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...

Friday, May 29, 2009


Well, I have friends coming to visit from out of town today with their kids. We are planning lunch, swimming at the pool, dinner and lots of catching up...

So, my question is, "How do you have a FUN FRIDAY when you are dieting and supposed to be exercising?"

Well, I had my usual Fiber One bar for breakfast 150 calories! That will help! For lunch, my girlfriends and I are having our usual, Chicken Salad. I just mix up canned chicken breast and throw whatever I have on hand in it(apples, celery, scallions, Tastefully Simple Dill Mix, Pepper, and Light Miracle Whip, and pecans went in today). As I was making it this morning, I got to thinking...there must be a better, more healthy way to make chicken salad. Yes, I use Light Miracle Whip, but the batch I made used over half a container. WOW!! THE CALORIES! So, I'm on a mission to find a lower calorie chicken salad recipe. Normally, we would eat it on crackers. Today, I think I'll be having it on whole wheat bread instead with lettuce and tomatoes.

The drama will come in this afternoon at snack time. I might take a banana. Very low cal and it will actually stave off the hunger. On that note, I think I have another tip.

TIP #3: If you feel hungry in between meals, instead of grabbing cookies, candy bars, crackers, EAT A PIECE OF FRUIT.

Fruit is usually extremely filling and very low in calories! Use the caloric chart link to find out the caloric count on fruits! It also helps curb the craving for sugar!

The plan for dinner is to order pizza. GOOD GRIEF....

I'm going to try and talk the girls into eating a veggie pizza with me. Yes, I would love a Meat Lovers, but it really isn't worth the indigestion or the grease and calories. Just because you are watching what you are eating doesn't mean that you can't have pizza!! Just don't eat more than one or two pieces! A trick to fill the craving for pizza is to have a piece of cheese and add your favorite veggies or fruit to it! Lots of fill for few calories! You can add as many fruits or veggies as you want! You will definitely take care of the carb craving without all the calories of eating half a pizza. TRY IT.....

After weighing in this morning, I was down another pound and a half! My goal is to jog again tonight after my friends leave and do the Bowflex arm workout...oh, and of course I'll tread in the pool some today while chatting with my great friends too!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Melissa Joan Harts New Body

Here is a link to a little YAHOO blurb about Melissa Joan Hart.

I found it interesting that she thought it was ok to be fat after having kids. I have been stuck in that frame of mind for 6 years. I would use the excuse that "I had twins" so I should get a special medal or something and I could be fat....HELLO!!

I'm so glad that she looks as awesome as she does now! Her pics are great! I would DIE to have a body like that. Her reality of getting there was 14 months of working out with a personal trainer and hiring a private dietician. Good for her. Now, for us here in the REAL world, we do not have personal trainers or dieticians. Am I bitter, absolutely not. But, for us normal people it is even harder.

I hope during my journey to help my followers with tips, pointers and helpful hints to get us through this!

TIP #1: Write down everything you eat or drink. If it goes in your mouth, write it down. You will be amazed!!

Here is a caloric chart for foods that may not have a food label for easy calculations:

On this link, on the bottom of the page is a list of most foods that you would eat and not have the Nutrition Label readily available. Put this link in your favorites for quick access!

TIP #2: Buy a food scale. They are awesome! A lot of foods have calories listed by weight. Well that is all great and good, but hard to measure. You can get one at most stores for well under $20. A great investment that will last for years!

Yesterday Was "THE" Day

So, I had been thinking for a while about just "Doing It"...

By that, I mean, biting the bullet and starting to get fit, diet, and just be healthier. For REAL, this time! We have a treadmill, a Gazelle, a Bowflex, a Wii Fit, and an exercise tramp. You would think, that I would be a fit person with all of those things in my house. NOPE! I sit around all day, everyday and don't use a one of them.

Every January, it is the same song and dance....I'm going to work out and start my diet. It usually lasts 4-6 weeks, if that long. At least I'm part of the norm, the majority of people do this with New Year's Resolutions....

The past 2 or 3 years, I have lost 20-25 pounds by dieting (no working out involved here). I start at the beginning of the year, diet until spring, quit dieting and go back to eating WAY too much and then have it all gained back by the end of the year! Can you say, "YO YO"?

Well, this year, I planned on doing my usual diet, but didn't do nearly as well with it. I'm not sure if it was because I just didn't feel like it or the fact that I knew I could do it and then I would eventually stop and it would all come back. I ask this, is it worse to lose and re-gain, lose and re-gain or never lose at all??

I've been pondering on this since the early spring when I would normally be dieting. I did start to diet and then stopped very quickly after. I decided last week that on Tuesday, May 25, 2009, I would start my diet again. My diet consists of eating 1200-1500 calories a day. I can eat whatever I want, but not go over...

I also decided that I would work out on the Bowflex with my husband in the evenings. We do an extremely short uppper body workout that takes all of about 15-20 minutes. He started using the Bowflex and he really had great results in toning his upper body. I decided that I could do it to since I have a second waving flap on the underside of my arm....UGH!

Last night, for the first time in 15 years, I went for a jog!! I jogged 1.6 miles and walked another .5 miles for a cool down. I then came in and did the Bowflex workout.

I started this journey weighing 184.5 pounds per our home scale. This morning, I weighed in at 179 pounds. How can this be possible??? Well, folks, it is amazing what happens when you get up off your duff...