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Friday, January 29, 2010



The last month has been an eye opener for me. An old friend unexpectly had a brain tumor removed. An old friends dad passed . This has made me stop to think. Life is short. Make that call. Say those words. Reconnect. Before it is too late. We are not immortal. One day we will all meet again. But until then make the most of your life and don't forget to keep in touch.

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The MOST important meal of the day!

Guilty as charged! I never eat breakfast but it is the most important meal of the day!

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets. Other cereal benefits:
Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.

Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures. Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office. For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness. Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals.

My friends at MyBlogSpark and General Mills sent my coupons to try out some of their cereal. We are sold. My kids love it!
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


What are your top 5 New Year's resolutions for getting healthy and fit in 2010?

1. Cut down on Starbucks, notice I did noot say CUT OUT. I also cut down on the size, grand to a tall.
2. Cut out/down on regular soda. Switched to diet.
3. Pay attention to what I eat. It really makes a difference is you are concious of what you eat.
4. Start working out more. My dumbbells, jump rope and pedometer will be here today!!
5. Be more active in general!

Enter to win your own copy of Wii, Your Shape game from Twitter Moms!

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Monday, January 25, 2010


WIN - Litte Miss Matched Baby Socks

I received the CUTEST package in the mail yesterday from my friends at LittleMissMatched!! Oh my Ashlee will look SO cute in these I thought. And was I right!!! Carson has some of these socks too for older children. He loves them because they don't have to match and that is often the truth when you go to look for socks, eminently the sock monster or the washing machine has stolen one of the two. Then you toss the one you have left and then the other shows up a month later! What a waste! That is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE LittleMissMatched.
I encourage everyone to check out their site and leave a comment for which item they like best.

about us
Hi there!I’m LittleMissMatched and it’s been my mission to: 1) solve the age-old problem of the disappearing sock, 2) transform everyday products into necessary accessories, 3) give kids of all ages permission to express themselves and 4) allow girls to be girls for as long as they want.But socks were just the beginning. I've got all kinda stuff that'll knock your boring white socks off! From books to bedding, PJ’s to pencil pouches and flip flops to furniture, I’m all about creativity and individuality. I want you to express yourself! My innovative products are fashion forward AND evergreen. And best of all, they balance high quality, ingenuity, and FUN!The media, celebrities and retailers alike have fallen madly in love with yours truly! Why? Cuz who else lets you: 1) be as missmatched as you wanna be, 2) go crazy with your creativity, 3) unleash your inner child to come out and play?! and LittleMissMatched are giving away one Candy Jar full of Boys or Girls Baby socks (your choice on gender).
Ways to enter to win:
1. Subscribe to my blog! and leave a comment that you subscribed and favorite item from their site.
2. Follow my on Twitter! @tanyapeila
3. Blog about this contest.
Leave a comment for EACH entry method please.
Winner will be chosen January 31, 2010
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Friday, January 22, 2010


Day 148

Well I have not stepped on a scale. I think it is because I am disappointed I have not lost any weight. But I do feel good for a change. I just ordered dumbbells, a jump rope and a pedometer at lunch. I like going to the gym but since we don't have the funds for me to continue with a personal trainer I feel stupid doing it by myself. I got a great iPod App that I can do at home and still go to the gym once or twice a week for a boxing class and swimming.
So looking forward to keeping at it. IT WILL PAY OFF. I am sure of it!
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WIN a trip for two to Los Angeles

I have never seen a movie with this cast! Looks HILARIOUS and I can't wait to see it!

One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to Los Angeles, including round-trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay at the luxury SLS Hotel ( in Beverly Hills) with dinner for two at SLS's Bazaar restaurant and a private VIP tour of the Warner Bros. Studio lot, where "Valentine's Day" was filmed. Twelve finalists will each receive two tickets to see the film. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, will also provide the winners with a free one-month premium membership to find that perfect babysitter.

HOW TO ENTER:Enter at: , and tell us your most romantic or funniest Valentine's Day memory. All entries should be rated PG. The twelve finalists will be selected during the months of January and February 2010. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from among the 12 finalists in February. Three Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges on or around each of the following dates: January 23, 2010, January 30, 2010, February 6, 2010, and February 13, 2010. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from among the 12 Finalists on or around February 13, 2010.

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Monday, January 18, 2010


WIN - St. Eve Kids Pink Cozy!

