I ran a half-marathon!

This is coming from the girl who dreaded the 1-mile run in HS, who thought the only sane reason to run was when your life was in danger and who thought that she might not even physically be able to complete a half-marathon.

Well folks! last sunday, May 2nd I did it! I completed my first 1/2 marathon and yes, by first I do imply that there will be more. It’s a very strange place to be in. I think I’m officially in the crazy runner’s club since I did it, but I still feel like the out of place girl. BUT none the less, I crossed that finish line and it felt good to accomplish one of my recently developed life goals. I completed in 2:41 (mind you I took 2 bathroom breaks) but I did jog/run (i’ve got short legs, not sure what i do qualifies as “running”) all but 1-2 minutes of walking at mile 12.

With all this said, this post is not a “Hey! Look what I can do!” post, but a “Hey! if I can accomplish something I saw as “crazy” or “impossible” you can too!!”- so what are you gonna do?! We are nearing our 1/2 mark of 2010, do I need to remind you about your resolutions?! me? 1/2 marathon- CHECK! So what’s next?- more posts to come about me, but I want to hear about you! Show some love, leave a comment! I want to help you reach your goals too! Leave me a comment and I will do ALL that I can to see you to your goal! Seriously! TRY ME! 🙂

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I’m back and ready to challenge you!

In honor of March being national Nutrition month & my birthday month 🙂 I am inviting you to join me in my 10&10 challenge!
What is the 10&10 challenge?!
I challenge you to have 10 servings of fruits/veggies during each day in march & be done eating ALL your meals by 10pm!
Adding more fruits and veggies to your daily diet has numerous benefits including more energy, clearer skin, regularity (hey- it’s true!) & helps you consume less calories overall(which if fat loss is your goal- you MUST do this!)!
Why 10pm?
That may be late for you, but that is a personal challenge for me and maybe it will be for you too! I am a late night snacker and I know I need to get that under control! I also know that I do GREAT with challenges so why not help keep each other accountable! I need your help too!
What does a serving of fruit/veggie look like?
This can seem confusing at first so I here is a link: http://nutrition.about.com/od/fruitsandvegetables/f/servingfruit.htm where you can learn about what a serving size is!
What if I cant seem to eat that much fruits/veggies or I hate eating them?
Well, I REALLY encourage you to try for your health’s sake, but sometimes I understand it can be hard to swallow (literally) if you hate or do not care for fruits/veggies. For those of you who fall under this category (and frankly I also recommend this for EVERYONE!) I suggest you try Shakeology! You can learn all about it and order from here: www.myshakeology.com/rruppe It’s amazing and will help you get in much needed nutrition from fruits & veggies found all over the world?! If you would like a sample please let me know and I can bring it to you OR mail it to you asap! But ask fast! I use it EVERYDAY and I LOVE IT! Can’t say enough good things about it! Seriously go read about it on my site!

So are you with me? 10&10- can you do it?! Sure you can! And you will be so happy you did! Please send me a quick email and let me know you are in! Hope you’ll join me!

Your Coach,
Rossy Ruppe
Independent Beachbody Fitness Coach

ps- please invite friends, co-workers family, etc to join us! The more accountability we have in our challenge the better!
PPS- It’s march, 2 months down in 2010, how much closer to your fitness goals are you?! I would love to hear from you- 1- if need help reaching your goals 2- if you are looking for a workout program that will help you at your level 3-about your successes and results!

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4 weeks until new years, what’s your plan?

January 1st is in 4 weeks, do you remember the resolutions you made? Did any of them have to do with your weight? you level of fitness? the size you wear? Did you tell yourself- this is the year I’ll do it! ? Well, how did it go? We have 4 weeks left to live up to the promises we made to ourselves. I have 7lbs to go and 3.7% body fat.

My plan? Eat clean and do what I say I will do when it comes to my work outs. I’m not messing around, time to kick it up a notch and live up to what I said I would do!

How ab0ut you? Even if you feel like you are so far from your original goal go for it! I doubt you’d lose 50lbs or drop 4 sizes in the next 4 weeks, but why not work hard and see what you can do in 4 weeks? Who is joining me? Let’s do this! We can do it!!

