Sunday, April 3, 2011

Never Give Up!

This weekend has been an inspiring one for me... for every time we slam ourselves, there is someone else wishing that they could be us. I know you may think that is not true, but I bet you .... there is someone out there. You are already someone else's goal.

This weekend started with a great 5K run. I met a wonderful gal in the starting corral who noticed by Jeff Galloway Run/Walk Timer and mentioned "hey I do intervals too." We started talking and I asked her PR (38mins) and what she runs on the treadmill (5.0) well I do neither, so I immediately became disheartened. Like a tire with a flat ... the air of my confidence began to slip. I told her maybe if I just kept her in my sites I would know I was doing well.

The race started and I felt good... fell into my groove quickly and just ran my own race. I passed that girl ... and then she passed me... and then I passed her again. As I passed her the last time she commented "your gonna beat me you know" I just smiled and told her to keep up the good work. I finished that 5K (with the finish line cruely up a hill) at 42:35 which was a PR for me. I was psyched!
This morning was the Scheels 10K. It was just another training run for us, since it was a down week, but I thought my running partner should have the experience of doing a 10K race too before the big half marathon. The weather was abysmal. Now listen, I am NOT a wuss I run in cold, rain, snow, sleet etc but this was the WORST weather ever. Standing out at the start line its downpouring... and I look around. Wow, this is the fittest group of people I have ever seen... uh oh ... this might not be good!

The race starts ... and we are maintaining a decent pace (a funny aside - remember last week when my shoe was covered in blood - well my husband cleaned it with dishsoap. Well when the water hit it ... suds and soap poured out of my shoe for miles. It was hysterical) and we can see people in front of us. I focus on a girl in a tan jacket - with the goal to keep her in my sites. We reach the 1.5 mile marker and the 10K breaks away from the 5K (which started 10 minutes after the 10K and we were unceremoniously passed by all the fast 5Kers). We run down this road... and its just us... I can see NO people around us. The road is a loop, so we are on one side and the fast 10Kers are on the other side.

As we run down this road... at least 30 people or more over the course of the route cheer for us "great job girls" "keep up the good work" "you can do it" and I start to settle down and just smile. So what if the weather sucks... we are doing this. We come to the end of the long road and volunteer says ... "turn left and then take the second right and follow the cones." So we turn ... run ..... turn run .... uhhhh there are NO cones.

We turn right at the next block because I have some idea of where we are going kinda... and there are no cones. We run through a parking lot that is under more than 1 foot of water. I have no idea where we are ... there are no cones.... LOL this is a problem. We decide to keep running ... somewhat towards where we are going...

Suddenly a teeny red car pulls up and a guy says "oh no you guys are still out here." Uh ... yeah where did you think we went? He says he will help get us back on course... so he takes us about 4 blocks. He then turns his car around comes back and says "sorry girls, I took  you in the wrong direction - here hop in and I will get you back to the course." I look at Katie and we both say "no thanks we will run."

Who the heck gets in a car in the middle of the race!! He finally gets us back on course... we get up the huge hill and there is a sweet man standing with 2 glasses of water that he got for us since they took the water station down. Onward we go... as we come into the last mile its starts downpouring sleeting -- I mean it was actually painful. Onward we go ... we finally get near the parking lot where the finish line is ... and we get stuck in the middle of the kids run... LOL nope not kidding! So I was passed by a 5 year old with alot more energy than I had at that point.

We finally finish! The guy at the finish line says "oh yeah sorry we took some of the course down" SERIOUSLY! This race had no time limit ... how poor. I have never been in such a poor run in all of the runs I have done. The kicker... I cant tell you if I got a PR or not. According to my Garmin we did ... when I went to check the official results... hmm they dont have one on either of us.

I guess sometimes its about more than PRs. Its about seeing what you are made of... seeing what you can handle. Giving up did cross my mind (heck crossing to the other side of the road where the 10K was running back crossed my mind) but in the end I would KNOW that I gave up. And I cant give up ....

