Sunday, January 10, 2010

Back In The Saddle

Well, I'm back in the game! The official start day was last Wednesday. I am bigger than the last time I started by a couple pounds. I can't believe it. I literally felt ill every day because of all the overeating that took place over the holidays. It other way to put it! Our Christmas present was a Nordic Trac Elliptical Machine. I am hoping that I can work out on it and not feel like I am dying...LOL!

I'll do a little history. I was doing so well, running 2 miles and walking at least a mile 5 days a week. I had lost 11 or 12 pounds and was feeling great. Then, we took off to my mom's house for 10 days. We returned back to the hottest place on the edge of the earth. Running was out of the question. So, I took a hiatus...bad move. Once I got out of the habit, all the bad habits returned. So, when school started back up, I went back into running mode. Unfortunately, I developed a painful case of plantar facitis. After 3 months of physical therapy, it was better. I did decide I didn't need to run on my poor foot. Which brings us to the elliptical machine.

Well, I started with the elliptical last Wednesday. 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week is the goal. I'm not dieting...I'm making smarter choices. At least that is how we are starting with it! I'm not sure if I'll be posting weights and measurements this time. I did last time because I thought it would make me be more accountable. You see where that got me! HA!

Off again on this journey...wish me luck!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

4 Months Off is NOT the Way to Go!!

Well, after taking the last 3 months off due to plantar fascitis, I am going to get back on the horse, so to speak, after the holidays!

It is amazing how I am exactly right back where I started last spring!! We are getting rid of our treadmill in exchange of an elliptical machine. It is sitting in our dining room in a HUGE box right now. The new sewing/workout room is about as empty as it is going to get before painting. We have the paint. As soon as I finish one more custom outfit, that will be next on my agenda!

I'll have more updates after the holidays....


Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's Official....

Life has gotten in the way and I've fallen off the wagon!

I just hate it. I was doing so well. I have a million great reasons...but I don't want to bore you all.

Mid October is the new "RESTART" date...stay tuned for details later...

Thanks to those of you who have asked how it is going...

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Well, I can't believe it has been 10 days since I have posted.....maybe that is why I have been fighting this weigh loss battle! I need to be better with my "journaling" about this whole thing...

We were on the road 8 out of the last 10 days or so. The girls each went for separate weeks to the inlaws house which included lots of driving and eating fast food! We also went and visited for 4 days. It's just so hard to diet when you are not at home and on the road. I did run and walk a couple of the days we were there so it had to of helped a little!

The weather is soooo hot! I did get up this morning and go for my 2 mile jog and 1 mile walk home. It was hot, I must have looked like I was going to fall out. An older gentleman was walking his dog about 1/3 of a mile into my jog. I was cordial and said hello through my gasps for air. I had finished the whole 2 miles and had just started walking for my cool down when he pulled out from one of the streets in his car. He rolled his window down and asked me if I was doing OK and if I wasn't too hot or overheating.....I must have looked like death! LOL! Of course, I told him I was fine now that I had finished! The easy part is walking the mile home for the cool down. Of course, that is my favorite part!

The girls and I are leaving on Thursday for a 10 day trip to my parents house. I pray I can stay on top of this thing. I can not gain weight back like I did the past 10 days! I just can't! I've been working so hard and I can't keep re-losing the same 5 pound over and over! When I weighed this morning, I was back within 1 pound of what I had lost before the girls trips.

My stats as of this morning are 8 pounds lost (it was 9 a couple weeks ago...UGH!!) and a total of 6 inches lost!! WOO HOO on the inches! Prior, I had lost 3.5 inches so I almost doubled this. At least my clothes are getting bigger even though the scale isn't going down as fast as I would like!

I also bought a book at Sam's for about $12. It is Body for Life for Women....I'll let y'all know how it is! I hope there are some pointers in there for the eating and weight loss.

Ta Ta for now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It's A Miracle

Well, we've had a crazy two weeks. Taking the girls back and forth to Nashville for their Indiana trips....

We've been on the road a lot, which means eating out a lot. We also spent 4 days in Alabaster with friends which equalled eating out a lot.

I've managed to keep my total weight lost to 8 pounds and total inches lost to 3 1/2! So, even with the chaos and not being able to do as well as I would like, I'm still ahead of where I started on this journey. We are about to embark on a 4 day trip to Indiana to pick up and visit.