Please comment below with your goal and plan below, we will all be rooting each other along the next 4 weeks!

ps- be on the lookout for the Elimination Challenge winner coming soon!! If you participated in the challenge make sure to respond to the email I sent you! You can’t win if I don’t hear from you! Next Elimination Challenge will be in May, but YOU can do the Elimination Diet ANYTIME!

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Eating Clean on Thanksgiving

Why is it that we feel that gluttony is acceptable during the holidays? Handfuls of candies from your kid’s Halloween stash, stuffing baked goodies into your cheeks, drinking “just one drink” at the bazillion holiday parties…. It will all add up, and fast! Many of you were shocked by my stat about how many lbs the ave. American gains during the holidays, but is it a little easier to understand?

I can’t stand when I hear “well, I don’t plan on wearing a bikini until June anyways!” Why spend half the year taking steps backwards only to have to work harder to reach your goal at the 2nd half? If your true goal is clean health and to be fit, it should be part of your everyday life- not during the warm months!

Well, this week is Thanksgiving! A fun time to get together with friends and family and EAT! I am not saying you shouldn’t eat and enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving favorites, but I am saying that you can still eat clean while enjoying your favorites.

Below are some recipes from various sources- friends, clubFYM.com, and others. And they are so easy & tasty! Give one a try and encourage your family to make cleaner eating choices, even on Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving sides:

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary & Balsamic


* 6 cups cubed butternut squash
* 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
* 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
* 1 tsp fresh rosemary
* 1 tsp ground black pepper
* 1 dash sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
2. Toss squash cubes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. Put on cookie sheet or dish large enough to hold it in a single layer.
3. Roast until squash is very soft and starting to get slightly caramelized.

Carrot fries

Slice carrots into little strips (with mandoline or knife)
coat with a little coconut oil, sea salt, and pepper

They are also good sprinkled w/ cinnamon, olive oil, and sea salt.

450 degrees for 40 minutes

Superfast Asparagus

1 pound asparagus
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Snap the asparagus at the tender part of the stalk. Arrange spears in one layer on a baking sheet. Spray lightly with nonstick spray; sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning.
Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 32 | Total Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol
(Recipe taken from allrecipes.com)

Kickin’ Broccoli and Garlic
Serves 4 people

* 1 bunch broccoli
* 6 cloves garlic
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ½ teaspoon cayenne or chili pepper
* 2 tablespoons water

1. Wash and cut broccoli.
2. Steam in a microwave for about 3-5 minutes, or cook in boiling water for about 10 minutes until barely tender and still brightly colored.
3. Finely chop the garlic.
4. Place olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
5. Add salt, then garlic to hot oil.
6. Sauté until garlic starts to soften.
7. Add the water, then pepper.
8. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
9. Place cooked broccoli in a bowl and pour the garlic mixture over it.
10. Mix gently.

Asparagus Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes.

* 1 bunch of medium sized asparagus, about 1 lb
* 2 Tbsp of the most exquisite extra virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 teaspoon lemon zest – freshly grated lemon rind
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Prepare the asparagus by rinsing them thoroughly, break off any tough, white bottoms and discard. Cut into 1 to 2 inch sections, slicing the asparagus at a slight diagonal.

2 Fill a medium sized saucepan half way with water, bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and reduce heat slightly to a simmer. Parboil the asparagus for exactly 2 minutes. Drain the hot water. While the asparagus are still hot, toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, Parmesan, and lemon rind. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temperature.



Pumpkin Puree

1 sugar pumpkin

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, quarter pumpkin and bake on roasting pan for 3 hours. Remove and let stand at room tempt for 3 hours. Scoop out flesh, removing seeds and puree in food processor or blender until smooth,


Pie crust

2 C almonds

½ C dates

Dash of cinnamon & salt

Blend together in a food processor/blender, press into a pie dish, makes 2.


