FFM Spotlight-Ashley Redwood

What does it take for someone to get serious about weight loss? Well, for me, it took a job I hated! I hated it so much that I had gained 60 lbs in almost three years from the stress from it. I had complained, complained, complained. Applied, applied and applied for more jobs. Soon after, someone told me I needed to give it to God. So I did. And to show Him I was serious, I promised if he granted me a new job, I’d lose the stress of the old. Months later, I’d gotten the job. Obviously God didn’t think I was serious enough so he gave me another motivator because a week later I found out I was pregnant.

I started being mindful of what I was putting into my body at that moment. I started at 305 and at the height of my pregnancy I was 325. After the baby arrived, I nose dived into it. I breastfed for a month which helped me lost the pregnancy weight.

August came and it was back to reality. With a new baby, going to the gym became more of a nuisance than an aid. So, I brought the gym to me. I would walk around my apartment complex (a mile) and started ordering DVDs, games and weights. I have Leslie Sansone’s 5 Really Big Miles, Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs and Zumba Fitness and Just Dance 4 for Wii. I took 15-30 min walks at work during my lunches and/or breaks at work.

I also started meal planning. Before I did grocery shopping, I would write down things I had no problem with eating for at least 5 days of the week, including snacks. Soup, lean meats, VEGGIES, almonds, pepperoni and cheese sticks, Greek yogurt, etc. The biggest thing I did was join myfitnesspal.com so that I could track what I was putting into my body.

            Six months later, I have lost a total of 45 pounds!! I have bad days. I have plateaus. I have weeks where I have lost no lbs but inches…but, I stick with it. I press through. I’m not done yet but…if I can do it … anyone can!




Workout Wednesday: P1 vs P2

So I thought this week I would take a trip down memory lane and compare my pregnancies thus far.


  • Starting weight: 197
  • 40wks: 238
  • Workouts-None, I stopped once the 1st trimester lazys kicked in.
  • Eating: I lived by the eating for 2!!! I gave in to every craving and lived it up with food.
  • Health: I did have high blood pressure and a lot of fluid built up on my body. Anemic and on iron.


  • Starting weight :209
  • 29 wks 224
  • Workouts- Ran a 5k at 15wks, keeping up with Pump it classes twice a week and pushing to get at least 2 additional days added in.
  • Eating: I make better food decisions, I’m human and will give in to some cravings but I’m more aware of what I’m eating.
  • Health: No high blood pressure or meds this time!!!! 🙂 Anemic and on iron.
19wks P1 and 17 wks P2

19 wks P1 and 17 wks P2

20 wks it is a girl x2

20 wks it is a girl x2

25 wks P1 and P2

25 wks P1 and P2

Working our during P2

Working out during P2

I can see some difference in most of my pics but I can really tell a difference in how I feel and my energy levels.  Now that I’m in my 3rd trimester I can’t lie I am feeling every bit of being pregnant.  But this go around seemed to go by faster and wasn’t as uncomfortable. (this may change in the next few months lol)

Handsome Fella or Lil Lady? Gender Reveal Party Redux

So, in lieu of a baby shower to celebrate the birth of our second child I decided to have a gender reveal party. I took a large page out the Hostess with the Mostess  (HWTM) blog and used the theme Handsome Fella or Lil Lady, which was created by Cristina Prusz of Le Partie Sugar.


Big Brother!

I decided immediately that I loved everything about the theme for the party from the invites to the decorations. I literally studied the Le Partie Sugar blog post and the HWTM post to make sure I had every detail to recreate the party. I ordered the invites and the decorating kit from Cristina’s etsy shop and had everything printed at my local Office Max. I’m pretty sure you can print at home for even cheaper but I didn’t have all the supplies and it was easier for me to delegate this task. 🙂

I also included Yus’ on everything as he of course is the big brother. I found a cute mustache long sleeve by Vicarious Clothing that just fit perfectly with our party theme for Yus.

I went with white table covers, clear plastic plates & cutlery and kiwi cups and napkins (to match the chartreuse in the color scheme). My MiL had mentioned that games were a must for the 2 hour party just to keep every entertained. We already had everything for the voting station – complete with stickers for everyone to wear of their choice. Which made it easy to split everyone into teams for the games if need be. So, while browsing pinterest I stumbled upon Through Clouded Glass blog, where Callie Nicole has had 2 great gender reveal parties.  Check her site for some great game ideas. We decided just to play a Mad Libs game I put together.

Nonetheless the party was great – and we are having another BOY!

gender reveal 3


Yus’ Shirt by Vicarious Clothing

Vicarious on FB & Twitter @be_vicarious

The Sweet Shop Cookie Co on FB

Hope everyone had a great weekend and great President’s Day! I know I did!! 🙂

Recipe Sunday: Mac and Cheese

So once again more cravings.  Since the beginning of my pregnancy I have been craving my NaNa’s Mac and Cheese.  Since I couldn’t get her to make it for me I have been trying to get her recipe down, no SUCCESS with that.  But Oh Joy she is with us for a week and today is the day I get to satisfy this craving.  So to be honest I’m sure we could make this a bit healthier so here we go.

NaNa’s recipe includes:

  • Bag of sharp cheddar shredded cheese
  • 2 blocks of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 table spoon sugar
  • 1 table spoon flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Pepper, mustard powered, salt to taste

Healthy Remix: Mac and Cheese Lite

Makes: 4 servings

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Salt
  • 4 ounces whole wheat macaroni
  • 1/2 cup onion-garlic puree (see “Rocco’s Secret Weapon,” below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

5 Healthier Twists On Macaroni And Cheese (RECIPES)

Paula Deen’s Healthier Mac and Cheese