Monday, December 13, 2004

Ha! You thought wrong!

I know those of you who may actually read this thought for sure that I had slipped once again and stopped exercising. Well, for the most part that is true only to a certain extent. I certainly have not been exercising like I should but I have been doing something.

Since Greg returned home and with the holiday season upon us, it seems like I can barely take a deep breath let alone carve out an hour at the gym. I dedicated THIS week to doing just that though. I AM taking my hour at the gym no matter what, barring death, serious injury or an eyeball popped out.

To that end, even though I had other things that were just as pressing today, I did take the time to go swim. I did 12.5 laps (or 25...depends on how you count it) in the pool. There was a wicked wind when I came out, with wet hair, so I think I may bring a hair dryer with me tomorrow. I am not sure when I will get in tomorrow, I also am going to Nashville, have a Brownie meeting and am donating blood but I will do it somehow.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


It does seem like there has been a conspiracy this week to keep me away from the gym. I had a meeting on Monday morning, had to go to Nashville yesterday and this morning I had to take one of the kids to a dental appointment. If I can't get into the gym before 10:30 am, I just don't have the time to do anything and still make it back to get the little boy off his school bus at noon.

When the kids got home from school, I did round them up and the entire family went swimming. Dad played with the kids while I swam laps. I did lesiurely laps but I can certainly feel it. I did 25 laps. My legs are not feeling it so much as my trapezius muscles are. Those are muscles you don't really pay attention to until they are sore.

I did like the swimming though and plan to do more of it.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Veteran's Day Parade

I didn't make it to the gym but I did march in the Veteran's Day parade today. We marched with our Cub Scout Pack charter organization, the Marine Corps League.

It was a bit chilly but warmed up nicely when you got moving. I pushed Kierynn and Iain in the stroller along the route while the Scouts passed out little American flags. I think the route was about 3 miles long, at one point, I was jogging since we had lagged behind our float.

My legs were very sore after my jaunt up on the elliptical so I was glad for the short break before today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


After my success on the treadmill, I was feeling very confident. I did my 45 minutes and although my legs were a bit sore, I didn't feel too badly. Car trouble prevented me from coming in yesterday but I went today.

Miss Sure of Herself decided to take the leap and work on an elliptical today. I did 45 minutes on a treadmill, I felt that surely I could do the same on the elliptical. Now, stop laughing, those of you who have ever used one.

After less than 10 minutes on it (on the lowest setting possible going as slow as I could before it would pause), I was ready to submit to a filling with no pain medication. That machine is deceptive! It looks fun, it looks easy and let me tell you, it is not. I went 10 minutes and then I took a break. How embarassing to be sweating so much and barely able to stand when I got off.

I went to the weight area to do my various weights. I added another set since 2 sets was fairly easy. I also added weight on one of my machines. I can feel the third set making itself known.

Even though I had done 10 minutes and the weights, I decided to get back up on the elliptical since one was free.

I did another 10 minutes. This time, it was easier and I was able to go faster but it was still a tough work out. I saw a few ladies who had been up for over 30 minutes, I don't know how they did it without breaking a sweat. Within just 2 minutes on that, I am sweating like I am sitting in a sauna.

Ooohhh, my feet and legs are already stiff. I am soo gonna feel this tomorrow!

Monday, November 08, 2004


Much as I dislike treadmills, I have found it is easier to do it in the gym than in my kitchen. I think it is probably because there are so many distractions in the house and I can't ignore them. At the gym, I can just get up there, stare blankly into space, listen to my music and not worry about anything else.

I did 45 minutes on the treadmill today and then I went and did my weights. My shins are definately feeling it this evening even though I only walked, didn't even attempt to jog on the treadmill.

I do need to find my jogging CD player. The one I used today would skip in the most annoying fashion so I ended up holding it rather than setting it up on the control panel.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Still Here!

I realize I have not posted in about a week but that is not from lack of doing anything.

I have been doing my WATP DVDs at home and using weights in place of the stretchy band. This week has been horrendous and rather than make myself crazy trying to get to the gym as well, I skipped going this week.

Monday morning, I am headed back although right now, my feeling is that I will NOT go into Susan's class but do weights/treadmill instead.

Monday, October 25, 2004


Despite me not having blogged since last week, I have NOT stopped my program.

My friend who usually goes to class with me was not able to go this morning. I went by myself and did weights while waiting for the class to start.

The class is advertised as an all level step class, the instructor is supposed to do level I moves and the rest can do what they like if they feel it is too basic. I was fine for the 5 minute warm up and then all hell broke loose.

I don't know what the heck the instructor was doing but it was NOT even close to level I. I have been in this class before, with this instructor, so it was a total shock to me when she started this. She was doing moves I had never seen before. I tried for 10 minutes to follow, she kept saying just do basic moves.. Well, I follow the instructor and when she is whizzing around like an energizer bunny on crack, adding in hops, kicks and turns, I am lost.

I felt so embarassed and angry. Not only did I look like an idiot because I could not figure out how to follow along doing something at least similar, I also walked out of the class. I have never walked out of a class but I was just upset enough that I did. Of course, it didn't help that I was up in the front of the class either. I probably would have stuck it out if I had been further back in the class and if she had not kept making directional changes that had the entire class facing me.

I won't be taking her class again, I will stick to the instructors who do keep it down on the lower level for those of us who are uncoordinated and still learning. I guess I am going to head back into the Intro class so they can show me what the heck she was doing, she was saying they were basic steps but they sure were not any basic steps that I had been taught by another instructor.