Raw Pumpkin Pie Filling

2 C pumpkin

1C soaked dates

2t cinnamon

1t diced fresh ginger

1t nutmeg

1t coconut oil

¼ C almond milk or water to help blend

Add pumpkin to blender/food processor until nicely chopped. Add the rest of ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into crust, chill in fridge for 30 minutes before serving

Organic Pumpkin Bread Recipe:

1 cup plain applesauce(organic)

1 cup agave nectar

4 eggs

2 cups pureed pumpkin(canned/organic)

1 cup water

-Mix until smooth

Mix Together:

3 1/3 cups almond meal

2 tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking powder(aluminum free)

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ground cloves

Bake 350 F  for  60 mins


Hope you enjoy some yummy clean Thanksgiving food! Please share any recipes you may have and or how any of these turned out for you!

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Take this challenge!

November has 30 days and that is exactly what we need for the Elimination Diet! If you haven’t read my prior post where I rave on and on about the Elimination Diet then you should (Diets are like bad parenting-NOT EFFECTIVE!). But to give you a shortened version… The Elimination Diet is a 30-day natural detox using real whole foods (nothing fake, no shakes, pills or creams involved!) to clean out toxins from our body to let our bodies respond and react the way that they were created to do. It is YOU who has polluted it with all the crap that goes into your mouth so it is YOU who must commit to this! You body will thank you (sorry for the harshness, but i have no way to say it nicer).
This is the link to the Elimination Diet: http://www.daxmoy-pts.co.uk/elimination.pdf It’s a free resource, anyone can get it, go to the link, print it out and READ IT! Dax Moy, creator of the Elimination Diet explains EXACTLY what to do in detail, I promise. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section of this post and I will do my best to answer it.
So that explained the what and a little bit of the why… let me expand on why. You need to clear your body of the junk because right now your body is not opperating the way it was designed to. You are consuming (even if you think you “eat healthy”) things in your normal diet that are keeping your body from functioning regularly, so in order to fix that you must remove or “eliminate” those things from your diet for 30 days (thats how long it needs to get out of your system). Notice this “diet” has a beginning and end, not something you are expected to do forever, but doing this will help you learn about your body individually so you can know how to fuel it forever!
Who should do this? Let me put it this way- if you answer yes to ALL these questions you are off the hook and do not have to do this 🙂
1. Are you happy with where your body is right now?
2. Do you feel comfortable in situations where you are expected to wear a swimsuit in public?
3. Do you have normal bowel movements (at least 1-3 times a day)?
4. Has your weight remained the same, consistently, for the past 3 years (that means no drastic ups and downs of 10+lbs)?
5. Do you consider yourself to be fit or at your desired fitness level?
6. Do you rarely get sick and when you do you recover very quickly?
7. Do you rarely-never get tummy aches, boated, diarrhea or constipation?
8. Do you wake up full of energy and sustain your energy level all day?

Not many, if any, people can answer yes to all those questions. Even the most fit or most “healthy” people can benefit from the Elimination Diet!
What if you don’t need/or wish to lose weight? great question! The elimination diet is not focused on weight loss, but like I tell ALL my clients- if you follow and stay true to the Elimination Diet then if there is weight to be lost, it will start to get lost. The Elimination Diet is for everone! Whether your goals are to maintain weight, lose fat, gain muscle, have more energy or just to feel better! EVERYONE can benefit from this challenge!
If you choose to not participate and you are reading this, you simply are not ready (or willing) to take control of your body and try to see what happens. This is my biggest frustration and my biggest heart break when it comes to my profession. So many people want change, they want results, they have goals, they want to finally have success… but unfortunately it seems like too much work. If only I could do it for you, I would! But the desire and commitment to take control of your situation can only come from you. And when you’re finally ready you will get results, I promise! So what do you say? Do you take this challenge?

Please post a comment below if you will be joining us*! We start Sunday, November 1st, 2009 and the first 2 days are prep days, so you cannot say you don’t have enough time to get ready! If you decide to join late that is fine! unfortunately you will not qualify for the prize, but you will be making a HUGE step in reaching your health and fitness goals!

Once I have received your comment I will email you with what I need from you and you can expect to be receiving emails from me to support you during this 30-day challenge.

The winner will be announced on December 15th. Each participant will be responsible to respond to me during the first week of December with their reflection of how their 30-day challenge went to qualify in being considered for the honor of being the 2nd Elimination Challenge winner. Let’s do this!

