achieved. I look forward to that moment!

As a means of helping others, and continuing my motivation, I just spent the last 90 minutes researching ideas for Workplace Weight-Loss Program ideas. I am going to put together a comprehensive, incentive-based, interactive program for people in my office who want to participate in a challenge to lose weight and promote wellness. I am thinking about having people in grouops of 2-5 participants, and a 12-week program to start. The team and individual with the highest percentage of weight lost will be the winners. I am also considering weekly weigh-in’s to establish accountability.

If I can get my boss and the owners of the practice on board to sponsor the essentials I need, and the incentives? I think I’ll have a HUGELY successful and fun program on my hands!

In other news? While suffering from the stomach flu, I was sure to get my Christmas shopping done with all the online Black Friday deals. My boyfriend will be absolutely spoiled, and probably really mad about it. Everyone else is cleaning up, too!

I am currently planning the last minute details for our Big Bear weekend trip coming up in a couple weeks. I am putting together a Hot Chocolate bar, and can’t wait for it all to come together! Heck, I can’t wait for a mini-getaway period! Especially one with snow involved! Wheeeee!

Ashley and I are back in the gym at lunch tomorrow starting our more hardcore training for the San Diego Half Marathon. While on Pinterest (aka, my crack), I came across this pretty awesome (read: TERRIFYING) Half Marathon training plan.

I know we can do it. Our main objective is to run the first 8 miles steadily…after which there is a giant hill that might pose a problem. And from there we will do what we can, and get to the finish line. That is in March, and we also have The Electric Run 5K in February. So it’s time to get our butts (and legs, and thighs, and everything else) in gear. I am weirdly excited. And I made my hearty yet healthy Italian Veggie and Chicken Meatball soup tonight, so I have that ready for lunch after workout tomorrow, as well as some chicken and veggies marinating in the fridge to be roasted for dinner after yoga tomorrow night! CHEEEEOOOWWWW!

I think that is all for now. I am seriously slipping on 30-Day Challenge photos. But I will get on that soon. I just hate taking mirror photos! 🙂

I shall leave you with this:


Make these a part of your week, and I’ll have more for you all soon!

‘Til Next Time!



What I’ve Been Up To…

Oh, hey! It’s you! The people I adore and haven’t updated in what seems like forever!

Well, here I am. And I am ready to share my recent escapades with you all!

October was a thrilling, although challenging month.


I did my first 5K…and chose a Mud Run, because I am out of my mind. Ashley and I had tanks made that read “You wish your girl was this dirty!” and had a blast taking on the 5K and the various obstacles it included. Most important lesson I learned? Rope swings and I? We don’t mesh. Lol. Overall, it was a great day! From getting there early and collecting free swag from all the sponsor booths, to the run itself, to my first Acai bowl after? A PURE BLAST! Shout out to Ashley for being such a great running buddy, and being so patient with me!

Before the race started….


Ooooh! One of the best things? When we were going around to all the booths, iTan was there, and we spun the wheel and won FREE sun, spray, and spa services! I won a month, and Ash won a week! I just recently realized that it said it was valid until 10/31….so I need to call about that! But I am suuuuper excited! I have been wanting to try a lot of the spa services there, so I will get to see what works for me, and get my VersaSpa on! Woot woot!

They posted our photo on their Facebook. You can go “Like” iTan here.

I love spinning prize wheels!!!!!

I was also lucky enough to be on an episode of The Doctors, and walk away with a TON of free swag!! I also made a new friend, who I keep up with on Facebook!

What has Sondra ALWAYS wanted?

Photo Credit:

I almost cried I was so happy! This machine is so versatile and so durable! It is JUST what a girl like me needs to keep on keeping on in the quest for ultimate nutrition and fitness. And I am anxiously awaiting the day it arrives in the mail, at which point I will probably cry again! 🙂

This was just one of the awesome gifts. In addition to my VitaMix blender, I also walked away with:

2 SeaWorld tickets

A free pair of Skechers GoWalk shoes

A free one hour massage or facial at Hand and Stone Spa

Dancing with the Stars Cardio Dance DVD

Mandisa’s (from American Idol season 5) latest cd (and she taught us a fun fitness dance routine she made up)!

A Hoopnotica DVD and hoop


If that wasn’t good enough, Dr. Travis stood in front of me for a very awkward 4-5 mins, at which point I was trying to look anywhere but at his hiney. It was not easy, and the women in the audience were of no help! They were hooting and giggling, and it was hilarious! He apologized a few times, and at one point, you can see me behind him!

Shout out to my friend Jackie for catching me on DVR so I could check myself out! Lol.

I really had a prime seat. I got to watch myself on DVR a few days later, while I was home sick, and I realized I got a LOT of screen time!

This gentleman lost a LOT of weight, and became a trainer. He’s written a book about changing your mindset and acheiving your fitness goals. We also got to take a copy of that home! I highly recommend checking out “Think Thin, Grow Thin” by Charles D’Angelo.

Speaking of motivational people, a friend of mine from high school has an awesome fitness blog, and is putting together a 5/10K event next year. If you haven’t yet, you need to go check out my friend Alicia (we have the same birthday, so I can pretty much guarantee she is AWESOME), and her blog FitGirlLifestyle. Recipes, tips, and more for those of us looking to malke better habits a daily thing! You can like her on Facebook too, where she is always posting fun inspiration!

What else, what else? Oh yes! Karaoke night with the coworkers, and planning a babyshower for a good friend. Getting sick for an entire week….and then of course, there was Halloween at the office!

If you haven’t already figured it out, I should tell you that I will always find a way to add a tutu to something. I would wear a tutu with my scrubs everyday, if they’d let me! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to convince them to let me wear real pants, so I’m thinking it’s best to avoid the tutu proposition altogether. I will wear a tutu around the office the day before Christmas, though. There will be no discussion about it! Lol. Also, Ashley is the best duck-taper I have ever met. Seriously….look at those shirts! And the back of them? Mine said “They work hard for my honey!” and theirs said “We work hard for the honey!” We totally won the department costume contest. Free Subway always tastes better, FYI.

I think that’s all for now. I will get 30 day challenge photos up tomorrow.

For now, I shall leave you with some late night motivation/inspiration!

That’s all loves! Have a fabulous night, and I’ll be back soon!

‘Til Next Time!