So how do I apply this to life. Jeff Galloway once said "when you wake up the morning, never let weather be your excuse. How do you know that on the day of your big race the weather wont be the worst you have ever seen? So suck it up and get out there" and I live this quote to the fullest..... in all aspects of my life.

I do not give up! When times get tough ... I get tougher! I challenge you all to do the same, because I KNOW you can! We rock ... and are stronger than those weak people who never try. I may have finished in dead last today -- but I am tougher than those people who looked out the window and crawled back into bed!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick-- i am still here

So- i started c25k over too bit y'all know that cuz of facebook.

I also started doing the one hundred pushups plan. Dude! My shoulders are killing me!

Food.... Um..... No comment. Lol

However, now are freezer is restocked -- is it weird that I could live off of froZen veggies?

Monday, March 28, 2011

starting over

i am starting over today on my diet. the past week has been very crazy, busy, unhealthy, etc. 

my hubby and i are both on the dieting wagon, so we have cut out a few things to help us on our journey.  no soft drinks or fried foods for at least a month.  only eating out once just the two of us.  We can go to subway during the week and we will eat out for lunch when his brother comes to town which is usually once a week.

i borrowed the book racing weight and have started reading that.   i want to buy a body fat scale to help track my progress. 

i up'd my calories in myfitnesspal, bc i think with running 1200 was putting me in starvation mode and thus the reason for not losing. so i up'd it to 1500. we'll see how that works. 

i have a friend that is doing ww and she said she would buy the new books and the calculator for me next time she went to a meeting.  so i plan on doing that too as well as counting calories. 

i also plan to cut out my late night snack.  we dont eat dinner til between 8:30-9pm. and when we get home at 12 we both like to have a snack.  i am planning on cutting that out as well and just drinking a tea or water. 

i also am going to restart c25k and work on my speed. i know i can run for however long but really want to work on my speed so i think doing it with that program and running as hard as i can during the run intervals will help me get faster. 

any other suggestions? 

Friday, March 25, 2011


i haven't been dieting or keeping track of stuff on myfitnesspal.  waiting is not an easy thing to do.  i didnt get the answer i wanted but i am doing ok with that and know that it will happen if it's meant to be some day. 

so now that i am out of "baby making" mode  i can start focusing on losing weight.  starting monday my hubby and i are both going to get serious and start eating better. 

of course before we do we are hitting up the melting pot saturday night and chinese buffet on sunday.  he had told me we woudl go to the melting pot to celebrate when we were pregnant, since that is not happening any time soon we are going to go anyway and hopefully be celebrating the sell of our house.  we are still waiting to hear back if the people that are buying our house have gotten their loan.  it has seriously taken forever.  we were told last friday we would know, then told wednesday, then told today at 9:30.  it's not 2 with no word about it. :(  so frustrating!!

i am considering joining weight watchers too.  i need to talk it over with jeremy. i know several people that go to meetings and also several who are doing the online version.  not sure which i want to do if i will do it at all or just do it on my own by counting calories.  have any of you done one or the other or both?  which do you prefer?? 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sickness Round 2

I have been doing good.
Making good food choices.

I was so excited to be back into exercising...  and then I got slammed with the cold again.  I wonder if I pushed it too hard coming out of it, or if I am just colossally unlucky, and the mom of 2 young boys, and am destined for this kind of cycling through the sicknesses?

(How's THAT for a run-on sentence??)

Update on the sickness.
Last night was horrendous. I was coughing SO HARD that I was physically ill.  Today I feel  like somebody used my midsection as a punching bag.

I was able to do a phone consultation with  the Nurse Practitioner, and she called in a prescription for an inhaler, which I already think is helping, and some cough medicine with codeine, which I don't know if I need... but the sleep can't hurt.

I came home early from school, and had a nice relaxing nap before I picked my cutie pies up at daycare.
That is probably why I have not keeled over from tiredness yet!  Although, my eyes are definitely starting to get heavy!!