*Please note that I will never share any information regarding you or anything you share with me on my blog without prior approval from you. Anything you leave in the comment box below is public, if you would like to contact me privately please email me at fatmomtofitmom@gmail.com

ps- challenge is open to all ages and genders! It’s not just for moms, great for EVERYONE!

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Its that time of year again!

Do you smell the sweet pumpkin candles everywhere? Have you starting your holiday baking? Pulling out the warm sweaters? Turning on the heater? Yes, this time of year can feel so cozy and warm, especially if you are an average american who puts on 12lbs during the holidays.
Well, NOT THIS YEAR! Lets battle this “tradition” and end it now! Who cares if you don’t plan on wearing a bathing suit until next June- Thats a LAME excuse to put on extra lbs!
Here’s how we will do this. Accountability and learning! Please Join me in my 2nd Fatmomtofitmom Elimination Challenge!! For 30 days I want YOU to join me during the month of November to Eliminate items from our daily food intake to better learn about your body and to avoid ugly fat gain during the holidays.
If you can feel the fluff adding and the jiggle as you drive YOU NEED TO DO THIS! If you make the same resolution Jan 1st every year (to lose weight) then YOU NEED TO DO THIS! If you just said “elimination during THANKSGIVING?!!” YOU NEED TO DO THIS!
More details to come friday, October 30th, but know these three things:
1-you won’t regret joining my challenge!
2-you will be supported the whole way through
3- there is a prize* for the most improvement among the participants!-seriously, I have it now- and I even have a friend working on a male friendly prize 🙂

*the prize is currently limited to participants in Southern California and is for a female (males can use it as a gift for their special lady!), but I am working/looking for a prize that can be mailed to any participant in the United States, regardless I would LOVE your participation.

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Why it’s important to take a before picture

Everything has a beginning, every book, every life, every journey. There is always a start. Your fitness journey will/or did also. Do you have a before picture? Do you have a physical way to remember the way you were before? Do you have a way to visually measure and see the difference your efforts have made? I can personally tell you that having that before picture makes all the difference when you’re busting your butt or when you feel like you are spinning your wheels for nothing, or when that plate of cookies looks so yummy. Empower yourself with a before picture today. Go find those jeans that you keep avoiding to get rid of because you WILL fit in them one day. Put them on, even if they only pull up to your knees and take a picture. Use your phone, no one else has to see it. It exists to empower you and to help you see the changes when you feel hopeless or like you want to give up.
my before picture:
I’m not proud of the way I look here. This was taken May of 2008 and I am 201 lbs here. I had my baby girl in March of 2008 and well ya know I’ve already been on this soap box. But something about this picture- it now lives on every one of my business cards I hand out. My 19 month old daughter held my business card and pointed at my current picture and said “Mommy!” then I asked her who was in my before picture. She stared at it, then shrugged her shoulders and said “I dunno!”. Wow, my baby doesn’t know that woman, and I never want her to.

My current picture:
60lbs lost and feeling like a rockstar!

So I never thought I’d EVER post pictures of myself anywhere, let alone the internet- where ANYONE can see them. I’m kinda a private person, but I have learned the benefit of taking and posting my before and current pictures.
I had initially resisted because i thought it would be so embarrassing for people to see me especially in a bikini. And its online so my nephews or my pastor or my husbands co-workers could see them! But I did it, i took a leap of faith and I did it because I realize two things. 1-People needed to see the change and 2-I needed to see it too.
You can tell people all you want about the benefits of getting fit or how awesome a workout is or how eating clean makes you feel, but when it comes down to it, when I slap down my business card with my pictures on them thats when I get a response. They can see the change. I wholeheartily agree that the change inside is soo much greater then what can be seen outside, but what I display outside is my only way to communicate the wonderful changes inside. I have blogged before of how I felt physically and emotionally before the fat loss, but no words can really do them justice so I can give you my pictures.
In seeing the responses and people telling me how motivating my success was being for them, I became a believer in posting pictures.