Thursday, October 21, 2004


This morning I went into the male dominated weight room and got a pleasant surprise. There were more women in there today than men! Yay!

I worked on 8 different machines, arms, legs, abs, back, name it. My heaviest weight so far is 20 lbs and my lightest weight is 10 lbs. Granted that doesn't sound like much but when you have not specifically worked the muscles involved, those pounds add up.

My biceps are my biggest complaint at the moment, they are not happy campers. I felt good after doing the weights, like I had actually worked but not so much that I was ready to drop into an exhausted heap.

Tomorrow I am going to do my DVD at home in the morning and take all the kids swimming in the afternoon. Ryan is going to work on some requirements for his Aquanaut pin for Webelos. Iain is very excited at the prospect of going swimming tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Too Easy?

Since I had too many thing going on yesterday, I didn't make it to the gym. I knew that in advance though.

Last winter, I started to do the Walk Away the Pounds series of exercise DVDs. It is a fairly easy to follow routine yet still provided some major sweat value.

Since I was not able to go to the gym, I got out the DVDs. Either they are not nearly as hard as I remember them being or taking Step Aerobics has made me actually be in better shape in just a few classes.

I did the 2 mile tape and I barely broke a sweat. I sweat in 40 minutes about what I do in the first 5 minutes of Step class. Now, I feel it in my legs, there are a lot more leg work but I still didn't really even feel winded. What a switch from when I first started those DVDs and wanted to collapse as soon as they were done.

I think the next time I can't make it to the gym, I will try the 3 mile tape. I need to find the strechy band, I did it without and while I felt my arms got some work, I know the band works it better.

Tomorrow I am planning to do weights and then I have an insane evening with parent/teacher conferences and Cub Scout leader training.

Monday, October 18, 2004


After a break over the weekend while out camping, I went out this evening to a step class. While camping, I did go hiking and ended up carrying more than 30 lbs (Iain) on the way back.

While I still tend to get lost too easily and I don't attempt arm moves yet, I am getting better. I think I did a lot better. I also stayed for the ball and mat stuff after class.

I am not feeling very secure on the ball still, the instructor said it will come with time. I did what I could and took breaks when I needed it. It was mainly working abs, which I definately need help with!

Tomorrow I won't be able to get in because of doctor appointments and scout activities in the evening. I do plan to get something in here at home though, if only a 1 mile WATP DVD.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

No Abs

Today proved to me one thing, something I already knew. I have no abs.

I met with Theresa, the trainer, this morning. After taking my measurements and weight (EEK!), we outlined what I wanted to accomplish, how many times I could realistically make it to the gym each week and what classes I was planning to take. In addition to the Step classes I have been taking, she wants me to add in some weight training.

She showed me several weight machines, how to set them to the correct weight/height and how to do the actual exercise. Once I got to the ab machine, I discovered that I have none. Or I should say, they are there...they just protest if I ask them to work. The machines are not difficult but I know I will feel it when I do them. Naturally, she also told me about drinking plenty of water and eating better.

After the kids got home from school, we headed back to the gym. Glori and I went to the 5:30 step class being taught by a lady named Harris. So far, I have taken 3 classes with 3 different instructors. Christy, yesterday, was very easy to follow. Harris is even easier to follow and doesn't do as many combination moves. Susan, the first instructor I went to, is like the energizer bunny on crack. She whips your butt. It is interesting how they all differ but I feel like I get a decent work out with all of them.

I did a lot better tonight, even Christy said she could see a difference. I got lost and out of step any time I tried to think about what I was doing. One of my biggest problems is I try to lead with my left foot always. It comes from having been in the military where you always, always, always lead with the left. I just need to retrain my brain and feet.

At the end of class, we used the big beach ball thing. That really drove home to me that I have no abs. It is also hard to get used to since I feel like I am going to slide off right onto my rear any second. I didn't do all the stuff but I did what I could. I know it will get easier.

Tomorrow is a gym free day and will be until Monday. Our Cub Scout Pack is camping out this weekend so I won't have the opportunity to go in. See you all on Monday!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Some is better than none

I had high hopes of making it to an evening class tonight since I went grocery shopping this morning. Why shopping over the gym in the morning, you may ask? In the mornings, my 3 year old goes to pre-school. He gets home at noon. I try to do any errands in the morning so I only have to bring the 18 month old along. If I wait for him to get home from school, it is then lunch time and the two small ones take a nap. Once they are up from naps, the older kids are getting home from school. At that point, any errands I need to go do includes dragging 6 kids along.

After looking at the times involved, I decided it was not worth breaking my neck to try and get homework done, dinner cooked and eaten and then rush to the gym. I don't like being rushed and the kids get cranky when I rush them too much. Instead, I went over to a friends neighborhood and we sold Cub Scout Popcorn, walking the route and pushing a double stroller. So, not the ideal exercise, probably not very strenuous but still exercise of a sort. My title today says it all.

Up tomorrow: Meeting the trainer to get my exercise road map clarified and implemented.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Step For Dummies

Glori and I went to Step For Dummies (Intro to Step) this morning. Kierynn went into the nursery while we were doing this, with Kerry, who is an old pro.