So on the food front- my latest fave is romaine lettuce.  Seriously! I can't get enough!  My lunch was a big old salad from the salad bar at the grocery store/pharmacy.  Dinner?  Romaine, scallion, and cheese salad.  Yum.

Okay... that's it for now.  Can't wait to finally be healthy, healthy, healthy.


i'm am probably jinxing myself here but oh well.  the last 2 nights i have eaten 2/3rd of a package of thin mints.  there are 2 packages in 1 box. both mornings after i have been down.  hmmm, this is the type of diet i could go for!! :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

weigh in

i went on and weighed in today. like mer we usually have a big lunch after church and it blows it for monday. so i weighed this morning and was 199.0!!!  this was what i was all the week before this past one. last week i was hovering 201-202 all week.  :( i was shocked i was down today bc i ate a whole row of thin mints last night by myself (well j might have had one or two) but still you the point. plus my exercise this week consisted my run 3k run yesterday and biking thursday. that was it!!

this week is THE week.  trying not to think about it too much but that's really all i can do. 

i have a 15k next sunday so i have to do more exercise than i did this past week for sure! 

mer - great job on your weight loss today as well!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


this has been a horrible week for me eating and exercising wise.  monday i was up after running 7 miles, tuesday i was down from monday but still up for where i was all last week. so i pretty much said screw it and went hog wild on tuesday.

my husband and i went to our fav mexican restuarant and i ate my whole meal and chips and cheese dip.  usually when i'm trying to diet  i will try to limit my chip intake and eat only half of my quesadilla.  not this time.  and to top it off we had one of our tuesday night dinners that i get which was taco salad, a very yummy bean/corn salsa dip with lot of oils, and a chocolate cake. 

today was my first day exercising this week.  my legs were sore for a couple days after sunday's run so i took off bc i have a race coming up this saturday and didnt want to be sore.  today i didnt run but did get on the exercise bike for 23 minutes and did some hand held weight stuff with my arms for the first 5 minutes. 

today has been better though. we had lee's for lunch (3 chicken strips, a biscuit, and potato wedges) but tonight we are having a lean cuisine meal (200 calories) so i will be under my calories for today, unless i get into the thin mints.  which i think i can have a one serving of them and still be under....

next week i find out if we are pregnant or not.  if not then no baby for me.....  i think that is part of my eating problem this week too. i just can't make myself diet knowing next week i may be pregnant.  of course if i'm not i will be able to diet easier, strange as it is i just can not do it for some reason when we are trying....  :(

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Can it be Wednesday already??

Good Morning, My Lovelies!

What a fantastic week this is turning out to be!!  I am FINALLY HEALTHY!!!!!!

On Monday:
I ate awesome --- good choices, and felt happy and strong all day.
On my lunch break I did a Leslie Sansone walking workout in my classroom.  The second half, I just ignored the cues and RAN around my classroom.  (it's really big.) and it felt SO GOOD.  :)

Oh -- my dinner???  A whole heart of romaine lettuce, 2 scallions and a homemade little vinaigarette that I made. Lemon and Lime juice, a smidge of oil, and an even smaller smidge of white vinegar, and salt and pepper.  May have been the best salad ever!!    Oh -- and then I had some of the yummy thai fried rice that we had made on Saturday.  I love soy sauce.

On Tuesday:
I got up at 4:45 and found an awesome workout on my Netflix instant --- Self: Slim and Sleek Fast.  A fantastic cardio workout with some weights in it as well.  What a great start to the day!!  I knew that I needed to get it in fast, because my 5th grade band had their debut concert last night!!  It was awesome.

My pedometer registered over 12,000 steps for yesterday!  Woot!!

I got up early, ready to get my sweat on-- but little baby boy decided to sleep through the night!  Yay!!  Which means that when my alarm went off, he was hungry.  So I fed him, and by the time I got downstairs, bigger little boy was awake and wanting to "exercise" with me.  Basically that means that he TALKS THE WHOLE TIME and GETS IN MY WAY and complains that he wants to watch his own show.  Yeah.  So I got ten minutes of circuit training in so far.  The weather is getting warmer!  The sun is already shining and it is only 6:10.  I am going to bring my running shoes and stuff to school, and go for a run OUTSIDE!!  I am pretty excited about this.

