Sunday, December 6, 2009

new week

Last week was a bad week. A fight with my boss that lasted from Sunday and into Monday was all it took to ruin a whole week. I did come out more resilient and more determined to succeed in all aspects of my life. My boss may be my mentor and she may have taught me most of what I know, but that does not mean I have to be just like her. I need to find my own ways to make things work. I am back to believing that while you don't always have control over the circumstances that happen to you in life, you do have control over how you react to them. The more I remind myself of this the less stress and anger I seem to have.

I hate to report that I did not record any of my food last week. I would get my breakfast, lunch, and snack in and then from there I would just stop. This week I am going to try to at least log all food I consume for 4 out of 5 days. I want to get some exercise in as well. I am going to try for three days. I need to get rid of this all or nothing attitude. No matter how little time I have I do have some time for exercise. It doesn't have to be an hour to be worth it, every little bit no matter how small is worth it. Here is to wishing everyone a great week and hoping we all reach our goals for the week.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weigh In Day

I could have, and wanted to, jump back into bed, wake the husband up and jump up and down on the bed in celebration. I wanted to but I resisted. I don't think at the wee hours of the morning my husband would have shared my enthusiasm. Drum roll please. My weight this morning was 162.5. True it has been a while since I weighed myself at home, in the morning, on a Monday, but it is much much better than the 169 I got last week on the same scale.

Today was a rough day at working. Heavy lifting in the cold for most of the day has left me with a very sore back. I think I am going to listen to my body and take the night off. I also need to go shopping for turkey day tonight. I am in charge of the relish dish. I can handle that and make it better than usual. Gotta run.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just do it

It is Sunday and that means it is time to review last weeks goals and list this weeks goals. Last weeks goals were:
Monday: gym after work cardio, strength at home before bed (no) Tuesday: gym after work cardio (went before bed) Wednesday: strength before bed (no) Thursday gym cardio (did it) Friday: off Saturday: run or gym weather dependant (nope). Got two days done and I logged all my food except for Friday and Saturday. I tried a friends venison stew. I was reluctant, but it was delicious. I'm getting there.

This weeks Goals

Exercise: burn 1200 calories this week

Food: log food everyday except Thursday (Thanksgiving)

Enjoy turkey day in moderation remember more does not make it taste better. You are not pregnant or nursing and can not say you need two pieces of pie one for you and one for baby.

Clean up house for 20 minutes every night before bed.

Take multivitamin daily.

I went for a run on a trail today. It felt so good. I might just see what time the local turkey trot is on thanksgiving and maybe sign up. Now that I have run outside I realize that I can still do it. It is not as hard as it feels on the treadmill. I guess the treadmill is just not for me. I will have to learn to run in the cold. It was chilly today. This last summer I was looking forward to running on this trail after the leaves had changed. Guess what, I missed it. I have been avoiding running and now I missed the beauty of this trail and the color leaves on the trees. Next year I won't miss out.

Next week I want to start listing a menu and trying to stick with it. I used to do this before and it helped so much. I want to get back to grocery shopping with a list and not just winging it.

This is my workout plan:

Monday: Gym after work cardio and strength

Tuesday: Run or gym before bed

Wednesday: off

Thursday: Run before heading to sisters for thanksgiving

Friday: Off black Friday have to be at work at 3 am

Saturday: Run and strength training

I know I can do better than last week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Yesterday I said that I did not exercise or log my food. I went back this morning and did as accurate of a guess as I could, and the results were not pretty. According to my calorie tracking site "If everyday were like today you would gain .9 pounds a week. :( Not good, but definitely a truth I needed to see. Today it reads " If everyday were like today you would loose 1.7 pounds a week." That is way more like it. I ate on track, and went to the gym and did my cardio. It was not after work like I had hoped, but all that matters is that I did it! I do think I need to revisit the C25K plan and get my running groove back so I can start the one hour runner. I have to learn to run no matter what the weather. Hello Pikes Peak Ascent. It is right there in my goals and once I get crazy ideas like that in my head, chance are I am going to do it, ready or not. I like being ready much better though.