Christy, the instuctor, broke the basic steps down for me. When I was being dense and not getting something, she would break it down even more. I do fine as long as I watch her feet but I can't even begin to add in arm movements yet. Let's not even discuss what happens if traveling is involved. After about 30 minutes, I felt I had most of the basic steps down....with no music and at a fairly slow pace. She did recommend that I move to the front of the class so I had a clear view of her. She also said to watch ONLY her and she pointed out one other lady I could watch in an emergency if I got lost.

Class today was MUCH easier. Amazing how a little thing like knowing the steps involved really helps. This instuctor was also not quite as peppy and clearly let us know before she changed moves on us.

Against my wishes, I also moved up to the front of the class. Ick! Those mirrors! She was right though, after a few minutes, I didn't even see the others in the class, only her. She was very helpful because there were times I knew she was talking to me as she was explaining what she was doing. I think I kept up about 80% of the time today, as opposed to less than 50% yesterday.

Looks like tomorrow will be an evening class since I need to go grocery shopping. See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Will the third time be the charm?

I am trying this yet again. I am hoping that it will WORK and that I can find a reasonable exercise program and stick with it. I have fallen by the wayside in a bad way and all the positive good I gained back in March fell with me.

Today I put a halt to my life of taking it easy. My friend (Here! In person! We rode in the same car!) and I went to our local atheletic club. She joined 6 weeks ago and I joined today.

Today I took a step class...which showed me how totally uncoordinated I truly am. I did my best, marched in place or grapevined when I got too lost. I stayed the entire time although I swear everyone else in the class was laughing at me. I know that is not the case but I felt very self conscience...more so because ANYONE can walk by and look in....being treated to the side of the wide load that is me from the rear.

Tomorrow I am taking Step for Dummies (Intro to Step) and then Step I after that. Hopefully it will be better.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Place Holder

Yes, I am still here!

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Bad, bad me!

I resolve to blog daily and then fall by the wayside again.

I need to get off my rear and JUST DO IT!

Tomorrow is the first....time to weigh, measure and photograph. I know I am down, it will be interesting to see exactly how much and where!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

What to Say?

There is not really a lot I can say about today, it was a really uneventful day. I guess as far as this blog goes, the most exciting thing was I ate a wheat tortilla, the first bread type product in almost a month.

I did find an interesting fact though. An avacado can rot inside the peel. Ewww!

B: Kashi GoLean cereal, dry
L: ham, avacado, laughing cow cheese and wheat tortilla wrap, green beans
S: pistachios
D: sloppy joe sans bread, baked zucchinni/onions, salad
S: fudgesickle

I wish there was something more interesting to tell for the day but that was about it.

Oh, an update on my toe. It still hurts like the dickens, I hollered all night anytime something touched it and I would like to avoid putting on a shoe still. Who would have thought all that from tripping over a foot??

Monday, March 15, 2004


Yep, that is me, a loser! I lost 3 lbs this week for a grand total of 13 lbs! I am so excited about this because I am losing weight yet I don't really feel like I am being deprived of anything at all. This way of eating is not difficult, makes sense and is easy to do. I also am liking my exercise routine and can't wait until the evenings are longer so I can run easier at a later time.

I could have done better on my food today but it wasn't really awful either. My main problem area continues to be water intake. It is hard to push water when I am not thirsty and it is cold outside. I am hoping for the habit to take hold soon where I don't have to think about it and still be drinking a lot.

B: oatmeal - I made this overnight in a small crockpot and it worked out really well
L: salad with avacado, broccoli slaw, turkey, sunflower seeds and dressing, 1/4 cup Pistaccio
S: Pistachios
D: Scrambled eggs, 1 link sausage, 2 whole grain pancakes with 3 tbls maple syrup
S: fudgesickle

I think I may have broken a toe this evening tripping barefoot over my husband's shoe (with his foot still in it). It hurts like the dickens and we will see how it is tomorrow when I put on my running shoes. If it is still hurting, guess I will do my WATP tapes but barefoot.

Sunday, March 14, 2004


Here I resolve to blog daily and the first chance I get, I blew it!

In my own defense, I spent the day yesterday helping my husband shift 4 bedrooms around. All of our kids changed rooms and roommates and it was a major undertaking. We did go out to dinner but I did well.

B: steel cut oatmeal with splenda, cinnamon and nutmeg
L: leftover Thai pork w/salad for lunch
D: lean steak, salad, mushrooms and mixed veggies
S: 13 (yes, only 13) Milk Duds during a movie

B: 2 eggbeater omelette w/Canadian Bacon
L: leftover steak, mushrooms, veggie chips
D: Pistaccio, acorn squash, salad
S: thin slice of birthday cake

I am planning on trying to get exercise done in the morning as well as the evening starting tomorrow. Tomorrow is also a weigh in day.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Bad Habit

Apparently I have gotten out of the blogging habit and I need to kick my butt back into gear and do it DAILY. Of course, no one ever comments so who knows if anyone besides me is even reading this? It is okay, this is mainly for me anyway.

March 11
B: strawberry cream yogurt (plain yogurt with vanilla, strawberry and splenda) mixed with a handful of Kashi cereal for crunch...I really liked it!
L: 2 egg omelette with shredded enchilada chicken, cheese, salsa and quacamole
D: spaghetti sauce, spaghetti squash, grilled zuchinni and onions, salad
S: fudgesickle

March 12
B: Steel cut oatmeal
S: cheese stick
L: grilled chiken breast, salad (you get the picture of what I normally put in a salad)
D: Thai Pork...with asparagus, green beans, broccoli, onions, cauliflower and artichoke hearts...yummy stuff and enough for lunch tomorrow!
S: Chocolate FF SF pudding

I have been lax on exercise since I have been sick and kiddies have been sick. I plan to push hard this weekend though so I can see a difference on Monday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2004


I am more than a week behind in updates here...eeeep!