------  Things that I want to tell you.

1.  I got a bonus check from a program that our insurance company is doing to promote healthy living. With it, I found a new pair of running shoes!  Brooks Ariels.  I am so excited to try them out today!

2. This one is really big.  In September, I finally went to my midwife and was officially diagnosed with Post Partum Depression, and put on Zoloft.  I felt better pretty quickly, but even with all of the reassurance that I would only need the meds for a few months, I was nervous that I would never feel like myself again.   When I was sick with the plague a few weeks ago, I was so out of it, that I didn't take the Zoloft for days and days.  When I finally realized it, I was floored.  I have been off for a while now, and I am REALLY feeling like my happy, normal self!!  I feel even happier than I did on my best days WITH the Zoloft.  :)  Life is, you know.... like, great and stuff.

Must eat breakfast and make my lunch.
Huge heart of romaine salad perhaps??  Yummmmm.

Monday, March 7, 2011


i have been in the 199's all week long. sunday i ran 7 miles! and today i was up two pounds to 201!! i dont understand it! this is why i get frustrated with exercising.  i didnt eat all my burned calories yesterday although i did eat quite a few of them.  so tell me what in the world caused me to GAIN 2 pounds after running 7 miles?????  how is that possible??

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ack! Nothing like guilt to get a post out of me!

Just kidding.

This was a good/strange week. I am FINALLY healthy. I am finally ready to start ezxercising again! Yay!

Monday and Tuesday back at school proved that my old habits are DEEPLY ingrained. I blew my calories both days because of the teachers room cafe. What makes me REALLY ticked off though is that 1) I had brought my own lunch from home and 2) I wasnt even hungry!!!!

Oh well- Wednesday through Friday were better on the food front.

I lost another pound, and I think I might be able to see it in my face!!

Okay --- crying baby. Gotta go!

Where Am I?

I'm here, guys! Sorry that I haven't been's been the week of Jennifer having to babysit everyone else in her life, and no time to blog. Good news, though...I've been totally rocking this food and exercise stuff. I can feel myself getting stronger while I do the Shred. I can now do Level 2 with almost no modifications with the 3 lb weights, and I can do all of Level 1 with no modifications at all with the 5 lb weights. I had a great run with Heather yesterday for the virtual 5k and I can't wait to run more. I've really missed it. Also I an reading this book called The End Of Overeating. It is VERY thought provoking and I think it explains a lot about all of us, and why we find it so difficult to put down the fatty, sugary food. I have to say that this book us making me completely change the way I view guys should pick it up if you ever have the time. OH ¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I forgot to tell you guys this!! I went out on Friday night and I was trying to figure out what to wear. I lovingly took my favorite pair of pants out of the closet so I could look at them. I do this every few months. They are a pale blue fuzzy of pants from The Gap. Haven't been able to wear them in 2 years....they are a size 14. Well I tried them on and they FIT!!!! With room to spare...i actually got to wear them out in public! I didn't believe it at actually took Jeremy shouting at me for a few minutes before I would believe that they fit. It was totally insane. Anyway, my weigh in is tomorrow and I'm excited. I'm going to measure, too. I hope I get some good results.....i FEEL smaller.
So! What is up with everyone else???? Love you guys!
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Week One of P90X is in the Books!

I am very proud of myself right now. I survived my week long adventure of P90x, plus got my runs in.
My goal was to do exactly 1/2 of the videos and with the exception of Pylometrics, I did just that. Here is what my workout schedule looked like this week.

Monday: Chest and Back (half)
Tuesday: Ran 6.2 miles on the track
Wednesday: Arms and Shoulders (half) / 20 minutes of Plyometrics
Thurs: 30 minute run
Friday: Legs and Back (half)
Saturday: Kenpo (half)
Sunday: Long run 7 miles

I am quite sore, but overall proud of the success of the week.
T minus 3 days until I get rid of the scale... I might possible start shaking without it!