The shirt I got from my first 5K says "Life is a Journey, Not a Guided Tour". How true is that. We all choose which path we take, and at anytime we are free to turn around and head in another direction. I have chosen a new path, and no matter how scary or hard the terrain becomes I can see the top. I may have a long way to go, but I need to take it one step at a time, look around and enjoy the journey. I need to find and keep those close to me that put out their hands and help me up the steep slopes, and leave behind the ones that try to lead me down a path that does not go in the direction I need to travel. This is the hard part.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Madness

Well good intentions aside, I neither made it to the gym nor was I able to log my food. The hubby had a bad day at work and wanted to go out to dinner. He is the type that hates to be at home when he is down. I complied for his sake. The cookie dough afterwards is all on me. If I get into that tub of school fundraiser junk one more time I will throw it in the trash. I don't care what it cost, it is costing me too much and I feel so yucky after I binge on it. Tomorrow if I don't go to the gym or go for a run after work than it is no TV until I go. Seems fair enough.

Weekly Goals

For this week:

Monday: gym after work cardio, strength at home before bed
Tuesday: gym after work cardio
Wednesday: strength before bed
Thursday gym cardio
Friday: off
Saturday: run or gym weather dependant

Log all food even if I have to approximate.
Try one new food

I did not reach all my goals for last week because I got a cold (better than the hubby's flu) and I way over did it with my strength training last Wednesday. It still hurts a little to walk today. Lesson learned will only do one set this week and see how that goes (I did two sets on Wednesday).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So Far So Good

I just posted my goals a few hours ago and I am excited to say I can check off the first goal for this week. I went to the gym did my strength training and my 30 minutes of cardio. I kept trying to talk myself out of doing the full thirty but in the end I did all 30. I ran for .75 miles as part of my cardio. This is not as far as I wanted to run, but I will take it. Only 9.25 miles to go for this month. Weighed myself as well, 166.4. That is -.9 from last week. I will take it.

Goal Time

Its time to write out some concrete goals. Without them I have nothing to hold myself to and nothing to challenge myself to do.


This Week:

1) Workout

Wed.- 30 min. Cardio, Strength training

Thurs- 30 min Cardio

Fri. - 30 min Cardio, Strength training

2)Log all food for rest of the week

This Month:

1)Workout 4 days a week minimum

2) Run 10 miles

3)Lose 3 pounds

By Christmas

Lose 8 pounds

By the end of 2010

1) Run the bolder boulder (10k)

2) Beat my time in the three races I ran this year

3)Run a half marathon

By the end of 2012

Run a marathon

By the end of 2016

I will turn 40 this year and I hope to run the Pikes Peak Ascent

Long Long Term
Live to see my kids become grandparents

I can't wait to start checking these off my list and adding more to the list

Monday, November 9, 2009

Relaxing Sunday

So I decided to go for a hike for some "ME" time. My sister was supposed to come with me, but she backed out at the last minute. So this pretty girl was my companion.

This is the mountain we climbed

This is the trail
This was the breathtaking view at the top. Worth all 7.4 miles round trip.

Unfortunately I had a malfunction with my hiking boots. The support in the ankle area was rubbing against that bone on your ankle that sticks out. Ouch I think it is bruised now. Anyway it started to hurt about 2.5 miles in and I choose to keep going. By the time I got to the halfway point I wanted to sit down and cry. The worst was the last quarter mile. I could see my truck, but it took forever to get down to it. Somethings I realized while on the hike:
1. I live in Colorado so I need to take advantage of the beauty I am surrounded by and get out into nature more often.
2. People you meet out on the trail are so happy and friendly. Not all of us were using the park for the same purpose, but we all were kind to one another and everyone appeared happy.
3. I missed the smell and look of a timber sale. Oh how I long for the days of forestry school.
4. Nothing like a bunny scaring you to get the heart rate up.
5. Always bring another pair of shoes just in case.
I had so much fun and can not wait to get out and do it again, if the weather holds up.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I'm Back

It has been a while since I have blogged, exercised, or stayed within my calories. I guess you could say I took a vacation. Between illnesses and stress at work I have been spread too thin. These are excuses and do not make my vacation acceptable, but sometimes in life we have to do things to get by. My clothes are getting tighter, I am tired all the time and I am starting to get stress induced headaches. Last night at the gym I weighed myself for the first time in probably about six weeks (the battery died in my scale and I have been hope not weighing myself would help me focus on more than the number). 167.4! What how did this happen? I do realize that I normally weigh myself at home first thing in the morning without clothes on, and this was at night with clothes on after working out, but still. Enough said I can't change the past but I can do better today.