Back in December I entered a contest on Twittermoms. I ended up winning a St. Eve Kids Pink Cozy and also got one to give away to a lucky reader!
Now I have to tell you this thing is WAY softer than what we think of as a "Snuggie". And even though it is a kids product fits us short ones PERFECT!!

When I opened it up my son said "I WANT IT!"
Now we fight over it! But he did request a Blue one next time!
Ways to enter to win:
1. Subscribe to my blog! and leave a comment that you subscribed and YOUR tips to get your kids to bed on time at night!
2. Follow my on Twitter! @tanyapeila
3. Blog about this contest.
Leave a comment for EACH entry method please.
Winner will be chosen January 24, 2010 (my wonderful husband's birthday!)

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Friday, January 15, 2010


Day 155

I am on my way! Have not lost any weight yet but my HUGE accomplishment is drinking water. I HATE HATE HATE water. But have started drinking it in the form of Crystal Light and I am not to the goal of 8 "servings" per day but I do anywhere between 2-6 which is a HUGH step for me!
I also had a slight foot injury which is healing nicely so will be back at the gym this Sunday. Only missed one day at the gym!
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Monday, January 11, 2010


Day 159

So how many of you think I gave up already?

NOT! I've been working my butt off. Yesterday had the personal trainer cancel on me. So instead of just waiting around for her to reschedule I called and got a same day appt with Phil. Right now, Phil is EVIL (so are air squats and lunges!). What was suppose to be an assessment turned into what Phil calls "prescribed torture", so INTENTIONAL torture was the REAL words he was looking for. Thanks for Phil, I DID get a GREAT workout and am cursing him every time I walk today! He said I was doing the assessment too easily, which IS a compliment.

Tonight I go back for some solo "Interval" cardio. I would like to do it outside but it is POURING, and I even contemplated that the rain would not be so bad until I thought of how WET my feet would be GROSS!!!

Tomorrow it's a rest day. A light walk or maybe some laps in the pool. More like sitting in the hot tub is probably what I will want to do!

Wednesday back to see Phil and tell him how much I LOVE him, YEAH RIGHT!!!

Onto the nutrition. I have to admit I did not track this weekend. I did not think it would be hard but it was. For one I just did not think about tracking. Two I don't eat nearly as much on the weekends as I do on the week days. But I was aware of what I was eating even if it was "not as much" and noticed it was "not as healthy" for me either. Guess this coming weekend I have some work to do.

I want to THANK everyone for their support. I have never done this before. I think having a trainer will help TREMENDOUSLY no matter how much I say I don't like him. Next question is can we afford it?

Nope did not weigh in this morning. Took all my energy to get dressed and out of the house! OUCH!
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Day 164

Ok so first I have a challenge for you! Along with my Weight Loss Challenge 2010 my good friend Lori turned me onto this completely FREE website which is a WONDERFUL resource for my challenge and I think will be a great tool for you all. It is called
Here is my challenge for you!

Compete with Me at

I'm getting in shape and tracking my workouts at Now, I'm challenging YOU to try and keep up! Below is my monthly exercise goal, which I log on Can you match me-or maybe even beat me?!My Monthly Fitness Minute Goal: 360SparkPeople is the world's largest healthy living community with a FREE online nutrition and fitness program. SparkPeople is helping thousands of people achieve their fitness goals every single day! By Joining SparkPeople You Get:
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To join go here!

And now for the weigh in.............

170 pounds! Oh My!

Check out my page for my weight loss goals

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Monday, January 4, 2010


Weight Loss Challenge 2010

Ok so this is not a resolution just something that has to be done!
My goal = 25 pounds by June 19th 2010 and an additional 25 by December 31, 2010
So I might as well share with the world! I will weigh myself and yes you will see it tomorrow.
So NO diet. I refuse! But I do believe in
1. trying to eat better,
2. snack healthier and
3. start exercising. (Yes I said the E Word)
4. Cut down on Starbucks, yes sorry to report maximum 3 times a week.
5. And cut down on the soda, switching to diet at home to start with.
And...progress today I made the appointment with the personal trainer for Sunday.
Exercise goal, workout three times a week, Sunday - Wednesday and the other days use the Wii. Yes I know lame but that is how it has to be with my busy schedule. Maybe someone will give me one of the new EA Wii's to test out?
And today I ate a donut! Yes they say if you want it eat it in moderation. So I did. Because normally I buy the entire dozen and eat two or three. So I ate one. actualy weight! Scary!
166 days to go, and 25 pounds...
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