We are the only one who is with ouorselves every minute of the day. We are the ones who see ourselves in the mirror, we are the ones who can feel that bulge over our pants when we sit. We are the ones who notice the jiggly or bumpy or whatever on ourselves. Something I noticed is that the self critiquing, though is lessens and the focus shifts, it’s still there. I don’t hate myself anymore. I don’t get depressed and cry endlessly because nothing will zip or sit right, but It is so easy for me to feel like I am back at square one and feel like I look yucky because that old fat Rossy is still in there deep inside and she tries to come out and bring new Rossy down and she is so sly sometimes. But I am empowered with that before picture. I know I am a different woman now, because I can see it!

Well? Go take your picture! You’ll be so happy you did!

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Drum roll please!

okay, so I know I never announced the winner for my May Elimination Diet 30-day Challenge- I have learned to get the prize physically in hand before the challenge now 🙂

So we started with 10 excited participants and ended with 6 AMAZING finishers! The challenge was to complete the 30-day Elimination Diet where we would be removing 1-sugar, 2-red meat, 3-caffiene, 4-procced foods, 5-alcohol & 6-dairy for 30 days. In doing this you remove unwanted toxins from your body while flooding it with nutrient rich whole foods (and the natural side effect of that is your blody releases the fat that has been trapped by toxins in your body). Everyone did an awesome job learning so much about their body, losing a ton of inches & fat and gaining so much knowledge about what their body truly wanted and needed.

It was pretty tough to choose a winner of the challenge, I saw so much growth and transformation of the mind, so many insights about food addictions people had no idea they had. I prayed a long while about it and then it was clear to me who the winner was.

This person gave their 100% to the challenge, they had ups and downs- which is totally normal, but this person stood out because she learned something that is key to her success. She was able to stop and look inwardly when she met a new challenge or a road block. She not only is melting away on the outside, but she is going through amazing transformations on the inside of herself. She understands herself in a new light, she sees her obstacles now and can prepare and equip herself for them instead of getting side swipped. She is implementing her insights daily and continues on her journey. She has goals and her eyes are steadfast on them.

The winner of Fatmomtofitmom.com’s first ever challenge is my good friend Terri Yard! In the 30 days she managed to lose 7 inches of fat! Isn’t that awesome?! Terri is an amazing woman and I am honored to be her friend and witness what an amazing transformation she is having.

Terri’s dedication to her fitness and health is being rewarded with a gift certificate for her choice of a massage or facial from Total Woman Spa!

Terri: I am so incredibly proud of you. You are an inspiration to me and you fuel my motivation to keep on going. I am honored and blessed to be your friend and thank God for putting us together. I am happy to be on this journey together and show the world what we are capable of if we rely on our Lord for strength, learn about how He designed us to be and remain diligent to His calling of keeping His temple clean!

woo hoo! Help me congratulate Terri with comments below!

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all the ladies in the house- say hey!

CLICK HERE>Summer Slim Down Challenge Finalists<CLICK HERE

The link above will direct you to some of the most pheonominal and inspiring stories of how women have been empowered with the information and support they needed to literally TRANSFORM their bodies and minds.

Please check it out, read their stories, check out their before and after pictures and VOTE! I along side these women and dozens of others participated in a 12 week Summer Slim Down Challenge through ClubFYM.com.

The next challenge starts this coming monday, Aug. 3rd and if you are a woman I WANT you to join us!! Before all your excuses start spewing out of your mouth- read my answers to those excuses first!

1-no time: Holly Rigsby is the creator and author of Fit Yummy Mummy and has designed a workout program that takes 15 minutes a workout! literally 15 minutes. 3 resistance workouts, 3 interval cardio workouts= 90 minutes of working out a week! if you are doing 0 minutes or 10 hours of working out a week I personally challenge you to give this a try- and you will see and feel a difference!