I had written out a weekly schedule of when and what kind of exercises I want to do during the week. Yesterday I was going to do cardio after work. Well I got off work very late and had to rush home to pickup some paperwork from the Dr.'s office and by then it was time to get my kids from daycare. I did not let this ruin my day. When I got home I still made dinner. It takes a little over 30 minutes to cook and my kids are not very willing to wait to long after we get home to eat, but they survived and I am glad I did not cave and just pick up a pizza on the way home. Then after they were bathed and put in bed my husband got home. I got my gym bag, changed and was off the the gym.

At the gym I decided it was time to run on the dreaded treadmill. I love running, but hate to do it on the treadmill. Winter seems to be coming early around here and I am determined to keep running so I am ready come summer. I ran 1.5 miles. It felt so good and I could feel days worth of stress just melt away (or was that sweat). I was so proud I did exactly as I had set out to do even if it wasn't when I had planned on doing it. Go me. I realized during my run last night that how can I expect anyone to respect or love me when I don't do the same for myself. Eating right and exercise are ways that I love myself and show that I respect myself. If my husband was abusive to me the way I am to my body I would leave him in a heartbeat.

I think I want to end every post with one thing that I am proud of. Today I am proud that it is a tough choice for my son to choose between applesauce and candy for dessert. He finally chose the candy but I took a while to decide and I am certain if I had yogurt the candy would have lost. He learned this from me and my diligence in making sure sugary snacks are only a rare occasional treat.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Just a quick post. Yesterday I was talking to my younger sister on the phone and she asked what I was doing. I told her I was shoveling my sidewalks (thanks mother nature for the two feet of snow, not) and she said "how can you shovel and talk on the phone?" My reply was " I am on my bluetooth." She in turn says "Thats right you are in shape." I guess its the small things that we can do in our everyday lives that get easier that we take for granted until someone who is just starting off reminds us of where we used to be. Thanks sis, that came the right time. I currently have no scale, dead battery, so I don't know what my weight is, but my clothes are getting tighter and I can tell I am putting some of my weight back on. I need to start working out and running again! I need to stop binge eating. I want my energy and my motivation back. I need to get over all the new stress in my life and get back to well MY life and enjoying it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More to the story

Last night I left out some of the important details. If I am doing this so I can look back see where I came from, what worked, how I have changed, what worked, what didn't work, ect. then I need to be a little more detailed. Last night at the gym I did the treadclimber for twenty minutes (after a five minute warm up on the treadmill of course). I pick a slower than normal walk speed (I couldn't remember what I used to pick its been that long) but my heart rate stayed in the 140s most of the time and never got over 151. I have read many places that this lower steady rate is better for burning calories, however I usually prefer higher more intense workout. I had one voice in my head saying "this is good you don't need to workout too hard and be exhausted tomorrow." Then there was Jillian Michaels in my other ear shouting "You have to step outside of your comfort zone to see any changes. Now move faster." My side hurt a little so I listened to the first voice. When I was done with that a part of me thought I should just leave, twenty minutes was a good first time back workout, no need to overdue it. The another part of me thought well I am already here why not do a little more. So I did. I did the elliptical for another ten minutes. This time I kicked it into high gear. It helped that Beyounce's Single Ladies came on my MP3. The beat was perfect. I then walk to cool down for another five minutes on the treadmill, and left burning a little over 400 calories. GO ME :)

Monday, October 5, 2009


Wow I can't believe it has been almost a month since I last posted. It has been a crazy month for sure, and in the process, I let my healthy lifestyle slip. It started with my first 10k. Well actually three days prior to that my little girl broke her leg. Then that Saturday she spent the day throwing up :(. The on Sunday I ran/walked my first 10k. My time was 1:23:41. Not bad. The next day was my turn at the stomach crude. So between the race and the throwing up, my ab muscles and my side were extremely sore. From there work and life got crazy yadda yadda ate out alot yadda yadda yadda. So finally I said enough! On Saturday I started eating right and today I went to the gym. I feel so refreshed and empowered! I have more energy and my body doesn't feel so bloated and painful. I need to remember this feeling.