Not to worry though because, dear readers, I have been faithful in following my plan of attack. I have been eating the way I should and I have been doing my exercise. I wish I could say I saw the scale move down but alas, nope. On a positive note though, I was able to wear a dress that I have not worn in several years because it was just a wee bit too tight to be comfortable.

I have my menus of what I ate for the week that I didn't blog. You know, I meant to blog and just didn't get around to it. Bad me.

I will be back later today to update my meals and exercise for the week I was being lazy about blogging.

March 3
B: 3/4 Kashi Good Friends, dry...I snacked on this while I unloaded groceries
L: 2 eggbeater omelette with skim mozzarella cheese, 2 pieces of Canadian bacon, 1/4 cup cottage cheese
S: celery with Lite Laughing Cow Cheese
D: Burritto meatloaf, made with lean ground beef, ff refried beans, guacamole (made with plain FF yogurt, drained), veggie chips and salad.
S: SF jello

March 4
B: Kashi cereal
S: Cheese stick
L: Salad with chopped turkey, artichoke, cucumber, broccoli slaw, cottage cheese, sunflower seeds and dressing
S: pistachios
D: lean sirloin, dinner salad, steamed squash, zucchini and green beans
S: Never did do anything

March 5
B: Kashi cereal, dry
S: cheese stick
L: salad with cucumber, steak, broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds and dressing
D: lean sirloin, dinner salad, green/wax beans
S: 2" square white birthday cake w/frosting

March 6
B: cottage cheese
S: Laughing Cow Lite
L: 2 eggbeater omelette with cheese, canadian bacon
S: pistachios
D: grilled chicken breast, grilled summer squash, zuchinni and and a salad
S: FF SF Chocolate Fudge pudding

March 7
B: 3/4 cup Kashi cereal
S: 2 slices of turkey breast with Laughing Cow Lite rolled up in it
L: salad with 2 oz steak, cottage cheese, artichoke heart, cucumber, sunflower seeds and dressing I love salad!
S: fudgesickle
D: grilled chicken tenderloin, greenbeans, cabbage
S: SF FF Chocolate Fudge pudding

March 8
B: Cottage Cheese (do we see a pattern here?)
S: Laughing Cow Lite cheese
L: salad with turkey, hardboiled egg, sunflower, cucumber, broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds and dressing
S: fudgesickle
D: grilled bugers, grilled veggies, salad
S: SF jello

March 9
B: 2 scrambled fake eggs, canadian bacon
S: Kashi cereal
L: lean hamburger, salad, cheese stick
S: pistachios
D: grilled pork, zucchini and onions, salad
S: SF jello

March 10
B: 1/2 cup cottage cheese
L: 2 eggbeater omelette w/FF sour cream, canadian bacon
D: Enchilada baked chicken, steamed brussel sprouts, refried beans and salad

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

2.7 miles

That doesn't sound really that far but try doing it while pushing 100 lbs of stroller and kids uphill...then it feels a lot further! In any event, that is the amount that I went and ran this morning. It was about 50 when I went out and I had on a longsleeved shirt under my t-shirt. About half way through the run, I stopped long enough to take off the long sleeve shirt before I keeled over from being too hot.

My 2 year old had gotten up too early this morning and about half way through the route, he fell asleep. His 1 year old sister was very content to just watch things go by and play with a rattle while her mom sweat behind her.

I did better on my water today but I really, really need to push it.

B: cottage cheese
S: pistachios
L: turkey wrap with boston lettuce, avocado, Laughing Cow and mustard
S: nothing
D: baked chicken, salad and broccoli
S: Sugar free Eskimo Pie

Tomorrow will be tough to get in my exercise since I have to go grocery shopping. I would normally be doing my morning exercise then but I guess I can do it in the afternoon. I just hate grocery shopping so try to get there right when the store open.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Weigh In!

Yep, another day to pull out the scale and step up on. Will I be down, will I be up, will it not have changed? I am pleased to say that it went down another 1.5 lbs to make a grand total of 10 lbs lost! Woo hoo!

My husband decided to take part in the Boot Camp and as part of that, he joined me in doing South Beach. Today was his first day. Since I am actually almost ready for Phase II, I decided to stay on Phase I with him.

B: yougurt with cinnamon and nutmeg
S: none
L: salad with artichoke heart, cucumber, broccoli, ham, cheese and dressing
S: pistachios
D: orange roughy, eggplant and salad
S: sugar free jello

I also am trying to drink more water and still not doing well. I think I may try to do Crystal Lite tomorrow and see if I have better luck.

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Day 12

Still plodding along here, not much to really report. Tomorrow starts our Boot Camp and it should be so much fun. Who would have thought that being accountable for exercise and healthy eating could be considered fun??

B: cottage cheese
S: cheese stick
L: turkey roll up with avacado, laughing cow cheese
S: none
D: grilled lean hamburger, salad, summer squash
S: piece of chocolate cake and buttercream frosting! (It was my daughter's birthday and never again, I got a massive headache!)

Weigh in tomorrow!