Jen and Mer - where art thou?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

midweek update

yesterday i was down one pound from the week before. i was really pretty happy about this considering i ate out for every meal between friday am and sat. pm. and had chinese buffet sunday afternoon.
monday i did really well til dinner time. i fixed a light dinner but instead of eating my portions that i had already put on my plate, i got more after they were gone.  i was so hungry that night.  :( ended up being about 550 over.

tuesday i ran 2.4 miles with no stopping and no walking.  this is huge for me.  it's been a long time (aug) since i have run that far without walking.  i did well on food too and had 346 to spare.  362 cals were from running. so i was a little over my daily intake but the exercise balanced that out. 

so far today has been good as well. j and i went and biked for 2 miles. we had planned on more but j got a call from his mom that his grandmother was in the hospital and was not doing well at all.  since we already had the bikes out we decided to just ride for a few minutes around the neighborhood.  man oh man is our neighborhood hilly.  you dont realize it when you are in a car, but when you run or bike you start having a new found realization of hills.   i have about 450-550 cals left for dinner tonight.  not sure what we are having.  maybe subway since i can get a 6" and not feel hungry afterwards. 

also, i am completely amazed by myfitnesspal.  you said it yourself mer it has the most comprehensive foods than any other app.  i type something in knowing it wont be there and it is!  it's great!  :)

mer - i am doing ok.  it's easier right now than i thought just bc i know they are not practicing at all.  i think it will be the hardest for me next fall when they start practicing again and i am not there.  :(

ann marie - great job on the p90x and running. 

jenn - looks like your ticker moved in the right direction too! great job!  :)  cruise here you come!

Okay Jen... Where are you!!

Just kidding--- because I have been the most absent!

I am finally back in the land of the living.  I am not able to do exercise yet, because just going up and down stairs, or walking inside carrying the heavy, heavy, almost one year old produces coughing fits still, but I am wearing a pedometer and trying to get steps in whenever I can.

Monday and Tuesday I fell back into old patterns.  I went to the little teachers room cafe, and saw that the food was good, and I ATE IT.  Even though I wasn't hungry, because I had just eaten the sandwich I had brought from home.  And then I went back for more.

It took realizing that I had gone over my calories for the day before NOON to realize that I was in a BAD HABIT zone.  That realization, and then reading Prior Fat Girl Elle's latest post helped me to be armed and ready to make better choices today.

So- I went to the cafe today.  And I had veggie chili.  Yay me.

I am going to change my weigh in days to Sunday mornings.  Sundays are very hectic days, and I am not always able to be making healthy choices.  So, I want to be able to enjoy my family, friends and commitments, and not be dreading a weigh in the next morning.  We'll see, though.  If I find that less structure on Sundays leads to horrible Mondays and Tuesdays, like this week, I may change it back.

Just so's you know.  :)

Hope you all are doing great!  Crystal-- are you hanging in there post season?  Hope you aren't feeling too sad!!!
AnnMarie -- you are amazing.  You got yourself better a lot quicker than I did, lady!  Look at you go, with you mileage and your P90X!  So Proud of you!

Jen..............  I miss you!  What's going on with you??!?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Not quite what I was hoping for

Good day ladies!
My weigh in this week is 251.6 up one pound from last week. However, last week I was just coming back from being sick. This week I was up as much as 6 pounds, so overall I will take what I got.

I am getting back into running, got 4 miles in on Tuesday, 5 miles on Thursday, and 6.5 on Sunday morning.
I love the feeling when I am back into the running!

Today was day one of P90X .. it kicked my butt.
But yes, I pushed play ... and did what I could.
And I am proud of myself ....