Monday, September 7, 2009

I Hate Monday

Today was one of those crazy days at work. You know the ones where it seems like if it could go wrong it did. My boss convinced me to go to Qdoba for the Monday breakfast special. But for lunch I did good and only had my salad. Then after work I was supposed to go grocery shopping, but I decided not to, way to stressful of a day I just wanted to go home and be with my family. So with stress comes lack of desire to cook. So it was a pizza kind of night. Thankfully my hubby is learning to like thin crust. I only had two pieces at dinner along with another salad. I think I only had two pieces because I was determined to chew EVERY bite thoroughly. By the time I got to the second piece I was just to lazy to go to all the work and eat another. I also felt satisfied. I did have a third piece later, but I truly was hungry, trust me it is a lot of work to chew pizza until it is nearly liquid. Well I am off to do my first workouts for both the squat and the push-up challenges.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Super Sunday

Wow it has been crazy around my house. Husband was gone for three nights straight for work. We thought he was only going away for one day. My boss got promoted and I took over her position. Lots of changes. Still that's no excuse, but weight loss took a back burner.

Now it is Sunday, and after a very lazy laid back Saturday, I was ready to hit the pavement. I went for a 2.5 mile run. It was very hard at the end, but I pushed through it. I thought about my friend on Blog to Lose who is having a really hard time with week 5 of the C25k. I know how hard that week is and I guess I thought if I pushed through to the end maybe somehow she would find the strength to do the same. Go Pam, I am cheering you on.

I made a crock pot oatmeal in the crock pot overnight so breakfast was ready for me when I woke up. I was not super impressed with the taste, but a little honey, applesauce and some peanut butter chips and it tasted great. I then had mesquite chicken (Sam's club) with a lot of broccoli for lunch. For dinner it was the same chicken with peas and crinkle fries ( cooked in the oven of course.) No salad because I am out and when I went to King Soopers last night they were sold out of just about every salad they carry. This happens quite often when I go late at night and it aggravates me. I should make someone go get me one from the back. I think I am going to grab an apple and head to bed now. I have to work the holiday tomorrow and it is getting late.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Another Monday

Things just didn't seem to fall into place today. My little girl woke up far too early, 2:30 am. Poor girl has a stuffy nose that keeps her from sleeping well. It was a good thing that I had gotten most of my lunch made the night before as she was very clingy. Then after breakfast it seems the stomach bug I had on Friday and Saturday decided it want to return for another visit. I was cautious with my morning snack, but felt a little better by lunch and was able to eat all of my lunch with the exception of my hard boiled egg. I did not want to risk it. For dinner we had a delicious chicken with peppers and pineapple that I got the idea for from here. It was raining after work so instead of going for a run I went home and did all the prep work for dinner and so housework so that I would have no excuses for not going to the gym once the hubby got home. Well when he did get home I managed to stub my toe on his steel toed work boots right on the pinkie toe. I hurt so bad I thought it would be totally black and blue today. It is not but it is still very painful. So I guess I will count yesterday as my rest day and move on. I hope my toe feels better by this afternoon so I can get in some for of exercise.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bring it On

I decided to join in two challenges. Nothing like a challenge to get me motivated, especially when it is one with a plan. The challenges are:
The Hundred Push up Challenge
The Two Hundred Squat Challenge

Tonight I am doing the initial test and I will do the first week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. For the second week I hope to be on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule, but due to a stomach virus I was not able to do the initial test on Saturday and therefore was unable to start workouts until Tuesday.

Initial test results:

Push-ups 5

Squats 60

There is one other challenge out there, the two hundred sit-up challenge, but I decided not to do this one because when I tried to do the initial test it caused my neck and back to hurt. I tried twice and decided that I must not be performing the sit up properly so it was in my best interest not to keep trying and hurt myself. Crunches have always hurt my back, which is why I normally do them only on the ball. Maybe once I buy a new ball, my cat put a hole in mine, I will try the sit up challenge on the ball.

Between me and my kids being sick I did not write often last week, but I did want to mention that after work on Wednesday I was really tired. I debated back and forth as to whether or not I was going to go home and take a nap or go to the gym and workout. When I got home I went straight to the fridge looking for something to eat even though I was not hungry. I then shut the fridge, grabbed my gym bag and left. I did forty minutes of cardio at the gym and afterwards I felt a lot more energized then a nap would have done. I was so proud of myself.