Next week will start VBS. I should be able to keep it together for that! LOL! Ben will also be back in town so I can get back to my regular jogging. I've kept up an exercise routine, just not as hard of one as I had hoped.

I'll fall back to my saying, "Some is better than none!"

Well, I went for a dr. appointment today. It was to go over lab work that the dr. had sent off a few weeks ago. It could have been much worse, but I did pick up a new prescription and also some over the counter supplements he wants me to take.

I had set my goal weight at 163. The dr. told me today, he would like my goal to be 159! WOWZA!! I'll shoot for it, but I'm not so sure! I haven't seen the 150's since my Senior year of high school and a small bit of my Freshman year in college....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Stick of Butter

So, I was feeling a little bummed out this morning when I stepped on the scale and I have only lost 6 1/2 pounds! Normally, I could lose weight just by dieting and not exercising and it drop off faster...I've been exercising my butt off!

Miles Jogged: 11.6
Miles Walked: 4.5
Bow Flex Arm Workout: 7 nights
Wii Active: 3 times (just bought it Tuesday)

Worked out 11 out of 15 days!!

I was thinking while driving back from Nashville today about a stick of butter. We all know it takes 4 sticks of butter to make a pound. Well, if you take 6 1/2 pounds and multiply it by 4, I've lost 26 sticks of butter. Doesn't that make it seem like a much bigger feat???

When you are feeling down and blue about your weight loss, think of it as sticks of butter...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What to Do on the RUN??

I feel like all I have been doing for the past two weeks is RUNNING!! So, how do you eat well while on the run?? I have done a little homework for you. Here is a link to a website where you can check your favorite fast food restaurants and their caloric menu:

You can check your daily diet to see where to improve at this link:

This website also has a Fit or Not Quiz to take. It is a great quiz with only a few questions to answer. My results are below the link! Very informative!

And your results....
At your current level of physical activity you must consume 2241 calories if you want to stay at your current weight of 179 pounds.
Based on studies of body weight and overall mortality among American men and women a reasonable weight range for you is between 140 pounds and 172 pounds.You indicated you were dieting and had targeted 163 pounds as your goal. Assuming a healthy weight loss of one pound a week, you will achieve this goal on 09/24/2009.Some people especially younger adult women may weigh somewhat less than this suggested range and yet be healthy and feel satisfied with their weight especially if they know they are eating a balanced diet and are getting a reasonable amount of exercise.Others may feel that even though they weigh less than the suggested range they would still like to lose a few pounds especially if they used to weigh less when they were younger or before giving birth.If you are in this group of women and want to recalculate a new reasonable weight range, please click here.
Your Waist-To-Hip Ratio is: 0.8837 A Reasonable Ratio for Women is 0.8 or less Your measurements indicate that you have a relatively large amount of abdominal fat.This may put you at a risk for heart disease, diabetes or stroke. It's critical that you develop and maintain a healthy dietary pattern and increase your phsyical activity.You can lose weight by reducing your total calorie and fat intake and increasing physical activity. The CDC recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. For cardiovascular fitness, you can engage in 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times per week.Before you being any vigorous exercise program please consult your physician or health care professional.Go for it!!Your Body Mass Index is: 28.07218Unless you are extremely fit with highly-developed muscles, you are overweight.Your risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and other chronic conditions is higher than it would be if you weighed less. If you go on a diet to lose weight, be sure that it is nutritionally complete. Use the 1995 Dietary Guidelines Food Pyramind to check your diet.Especially if you have had difficulty in the past with losing weight and keeping it off, you may need the help of your healthcare provider. In addition to cutting down on calories and dietary fat, attending classes on weight loss and participating in physical activities can be a big help.Follow the current CDC and ACSM recommendations to do at least 30 minutes of moderate level physical activity on most days. That reflects body fat taking into account your weight and height.

WOW!! I'm on the right track believe it or not! LOL!

Now, I just wanted to post that I have been continuing to run, bowflex, or do the Wii Active I bought this week! I have gained a little of the weight back that I had lost. I'm still down 5 pounds from last Tuesday when I started. I figure the difference is the muscle. Believe it or not, I'm starting to see some in my arms! Check the measurements...I'm updating tonight...