Saturday, February 28, 2004

New Pictures

In preparation for Boot Camp, I had new photos taken today. I think I will probably be a total of 10 lbs down (or more...hopefully) on Monday but if not, these are close. Since I am wearing more revealing clothing, I think you will get a better idea from the next set of pictures as to the loss. Just click the link over to the left to see the pictures.

Tonight was a NSV night since we went to Olive Garden to eat. I didn't get the sausage/potato soup that I love, I ate salad. I didn't eat a breadstick (not that I normally do anyway) and I didn't get my cannaloni. I ordered the grilled pork and asked in place of roasted potatos, that I get roasted veggies. I had to admit, my husband looked at me in amazement as I cheerfully ate veggies that I normally push to the side. Heck, I normally would not have touched these! I ate onions, I tried peppers (no thanks), I ate squash and I ate zucchini. I did eat the itty bitty mint chocolate at the end of dinner though. Oh well, if that bit means I have failed, this is just not the lifestyle for me anyway.

Tomorrow I plan to take my measurements and I will post those here as well. My boot camp page is private so while I will give MY info here, I am not at liberty to share the info on the others taking part with me.

B: 2 eggbeater omelette, cheese, ham
S: cheese stick
L: turkey wrap (lettuce, avacado, Laughing Cow cheese, turkey and horseradish)
S: None
D: grilled pork tenderloin, roasted veggies, salad
S: fudgesickle

I think I did pretty good today!

Friday, February 27, 2004


Not too much to report here. I did get in my exercise this morning. Luckily, I did it when I had since I had one of my boys come home sick. He just laid on the couch but it makes it harder when I have more of them home. As it is, the 2 year old likes to march with me and the 1 year old gets mad when she can't get too close since I am moving around.

I am still concerned about my caloric intake since it is below 900 again! Geeze, I ate a lean hamburger and had chicken for dinner. I don't know what else to do here. I even had guacamole (made with drained fat free plain yogurt instead of sour cream)!! I guess I am going to have to figure a way to boost a few hundred more calories in there since I don't want my body eating into my muscles.

I got a book, based on the recommendation of a lady who shed an amazing amount of weight. The book I am reading is called "Strong Women Stay Slim" I want to add some strength training to my exercise and have considered getting some ab workouts too.

I am actually getting excited about Boot Camp. I think it is great, there are 12 of us that are taking part and it is such a supportive group. I can't wait to see how we do in the upcoming months. My husband is considering joining us on the sides and I am going to encourage him to do that. I am going to be posting up some pictures again. I am hoping to be down 10 lbs on Monday but even if I am not, it will be new pictures with current measurements.

Here is my meals for the day:

B: cottage cheese
s: mozzarella cheese stick
l: lean ground beef patty, lettuce, guacamole
s: cashews
d: grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli, salad (I am not listing everything I put in here, suffice it to say I put more than just 3 kinds of lettuce)
s: this since it satisfies my sweet need without compromising anything.

I got the form today for the 5K run at the beginning of April. It comes through the kids school but it was kinda freaky that I was writing about it yesterday and the form shows up today. Guess that means I really need to fill it out and enter.

Thursday, February 26, 2004


I started out to do my exercise this morning and it got interrupted after the first mile. Things got hectic to the point that I never was able to finish it. Wahhh! Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett, and I plan to do better.

Boot Camp is fast approaching and I think my goals, beyond weight loss, are going to be on water drinking and exercise.

Speaking of exercise, I found out that I am not going to be able to run in the half marathon I had planned. Things keep piling up on that specific day, things that I can't put off. I know there are those of you who think I should put me first in this case but I don't feel right in handing everything off to my husband that day while I go run for a few hours. I am going to continue my training for it and maybe next year I will be ready to run an actual marathon.

There is a 5K race here in town in early April. The kids normally run in the 1 mile fun run and so I am planning to take part in the 5K run. It is not a half marathon but it does give me something to aim for.

Here is my meals for the day:

breakfast: 2 vegetable quiche cups to go
snack: none today
lunch: salad with chicken, hard boiled egg, avacado, broccoli, lettuce and artichoke hearts (dressing)
snack: celery with laughing cow cheese
dinner: grilled pork chop, asparagus, salad
snack: fudgesickle

See you all tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 25, 2004


I don't know how it happened but the morning got away from me and before I knew it, it was lunch time. The whoops is that I didn't think to eat breakfast! This is not a good thing, I think missed meals lead to raging hunger and prowling for food.

Some friends on another board and I are taking part in a Boot Camp for Exercise/Weight loss for the month of March. It doesn't really differ from the blog I keep but we will be required to post a monthly goal and give daily updates. I think it is going to be fun! I love doing this with other people who struggle with the same things I do.

Here is my meals for the day and I just realized I didn't blog on Tuesday! Eeek! Okay, nothing went on so first will be Tuesday meals and then today.

Tuesday breakfast: cottage cheese
snack: mozarella cheese stick
lunch: salad with tuna, sprouts, cucumber, broccoli, artichoke, dressing, sunflower seeds
snack: cashews
dinner: spaghetti with spaghetti squash, salad
snack: pistachios, fudgesickle

Wednesday breakfast: whoops!
snack: cheese stick
lunch: 2 eggbeater omelette, cheese, ham, cottage cheese, broccoli
snack: laughing cow cheese w/celery
dinner: chicken breast, acorn squash, salad
snack: orange cream yogurt

Tuesday I was on the low side for calories so I made an effort today to have more calories.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The verdict is in

and it shows that I did, in fact, lose weight from last week! Woo hoo! Check out the thermometer to see where I am currently. I will be gald to see the red go up, up, up!