Here is my workout plan for this week:

Monday: Run 2 miles

Tuesday: Cross training 40-45 minutes Workout 1 of Squat and Push up challenge

Wednesday: Run 1 mile race pace

Thursday: Workout 2 of Squat and Push up challenge

Friday: Run 2.5 miles

Saturday: Run 30 min. EZ Workout 3 of Squat and Push up challenge

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On the Run

Today I went for my 2 mile run I was supposed to do yesterday. It was so liberating!! Why do I try to get out of running all the time. Once I am out there I usually enjoy it. It is very rare that I don't. I felt so energized afterwards. Not to mention I was very proud of myself. That is such a beautiful feeling. Maybe I should make that a goal to strive for. To find something, no matter how little, to do that makes me proud of myself. It doesn't even have to be food or exercise related. Yep I think I am going to start adding that into my blog every time, maybe at the end.

My eating was really good today. I am tempted to go into the kitchen right now and just devour anything I can easily get my hands on. I am instead sitting in the other room typing and drinking water. One day at a time, one meal at a time, one decision at a time. I think that is what helped me battle my binging before. I took everything one decision at a time. If I overate at lunch I would make better choices the rest of the day. It seems these days if I do something that is not part of my planned program, then I throw in the towel until the next day.

What I am proud of today:
-I ran 2 miles
-I didn't eat the m&m's that seemed to be calling me
-I had dinner ready in the crockpot when I got home
-I did all the dishes and cleaned the kitchen after dinner
-I put the basket of clean clothes away
-I put a load of laundry in the washer

WOW! I got a lot of things accomplished today, and I don't feel stressed or tired.

Monday, August 24, 2009


A coworker past away over the weekend.  There may be alot of us at work, but we are family.  This wonderful lady started many years (more than 5) before me.  I don't know work any other way than with her there.  She will be missed!  I pray for strength for her family during this difficult time and hope the knowledge that she is in a better place gives them some comfort.  Her laugh and uniqe carm will always echo in the halls at work.  Goodbye.  You are missed already.  Your memory will forever bring a smile to all who knew you. 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Workout Plan For the Week

Here is my workout plan for this week:

Monday: Run 2 miles

Tuesday: Cross training 40-45 min.  Strength training

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Run 1 mile race pace

Friday: strength training

Saturday: Run 2.5 miles

Sunday: Run 30 mins. easy run

Hopefully I can stick with this plan this week.  That will be my one goal that I will focus on for the week.

Take a Hike

Saturday I went with one of my sisters to Leadville for a nice hike at Turquoise Lake. It was a wonderful day that made me wonder why have I wasted so many years sitting around doing nothing when I love being outside. I know the fat me was afraid to be "seen" by others. Now with the responsibilities of my family I can't just go and do things like this, but when I didn't have those responsibilities why didn't I? I also thought about how at home the kitchen needed cleaned, the laundry was piled to the sky, and how was I ever going to catch up? Then I realized do any of those things matter in the end. When I die will I remember how messy my house was yesterday, or the wonderful time I had hiking, spending time with my sister, enjoying nature, and just having fun doing something I enjoy. I think the answer is pretty clear. I am not my mother, I do not need to have a spotless house to be happy, and neither does my husband or my children. We need to live each day like there is no tomorrow and have fun doing meaningful things that we enjoy and will remember for a lifetime.

Sorry I'm stepping off my soap box. How about a short picture recap

The trail

The Lake

The views

The trail again

Leadville in the distance

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

free day no more

What is it they say, "if you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans"? Just when I thought I had it all figured out I got thrown a curve ball. On my way home from work yesterday my daycare provider called to tell me my daughter had something wrong. Turns out she has a nasty virus that comes with fever and blisters in her mouth and throat. My plan for the day was to take the day off because I have my annual check up. I was going to take the kids to daycare since I will be charged for the day any ways. I was going to get in a long run, clean the house, pull weeds, and maybe get caught up with laundry. Now the only part of my plan that I got to keep was my Dr. appointment. Instead I am home trying to comfort my poor little girl and keep her as comfortable as possible. Her fussiness comes and goes as the Motrin wears off. Last night we got very little sleep. After rushing to get her to her Dr. before they closed, I had no energy to cook. So my hubby offered to pick up pizza, which I had four slices of. I can't forget to mention that the doctor suggest ice cream for my little girl so I got some for her and myself on the way home. Then I chose to hold my little girl instead of going to the gym. Tonight, since my hubby won't be home, there is no chance of getting a run or any cardio in.