2- no $, ha! I got this one covered too! clubfym.com’s membership is $9.95 a month- BUT if you click the link I have for it to the right you will see that you can sign up and get 30 days FREE! Yup, free! & the link to the right for the e-book (which is needed to do the challenge) allows you to try the e-book for 30 days for $4.95 ! After 30 days you will have to pay the remaining $35 (I believe) and after 30 days of clubFYM membership you will also have to start paying… BUT! I want to challenge you to try this challenge for 30 days, give the 30 days your all.  Do everything just the way its outlined for you (completely doable and reasonable) for 30 days, at 30 days remeasure, take another picture of yourself. If after 30 days you don’t have jaw dropping results and not one person has complimented how awesome you look and your clothes are still fitting the way they were then I give you permission to quit! and get not spend another cent on it. I seriously believe that you will get amazing results with this THAT much! So what’s $4.95 ? Hey- if you don’t believe how amazing this might me- read the testimonies of the ladies in above link!

3- I’ve tried EVERYTHING! Ok- so you’ve tried what? fad diets? starving yourself? sweating yourself into an injury? Have you ever learned about your body? about nutrition? about HOW to excercise and do it effectively??! Well, then you haven’t tried everything, or else you wouldn’t be in the physical state you are currently in. You have been looking for the quick fix, the magic pill and special exotic cream, the perfect slimming shake. It ain’t out there! You gotta know how to eat, when to eat, what to eat & how to exercise! (notice the emphasis on the eating!)

4- I just don’t think this will work for me. A very wise woman at clubFYM.com said something that changed my world- she said “excuses are just well designed LIES!” stop lying to yourself, stop telling yourself you will never get there, stop thinking that you will never lose the fat, or never be fit, or never be happy with the way you look! If you buy into this lie, then you are choosing to just stay where you are at! sorry, I’m a little harsh, but how can you know something won’t work for you- unless you try it!

5- maybe next time. yeah I’ve heard that one before, why are you so afraid to act NOW! live NOW! Change NOW! you ARE worth it, you DESERVE to be happy, to live free-er, to do and be what you want to be.

okay, well, if still you refuse to try and see what amazing results you CAN achieve then, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that with my own transformation I cannot convince you enough, just know that I will trek on and give my all for you, you will get to this place one day, and I pray and hope I can be part of it, cause that’s me. I want you to be happy, I want you to know what you are capable of. Will you join me? and I AM seriously talking to you! No one is going to be reading this far into my post if it wasn’t meant to be. so Join ME! We can do it!

Now that you’re in here is what I NEED of you:

-comment on this post so I can keep you accountable

-click on links to the right for e-book and for clubfym

-once signed up for clubfym go there and get registered for the challenge that begins on monday!

Okay ladies, LETS DO THIS! I will be here to hold your hand the whole way, I promise!

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12-week Summer Slim Down Challenge Results are in!

So as you know, I love a good challenge. So I participated in the Summer Slim Down Challenge through ClubFYM.com. I have raved on and on about how much I love this online community I do wish you’d click on the link to the right of the screen and check it out yourself! But here are my results from the challenge. I have also included the essay and pictures I have submitted into the website, a bit lengthy, but from my heart! 🙂

Summer Transformation Challenge 2009! BRING IT!

Name: Rossy
Age: 25
Height: 5’1″

May 1st————–July 24th (difference)

Weight: 154.8————144.2 (10.6LBS GONE FOREVER!)
body fat %: 29.3%————25.9% (3.4% BODY FAT GONE!)
waist: 30.5″————28.5” (2” GONE!)
BB: 32.25″————30.25” (2” GONE!)
chest: 36.5″————-34.25”(2.25” GONE!)
bust: 37.5″————–35.75”(1.75” GONE!)
under bust: 33″————–31.25”(1.75” GONE!)
hips/booty: 41.75″—————Hips: 37.75” Booty: 40” (1.75” GONE!)
under butt(with both legs): 40″—————37.5”(2.5” GONE!)
R thigh: 24.5″————23.25”(1.25” GONE!)
L thigh: 24.25″———–23.25”(1” GONE!)
R bicep: 12″————11”(1” GONE!)
L bicep: 11.75″———11”(.75” GONE!)
R upper arm: 13.25″———–12”(1.25” GONE!)
L upper arm: 13″————–12”(1” GONE!)
neck: 13.25″—————-12.75”(.5” GONE!)
R calf: 14.75″—————–14”(.75” GONE!)
L calf: 14.5″——————-14”( .5” GONE!)