There is not a lot to say for today. I got a George Foreman grill so when I want to grill something, I don't have to go fire up the Weber in the backyard. I tried a burger, following the guidelines in the book, and it was soooo overdone! In the next few days, I will try one again and just follow the time that I would normally do it on a grill outside. I also got some cute little fluted condiment cups to put my dessert in. I make the ricotta creme or yougurt and 1/2 cup just swims in a regular sized bowl. It fills up these cute little .33 cent cups nicely and give the illusion that I am getting a bunch! heh...

Tonight we had a Pack meeting and it was Fiesta Time...all kinds of Mexican food. I took a bite of some refried beans and that was it. I was a good girl until we got home and I made my own dinner. Since it was a hectic night, my food intake was down. I normally would not worry but because I am also a nursing mother, I need to make sure that I don't compromise my supply at all.

Breakfast: yogurt with cinnamon, nutmeg and splenda
snack: mozarella cheese stick
lunch: salad with almonds, cucumber, avacado, sprouts, tuna and FF dressing
snack: cashews
dinner: grilled lean hamburger, lettuce
snack: Peanut butter cup ricotta creme. (SB approved!)

Tomorrow I plan to eat more salad and veggies! I am also making spaghetti for dinner....using spaghetti squash for my noodles.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

First Weekend

My very first weekend on this new way of eating has come and gone with little stress (as far as eating went).

Tomorrow is the big weigh in day to see how things are going. I am hoping the 3 lbs are still gone and perhaps 4??

I ate more today, I think since it was Sunday and I didn't have a snack like I normally do, I was more hungry than I have been. Even with that, I think I still did well.

Breakfast: 2 egg omelette with ham and cheese
snack: mozarella cheese stick
lunch: grilled hamburger steak, avacado, plain yogurt
snack: fudgesickle
dinner: grilled lean pork chop, green beans, boiled cabbage
snack: 1/2 cup cottage cheese

I didn't eat as much salad today as I normally do and actually ate more meats than I have been. I think once a week is not bad to go lighter on the salads.

I need to expand my lettuce horizons too, beyond iceberg. I really am not fond of leaf lettuce but as long as I have some crunch in the salad, I can eat the lettuce.

Okay, tomorrow is the big weigh in, I will see if this is taking hold and doing well then!

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Day Four

I am still trying fish and have yet to find one I like.

You may ask why I am eating fish when I don't like fish. I am trying to make sure I don't like fish rather than I just don't like the way it is fixed. So far, I have tried grilled cod and a spicy talpia and have not liked either. I am not sure on tonight's fish if it is the fish that I didn't like or the capers in the sauce so I am giving both the sauce and the fish another chance before declaring that I don't like it. I am going to try some farm raised catfish in the next few days to see if that fares any better.

I was out running errands today and never really felt hungry. I did have a total NSV though that I have to share. Right now, the remote to our TV in bedroom is missing. While I was searching for it (still lost), I came across my favorite candy bar, a Nutregous, in a stack of books. I didn't even pick it up (so it is still there in the stack of books)! Woo hoo! I didn't even consider eating it or taking a nibble.

A friend on another board gave a recipe that called for an ingredient that is not in my Phase I yet and another asked me what harm a dusting could do. I want to put my answer here again just so I can have a reminder.

If I can justify a "dusting", then I can certainly justify a "taste" as well, can't I? If a "taste" is acceptable, then surely a "nibble" would be okay. Heck, if I can get away with a "nibble" then a "teeny bite" wouldn't hurt me. And the cycle goes on. If I justify, at least in my mind, even a little cheat, that opens the door for me to jusify in my mind a bigger cheat than that and all the work I have done is down the tubes. I don't want to even open the door, I want to be in control of what I eat rather than what I eat to be in control of me.

Here is what I have eaten today:

Breakfast: 1/2 cup cottage cheese with cinnamon, nutmeg and splenda
snack: mozzarella cheese stick
lunch: salad with avacado, broccoli, sprouts, mixed lettuce, sunflowerseeds, baked ham and dressing
snack: fudgesickle
dinner: spicy talpia, cauliflower, salad (think lunch but smaller and no ham)
snack: laughing cow cheese w/celery

I also found out I can have fat free sugar free plain yougurt so I am going to get some and mix up a bit for breakfast. It will have to wait until Monday though.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Still Going

Day 3 has come and gone with little change. I am eating big meals and not feeling hungry. Snacking is still a constant challenge and I really want sweet stuff. All in all, I think it is going very well.

I broke my own rule and got on a scale today rather than waiting for Monday. If it is accurate, I am down 3 lbs from Monday. I will hold off celebrating until Monday though...if it is true than I hope I am down more!

My meals today were:

breakfast: 1/2 cup cottage cheese with cinnamon and splenda
snack: mozzarella cheese stick
lunch: salad with turkey bacon, avacado, sprouts, cucumber and dressing
snack: 30 pistachios
dinner: 4 oz roast beef, mock sweet potato (acorn squash) and salad/dressing
snack: celery with natural peanut butter

I also feel like I had a NSV since I sliced cake for everyone else and didn't get a slice myself. After seeing the 3 lbs, it is sure tempting to "reward" myself but I didn't do it. I had my celery stalk with natural peanut butter instead.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Second Verse, same as the First

Sorry, it was required that I do that after reading another blog that was singing Henry VIII. Okay, so today was the second day of beaching and I think it is going well.