Now with the stress of a fussy little girl and not getting in a good nights rest I could have just thrown in the towel for today as well, but I have not. I made a great pizza quesadilla for lunch. Next time I make it I will take pictures and write a recipe. Its just to crazy today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

tuesday turmoil

Wow its been a while. A lot has gone on since my last post. I have had some good days, and some real bad ones as well. I ran my 2nd 5k on Friday night. I did way better than I expected. I finished in 35:17, that is 4 seconds faster than my first race. The results they sent me are as follows: "You placed 469th out of 742 finishers in a time of 35:17 for a pace of 11:22 per mile.Out of 417 women you finished 210th. The winning time for women was 17:51.For 30 to 39 year old women you were 37th out of 69 finishers. The winning time for your age and sex was 17:51." The course was quite a bit more difficult. It started with a huge hill right at the beginning. I ran the entire course.

Work is crazy right now, I don't even know what position I will be in a month from now. I guess I should just be thankful that I will still have a job (trust me I am, it is just a lot of change at once and someone else is in charge of my destiny).

Enough about that, it is time to lay out my goals for this week. Since I did not eat right or exercise yesterday this could be difficult.
1.) Get in at least 4 out of 5 of my running workouts in. I am going to Leadville on Saturday to hike with my sister, so that will be a good workout, but I don't want to run that morning before hand and be worn out all day.

2.)Strength training twice

3.)Log all food Tuesday thru Friday

4.)Try to think positive whenever I have a negative thought about myself

5.)Have fun, play with kids, try to be as healthy as I can so I can be around for them for as long as I can. You always needed your mommy no matter how old you are. I want to be there when my kids become grandparents!

The battery in my scale is dying, and since the number seems to be upsetting me this time, I think I am going to try not to weigh myself at all for the next two weeks, or even the next month. I've got to go make lunches and get this day started.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

sensational sunday

Had a great day today. We went to store and got some produce, cleaned house, and got most of the laundry done. I did all this and got some snacks packed up into serving sizes. Actually I put almonds into serving size baggies, and made up some apple pie oatmeal ( ingredients into baggies so all i have to do is add water and heat. I went for my 30 minute easy run today. It is almost ten and I still have like 248 calories left. I know I didn't make any of my goals from last week, but after reading an article about how setting goals can cause us to do worse when we don't make them made me decide to try just one goal for this week. My goal is just to live the healthiest week possible and to focus on taking care of myself so I am here for a long time for my son and daughter. I am very important to them and I am worth taking care of.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

busy saturday

Well my week has not been the best. I made some very bad choice the past few days. I have let stress get the best of all my hard work. I really need to find a different outlet. Ever since I quite smoking 5 years ago I have turned to food, with the exception of when I got skinny the last time. I wish I could find that motivation I had before. I know being around for a long time for my son was a big factor, so why are both my kids not enough of a motivator now? I keep asking myself this. Oh well, enough said it is time to move on.

Today has been a real good day. I woke up early and ran the two miles I was supposed to. :). Lab was not obeying again. I don't think I will take her again until my hubby works with her. I had to go to Grandma's and have lunch out with her, my younger sister, and my niece and nephew. I knew we would probably go to Country Buffet, we usually do with Grandma. I did really good I had BBQ chicken, salad, some potatoes, and some sesame chicken. I did have dessert, I deserved it. Just one small piece of plain cheesecake and a little orange sherbet. Then for dinner, by the time the kids and I got home, and the hubby got home from golf it was dinner time and I had nothing planned. We also needed to desperately go grocery shopping. I thought Village Inn would be a good choice. I had the veggie omelet with egg substitute and only two of the whole wheat pancakes. I probably went over on calories but at least I made the good choices. This is a big step in the right direction. I was going to go do my strength training tonight and tan a little at the gym, but by the time we got home from grocery shopping and got them put away, it was after ten. So I am going to sit and have a drink, yes alcohol, which I never have. It has been a rough day with the kids, and I just want to relax. Tomorrow I will wake up early again and run. Later on in the day I will go to the gym.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Manic Monday