TOTALS: 10.6 lbs removed, down 3.4% body fat & 22.5 INCHES GONE?! WHAT?!


WOW! I think I just wow-ed myself! I really had no idea that I had made so much progress with the inches! I knew things were fitting way looser, but you know what we do in our heads- we think “oh, I must have stretched these out the last time I wore them”, or “oh! Its cause they are not fresh out of the wash! That’s when they feel the tightest!” ha! Why do we continue to do that to ourselves?! NO MORE! I’m going to be content and not excuse myself when the true inner me is saying “LOOK HOW MUCH CLOSER YOU ARE!” And with new clothing I have purchased I right away think “this MUST be mis-labeled- there’s no way I fit into a 6 or a 4!” (well the 4 I do own, I really think that the brand must run big, because I do not feel like I can pick up any 4 and fit into them- but I will soon!)

This challenge has been awesome for me. I felt so empowered by what I was able to prove to myself and accomplish. As many of you know this is not the beginning nor the end of my personal journey to fitness. This is a lifelong race and I intend on continuing to wow myself and others. I am crying as I see my stats and my pictures, I had really convinced the old Rossy that this was impossible, that I would never get there. Now I look at my original pictures (from may 08) and I don’t even recognize that woman. She isn’t me, she was a sad, fat and hopeless girl who hated herself. I am nothing like her. I am happy, satisfied, excited, eager, confident, inspiring, hott, yummy and extremely hopeful for what is to come.

This challenge has pushed me to become leaner, think leaner, think stronger, except the changes that occurring in my body and embrace them! I am becoming fit! I keep on trying to categorize myself as fat or chubby, but I don’t think I can do that anymore. I’m actually starting to feel…. Dare I say! Not fat! Wow, I actually am JUST realizing this! I’m not fat! Now don’t get me wrong! I still have a ways to go, and I still have goals! There is no end or finishing point, if there were this would not be called a fitness JOURNEY, it would be a fitness trip… and that’s not what I am on.

Well, I feel so all over the place with this, ok- Mentally I have grown a lot, I now am embracing the new me and it excites me to see where I will go from here, cause I can only get leaner, fitter, stronger! I am allowing myself to not be fat and trap myself in the fat girl mind set. I don’t have emotional break downs cause nothing fits, or cause my jeans cut off my circulation. If anything I cannot find anything that doesn’t look sloppy! I allow myself to indulge, I don’t beat myself up for any bad choices. I look in the mirror and I smile, I am actually loving myself- and that’s something I think I have never done in my life, since I can remember I had hated my body. I remember as early as five years old I would look at my big belly and be sad. I remember using my birthday wishes as a child to wish myself skinny. Wow, this is really emotional!

Okay, enough crying! Nutrition- I have come a long way here. I crave good nutrition, I am excited to try new things, I love the online planner and feel like it’s a sort of balancing game I am always wanting to win. But all at the same time I am not OBSESSED with it. I allow myself to indulge, maybe sometimes more then I should. I have gotten out of the mentality of rewarding myself or allowing myself to indulge based on the fact that I worked out. I no longer workout more so I can eat more, but I eat to support the workouts I do- SO DIFFERENT! I started the Challenge by doing the Elimination Diet for the 2nd time. I also challenged some of my friends to do it with me on my fitness blog- www.FatmomtoFitmom.com- I had 10 participants and the ones that went all the way through were so blessed to learn about their bodies and get over the plateaus they were experiencing. And I was blessed to have their support and to support them. I am now committed to doing the ED every 6 months challenging myself to be even stricter with it, in November 2009 I plan to do a completely raw Elimination Diet, I will have to do some research about all that as it gets closer! I am currently trying the carb rotation diet and it has been awesome. I am doing this for the sole purpose of training myself to include carbs in my diet and to balance them. I had always thought carbs=bread, and I know that is not true so I am learning lots right now!