I still catch myself starting to eat a bit of this, a bite of that and I have stopped myself each time. It is sooo tempting to give in but I didn't.

I did have a lowlevel headache most of the day and a few hours where I think I had a low grade fever. I took some tylenol and slept a few hours and felt fine. I think it was not related to all this since I just started but I guess it could be.

I had to take a few kids to dental appointments today and forgot to bring a snack with me. By the time I got back home, I was raging with hunger. I need to remember to bring a snack with me next time.

Here is a run down of today's menu:

Breakfast: 2 egg omelette with a sprinkle of cheese
Midmorning snack: 1 mozarella cheese stick
Lunch: salad with tuna, avacado, alfalpha sprouts and dressing
Midafternoon Snack: celery stalk with Lite Laughing Cow cheese
Dinner: baked chicken, green beans and salad
Treat: Sugar Free Fudgesicle

Today blew as far as getting any exercise in but tomorrow, I am going to do that in the morning. I have the morning free, no errands to run.

I want to give a big thumbs up and kudos to my buddy, Alexis. It is her story to tell but she had a fantastic NSV and gets applause from me on it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

South Beach Day 1

Yep, you read correctly, I have decided to get some beach front property and start lounging on South Beach. For those of you who now REALLY think I have lost my mind, I am simply going to be following the South Beach diet.

The first two weeks, so I have read and been told, are the most difficult. I am at day 1 of 14 in the first phase of the diet. Here is what has been eaten today (or will be before I am done)

Breakfast: 2 egg omelette with a sprinkle of cheese
Midmorning snack: 1 mozarella cheese stick
Lunch: salad with grilled chicken, sunflower seeds and dressing, 2 mini sugar free Reece's Cups
Midafternoon snack: 1 wedge Lite Laughing Cow cheese
Dinner: cod fillet, steamed asparagus, salad
Dessert: Vanilla Creme Riccotta

I am not hungry but it has really driven home how much I snack. It is so insidious too... a bite of cereal when I pour it for the kids, a cookie when I make lunch, the rest of a banana after I cut it up for Kierynn, a cracker when I give some to Iain etc etc etc

My jogging stroller came last night and since I had to go pick up Son #1 from school, we walked up there. Ugh, remind me to NEVER walk with Son #2 again.... I got a watch that counts down so it lets me know at the half way mark if I am at the pace I want or not. Smart watch? No, I know where the 1.5 mile mark is and if my watch goes off before I reach that spot, I am going too slow. On a positive note, a neighbor saw me out and then called this evening to suggest that we go out walking together. Cool! An actual walking partner!

I will be posting daily from now on since I want to keep my food journal tied in here as well. I think it will help me stay on course.

You just don't know how tempting it is to eat that ONE chip, that ONE chocolate heart or that ONE bite of whatever. I was good, I didn't do it!

Monday, February 16, 2004


It was below 30 this morning when I bundled up the kids and got my husband to come out walking with me. I really regretted not wearing any gloves for about 5 minutes until my hands got warm.

He had used his truck to get the milage so I had him set his watch to count down to the half way mark. We were walking and both pushing strollers so I had him do a 15 minute walking mile. I was kinda bummed that we didn't quite make that at the half way mark so we picked up and finished within the time I had in my head.

Later today, we double checked the milage and he was OFF! We DID make the halfway mark and actually because it was off, we did marginally better than a 15 minute mile. I think that is darn good considering we had the strollers and we live in a hilly neighborhood.

I am currently contemplating doing something different as far as eating goes. I have been following a meal plan but it is limiting and I find myself really craving the sweets it in anything with sugar! I am looking at a few other options and will decide in the next few days what I am going to do.

My double jogging stroller should be here tomorrow...probably while I am down in Nashville in the morning.

Still need to work on the water drinking issue though. It is easier to do in the summer but in the winter, I really have to force myself to drink it.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Woo hoo!

I have a double jogging stroller on its way to me. I have missed being able to use a double jogger since my last one went ka-put last year. Although it is a harder workout, even with wheels, I enjoy being able to get out and have someone to talk to while I am running/walking.

My weightloss/exercise buddy has set a goal of 15 lbs lost by Easter. I am joining her on this goal so am going to be working hard to be down there with her.

My short term goals are to drink more, more, more water and exercise more.

I have to also say that I am loving my shoes. They are so comfortable. This is the first decent pair of shoes I have gotten and what a difference!

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Ha, Ha! Fooled ya!

I know those of you who are reading along were thinking to yourself "Uh oh! She stopped blogging, that means she stopped again!" but this time, you would be WRONG!

I have continued to do my exercise but I did have a week long break while we went down to Orlando on my son's Make A Wish trip.

We did a whole lot of walking, not at a brisk pace but still a lot of walking, while we were there. Of course, we did not eat well at all and I was a little apprehensive about getting on the scale when we got back. I really didn't want to see a huge gain although I did expect some gain.

I was very pleased and surprised to see that I maintained the weight I went down with (which is down one from the last time I gave an update). If you want to read about Devin's trip, you can check out his blog over at A Day in the Life of Devin

I got a decent pair of running shoes today, New Balance 715. I did a 4 mile brisk pace WATP workout with them to help break them in. It is only 25 outside so I am being a weenie and breaking them in without actually going outside to run. I suppose I need to get a pair of workout pants to actually go run in.