Weigh In : 161 +1

All I can say for the one pound gain is I think it is all water weight. I barely drank any water Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. I have drank tons of water the past two days and have hardly had to pee at all. Yesterday's calories went well. I ended the day with "if every day were like today you would lose 1.3 pounds a week. You would reach your goal on 12/10/2009. Not bad. Today I stuck to my workout plan and went to the gym did my strength routine, and did my 40 mins. of cross training for my running program. :) I met my water goal (72 oz) both yesterday and today. As long as I don't grab any snacks on my way to bed, today will end with "if every day were like today you would lose 1.3 pounds a week. You would reach your goal on 12/11/2009. I am so proud of myself. It is late and I need some sleep.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Wow, who could ask for a better day off. I woke up early and went for a run. Today I was scheduled for an easy 30 min run. The weather was beautiful! Then run seemed very effortless. I run on a recreation trail through town and today there were lots of other runners. For once I felt like I belonged. My only complaint is that my lab, shadow, is being less and less obedient. She tried to pull me down the trail for the majority of the run. It used to be she would run right next to me. Guess it time to take her back to school for a refresher course. A few hours after my run the hubby and I pulled weeds for a good hour. They are thriving with the wet summer we are having. Nothing seems to be working to keep them away. Later tonight when the hubby and the boy get home from the rodeo I will go to the gym and do my strength training routine. Talk about an active day!

Food wise I did awesome as well. I have already reached my water goal for the day plus some. I still have 47 calories left to lose 1.8 lbs a week, the maximum safe, and 438 calories left to lose 1 lb a week. Yesterday I ended the day a few calories shy of the calories to lose 1.8 lbs. The only bad item in my journal is my sodium intake is over 3800. The daily recommended limit is 25oo mg. This is no surprise as sodium is usually one of the areas I always get a frownie face for. One thing at a time. I am slowly making my way there. When I first started logging it used to be 6000 and above.

I thought I should set up some goals for the week to come. For me I count Monday as the first day of the week. This is also the day I weigh in.

1.) Log food everyday no matter how bad it may be. Just because I didn't log it doesn't mean I didn't eat it.

2.) Make every scheduled workout on my running program

3.) Do strength training at least twice.

4.) Try one new food or recipe

Since i didn't have any goals last week I can't review how I did, but I can list what I did right this last week. I hope to do this every Sunday as well with a minimum of three thing each week.

1.) I said no to a burrito Monday morning

2.) I ate according to plan Saturday and Sunday

3.) I made 4 out of 5 of my scheduled workouts for my running program.

4.) I starting blogging even though I was afraid to.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day One

I suppose my first post should talk a little more about myself. I first started my weight loss journey in January of 2005. I had 54 pounds to lose. I finally reached that goal in August 2007. In September of that year I became pregnant with my second child. I had every intention of exercising and continuing to eat healthy through out my pregnancy, but I was so exhaused that I stopped exercising and eating dinner out became the norm. So fast foward to today and I now have 35 pounds to lose again. My daughter is now 13 months old and my weight has stayed about the same for the last year. I stopped breastfeeding a few weeks ago and I am finally started to return to the energy level I was at before I was pregnant.

I recently finished the couch to 5k program, and ran my first 5k on July 25 with a time of 35:21. My goal was 38 minuates. I had so much fun that I am planning on running another 5k on August 14. I am starting a new running training program for beginners that is a step above the c25k program. I found it on I also found a strength training program that I started this week. I am the type of person who needs a plan or else I am lost.

I use an online food journal program to count calories. The first time I lost weight I did it using weight watchers. I believe in weight watchers, but my goal is also healthy eating and by counting calorie I can also track other thing like sodium, fat, protein and such. When I counted points I would sometimes pass on healthy items that were too many points, such as avocados and almonds. My hope is that by blogging about my journey I will learn more about myself and be more accountable to stay on the right path.

Read this online earlier today. I think it is a good motto to live life by and for my journey

Aspire to inspire before you expire