Workouts- I did not do the FYM workouts like I wanted to, but that was because I did not want to overtrain as I was doing a lot with my new job as a group fitness instructor! I got hired in June and had my first class on June 30th, since then I have had 3 more classes and have been practicing for my 10+ more classes I have in August! I absolutely LOVE teaching group fitness! I am fuelled by the energy and excitement the other women bring, but I can tell that I have a growing desire to become a personal trainer and also get some type of certificate in nutrition! I love helping women figure out the mystery of fitness and nutrition and get results! But before then I want to achieve my goals, I want to look like a personal trainer! I want to look as fit & yummy as Holly!

I had a amazing time with this challenge and I am looking forward to the next where I plan to be much more active here at clubFYM, you ladies simply amaze me and fuel me with the motivation and inspiration to continue my journey strong! I am honored to be part of this amazing and blessed community!

1. I will get down to 25% body fat by the end of the challenge.-I’m down to 25.9% I am very please with this accomplishment!
2. I will be content with what ever number that is on the scale.- I am! Seeing that my weight went down as did my body fat % is great confirmation that I am going about this in an effective and healthy way!
3. I will get my waist & BB down under 30″- got my waist down to 28.5”! Belly button is at 30.25”- so close, I’m still very happy with this!
4. I will get my hips/booty down under 40″- Well, this is a funny one, my hips and largest part of my booty have always been the same place….until now! I now have a distinction between them! And the largest of the 2 (booty of course!) is at 40”!
5. I will complete the 30 days of the Elimination Diet beginning 5/1- check! This was awesome!
6. I will eat clean for the entire challenge- so this one did not happen, but looking at it now, that was kinda a silly goal, I should have put 80% of the time!
7. I will complete each and every workout- I remained active the whole time!
8. I will do this with my all, 100% of myself- I did, and I learned that giving my 100% may not equal perfection, and that is ok!
9. I will only step on the scale once a week to do my weekly weigh-in on Peertrainer.com- I did great with this for the first half, I have been stepping on more often since I started the carb rotation diet, I am doing this so I can see how my body reacts to high, low or no carb days- this has not developed into an obsession as it has before.
10. I will only do a waist and hips measurement once a week for my peertrainer.com group. all other measurements will wait for the end of the challenge.-yup!
11. At the end of this challenge I want to feel good in my own skin, I want to wear a bikini no matter the stretch marks. I want to feel hott! I want to reflect on the outside what I feel on the inside.- I did this! I wore a bikini in front of my family! Last weekend I did a 5k mudrun with my familia and had no problem stripping down to my bikini and chilling like that while I got cleaned up, afterwards I actually left my bikini top on as a top while we all hung out! I wanted to work on my belly tan J
12. At the end of this challenge I want to have completely transformed my nutritional habits and not just finish the Elimination Diet and go back. I have no business having what I used to have in my cupboards, or eating what I used to eat.-I do feel like I have accomplished this! I have not purchased the things we used to have, I am very careful and I read ingrediants. I mostly just buy everything fresh. The best part about it is that my hubby is super happy with this change and doesn’t miss anything! Praise God!

Here’s to the next challenge and your personal journey!!

Lets go girls! We can do it!

Before & After pictures:

RossyBeforeSTC front

RossyAfterSTC front

RossyBeforeSTC side

RossyAfterSTC side

RossyBeforeSTC back

RossyAfterSTC back

RossyBeforeSTC strongRossyAfterSTC strong

ATTENTION ALL LADIES READING THIS! the next FYM challenge begins on Aug 3rd and if you are reading this now, you ARE doing it with me! 🙂 now you MUST click on the link to the right of the screen that says Fit Yummy Mummy (no-you do not have to be a mom!!) if you are female, you are to listen to me! I want you to join clubfym.com the online community for the 30 day free trial (to start- so you can’t say you cannot afford it!) then I want you to click on the ebook for Fit Yummy Mummy to the right of the screen and get the ebook for $4.95 to try it. READ IT! this will change your life regardless of what your goals are or even if you currently have no goals or think you don’t need goals. This WILL improve your life and the life of the ones you love. TRY IT AND SEE! Stop kidding and lying to yourself, you need to take care of you! Stop thinking you can do this on your own- YOU NEED SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE! If you cannot read how SERIOUS AND PASSIONATE I am about this, then YOU’RE BLIND- NOTICE ALL THE BOLD TYPE!


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