My goal is to be up to 6 miles by the end of next week. I would also like to be down in weight as well.

A big ole wave and hello to my fitness partner, Alexis! Thanks for checking in!

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Another Loss

Yipee! I am down another 2 pounds!! I weighed myself this morning.

Since I was feeling so good about my loss, I got out the Walking Away the Pounds exercise tapes. This is a nice, easy exercise tape but it still makes you work and if you are not in great shape, you are going to feel it. I did the 2 mile workout and not only is it easy, it is also fun! It is a lot more fun than the treadmill but that is another story.

I think I am going to alternate my treadmill with my tapes. I really want to get out and walk but it is not happening at the moment for many reasons.

My first big test will be coming up at the end of the month when we take a family trip to the Magical Kingdom and surrounding area. I am checking to see if there will be a DVD player in our villa and if so, I am bringing my tapes. Of course, walking around the parks will help me some but I don't want to lose the forward momentum I have.

I installed a counter over on the left so I can see how many folks are stopping by and I also updated the fat o meter to reflect my 3 lost pounds since I started back again. Wheee!

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Non Scale Victory!

I will be the first to admit this is a teeny thing in the grand scale of things but I had to share a NSV (thanks for the term Andrea!) with you guys.

I was running around today, doing various errands. One of them involved a trip to the store. I got a bunch of grapes (darn, no green ones though but red seedless will work). As we went to the checkout, one of my kids asked "Can I go get your candy bar?"

Now, see, that is just sad that even my kids expect me to grab a Reeces Peanut Butter Cup. I like them, I am a major snacker with a sweet tooth so I usually get one to snack on.

I DIDN"T GET THE CANDY BAR! Those two little cups of chocolate and peanut butter would totally negate 20 minutes of sweating on the treadmill. Now, I am no rocket scientist but tell me, do you think it is worth it? No way! I smiled at the child in question and just said "Not today, hon. Thanks anyway."

I noticed that this time around, when I don't push distance or speed, my legs are not getting as sore as they did starting out. Yes, I can still feel my muscles complaining when I work out but nothing like they used to.

Gross fact, my rear end jiggles something fierce when I run and where I have jiggly fat, it itches so badly when I get any speed going. Boy, will I be glad when that stops!

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I did it again

If I actually liked Brittany Spears, even a smidge, I would have put Oops in the title.

My treadmill got a workout again today. I went 1.3 miles in about the same time I did 1 mile the other day. My short term goal is to be up to an easy 2+ miles by the end of the week.

I alternate sprints (as much as you can on a treadmill) with a brisk walk. That means, for the brisk walk, I was almost 4 miles per hour, for the sprint, up to 6. Obviously, I was not sprinting for long distances but everything is a start.

I did weigh myself and I am down a whopping pound. Go me!

Sunday, January 11, 2004


Yes, my treadmill is up and working well. For almost 2 years, I have bemoaned the fact that the display doesn't work any longer. I like knowing how far I have gone and how long I have actually been up and sweating. I decided to take apart the display area to see if I could figure out why the display stopped working. I figured it out very quickly too.

Folks, having fresh batteries is an amazing thing to have. All this time and all the darn thing needed was new batteries. Silly me, who knew that the treadmill even HAD batteries??

I did 2 sessions this evening on the treadmill, both were only a mile but hey, I did them. I even jogged for almost 1/4 of a mile during the second set. I am hoping to come up with a sitter, at least a few times a week, so I can actually go out into air and do my workout.

I also moved around the treadmill. It is in my kitchen and was facing a I moved it around so it faces the kitchen. I also discovered that despite programs and commercials showing people reading while walking on a just doesn't work. I can't read a page that is moving up and down...even when the book is stationary. Drat....I was hoping it would help pass the time since an indoor treadmill seems to take longer. It is probably because the only time the scenery changes is when someone comes into the kitchen to ask me how much longer I am going to be.

Friday, January 09, 2004

The Big Picture

And sadly, it really is a big picture....of me. Yes, I did finally post the less than flattering pictures of me. You can look over on the pictures link and see what my "Before" is like. Rather hideous, if I say so myself.

If you are looking over there to the left, you will also notice that the thermometer has been reset since I managed to gain back the weight I had lost previously. ::::sigh::: Weight loss really sucks.

On a positive note, I have an entire board full of women who are cheering me on and a weight loss buddy. We weigh the same amount and I think having someone there with me will help me out so...thanks Alexis!!

I took a picture of the Mug 'O Water next to a 7 ounce cup. You can see how much water I am attempting to drink daily. I also found the key to my treadmill and plan to start using it since I can't get outside to actually walk at the moment.

No snickering at the pictures either :P

Sunday, January 04, 2004


Did you hear that loud thud? That was me, falling heavily off the exercise, blogging, eating well and drinking water wagon.

It is a new year, time to make resolutions although I personally hate them since they will be broken.

Today (again) marks the end. I have taken the pictures that show the whole ugly truth of how I look at my current weight. I will post them tomorrow (EEK!)

Baby steps, here I come. My short term goals are: drink more water, exercise. Once I consistantly am doing that, then I will go from there.

I have to also say, I am back at my starting weight so my thermometer over there needs to be changed...waahhh!! I have no one to blame but myself though.

So, thanks for being patient with me and being here AGAIN for me!