Category: Family

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Struggles, Strength and Trust

Brace yourself…this is going to be a long one.  It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything down and there’s a lot on my mind.  Let me pause so you can get a cup of coffee or tea or diet coke before you sit down to read this…. I realized today that I had been holding a lot in.  When I began writing about my journey I said I would be honest and not hold back.  I wanted to open people’s eyes up to the ups, downs, bumps and bruises that all come with the journey to lose weight, change your...

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Cooke Family Year in Review

2014 was a pretty good year for the Cooke family!  It’s kind of crazy to think back to everything that happened. January started off a little rough for us with the nasty cold weather (we made the best of it though by playing in the snow), myself getting shingles, and everyone else in the family being sick.  But February brought a better outlook for us all.   Jobs. When February rolled around big changes came with it (unfortunately snowmageddon stayed a little longer though).  Mike got a job!  And a job he loves, doing what he loves, for a great local...

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A Birthday Gift of Health

Today on my 35th birthday I’m giving myself the gift of health.  The knowledge that through the choices I have made over the past 2 years and will continue to make have made me a healthier person for myself, my family and friends. And…then there’s this:

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Getting Healthy: Piyo

Well…it’s been awhile.  Life kind of happens and I forget about this thing called blogging.  But, I recently finished a new workout program that I HAVE to share with you.  Now, I love HIIT workouts and I love lifting weights, but Piyo by Chalene Johnson, is none of that.  And it’s awesomeness.  It’s about toning, building strength, and using your body without impact to define the muscles that you have. When I started Piyo, I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical. I was used to jumping up and down like a crazy woman with Shaun T and...

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Getting Healthy: 2 Years Ago

Two years ago I started a journey.  It started with a wake up call or one serious kick in the pants from the universe, whatever you want to call it, and now, two years later, it has turned into not just a straight path to lose weight, but a journey with its ups and downs, turns, bumps, bruises, sweat, tears, and so many other things I can’t put into words. I quickly learned that losing weight is not just about losing weight.  It’s about changing your mindset.  Building an inner strength in yourself to propel yourself forward into a new life....

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Duck Ride

We recently went on a little mini-family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH.  We love Great Wolf because it has everything packaged in one location and the kiddo has a TON of fun. On our way home we stopped in Newport, KY, ate lunch on the river at the Claddagh Irish Pub (one of Mike’s and my favorites), walked on the Purple People Bridge, then took Sam on her first ever Duck Ride!  At first she wasn’t sure about the duck noise makers, but by the end she was the only one left quacking at everyone we passed....