Next week will be better, I promise!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

this weekend

our state swim meet was this weekend.  we left at 8:30 am friday morning and got back at 11pm sat. night.  lots of eating out.  i did try to do well and eat the best i could.

cereal bar for breakfast
chicken breast sub for lunch from subway
3/4 lasagna, 1/2 house salad, bread, and 1 scoop of vanilla icecream at old spaghetti factory
cinnamon latte and rice krispie treat at starbucks

apple juice, kix cereal and milk for breakfast at the hotel
salt and vinegar chips, italian sub for lunch from jimmy johns.
pancakes, bacon, hashbrown and eggs at ihop for dinner.

i weighed myself this mornign just to see what the damage was and it wasn't too bad.  of course then we went to chinese buffet for sunday lunch.  i didnt eat as much as i usually do but still not a good choice in going there.  light dinner for tongiht.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My New Toy ...

Well, my Body Media Fit has arrived... and lemme tell you it is the greatest invention ever!
Today was a good day, I logged my food, I made good choices, and I got a 5 mile run in.

My run was not the greatest. I forgot my Chomps and I dropped my blood sugar at about mile 4 and started to get really dizzy, but I would not quit! So I did finish my run ... woo hoo. I was unfortunately FOUR minutes slower than my Turkey Trot time, but what can you do?

Here are the stats from the Body Media ... I burned 3429 calories today, took 14500 steps, had 75 minutes of vigorous activity (which means it counts my running as vigrous which is good) and 44 minutes of moderate activity. I had an overall 1267 calorie deficity after logging my food.

Now ladies... PLEASE look at what I burned.  Now if I ate 1200 calories what do you think my body would do. As it was I added some chocolate at the end of the night because I was low. I am still too low according to the recommendation of the software who says to eat 750 under your burn for the day!


Now my plague has taken on the shape of sinus and cold ick.
Yesterday, after every trip down to the basement for laundry, I had a coughing fit that I am not joking, lasted between 5 and 10 minutes.  The awful, can't get your breath kind of coughing fits.

Today I have done nothing, and felt mostly better, except for the headache I had in the middle of the day.


So definitely no exercising here.
And since my husband is on vacation hours --- yay for time together!! -- we have been having takeout, and other not SO great choices.  And I have NOT been tracking everything.  But I am okay with it.
I am not staying under my CURRENT calories, but I am staying under my BMR calories, so I am feeling okay.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


6 piece nuggets w/ sweet and sour sauce
2/3 of a large fry

dinner: (def got my veggies in today!)
green beans
califlower/lettuce parmasian dressing salad
chicken pot pie

other half of fajita quesadilla from monday
apple cinnamon cereal bar

snack: cantaloupe, pineapple, couple bites of cheese dip with 2 crackers

to be determined....

Monday, February 21, 2011

mon - new day!

my hubby and i went to our favorite mexican restaurant today for lunch.  i was very good and only had 1/2 of what i usually get.  i got a box for the other half.  i counted out my chips (16) and ate them with cheese dip.  salsa would have been a better choice, but i love me some cheese dip.

for snack i ate a honey/peanut butter uncrustable and for dinner i am going to eat a strawberry jelly/peanut butter uncrustable. 

calories today:
chips - 169
1/2 chicken fajita quesadilla (using another mex rest. that was in mfp) - 615
cheese dip - 138
honey uncrustable - 210
strawberry uncrustable - 210
total - 1342

rode exercise bike for 40 minutes, burned 425 cals.

mfp name is estes45. what is all of yours?  how does it work with friends?

The Scale Diet ...

Oh I totally forgot to tell you about my other new plan ...its called a Scale Diet.
Now those of you who knows me well know that I am obsessed with the scale. I weigh myself waaay too many times during the course of a day. And I always say that it doesnt affect me, and it doesnt. But what I did notice is that when the scale shows a loss, I am more likely to be lax on myself.

So, as inspired by some other friends, I am going on a Lenten scale diet.
Ash Wednesday (March 9th) will be my last day with a scale -- and then my next weigh in will be April 24th!
I will be measuring weekly instead ...

This will allow me to focus on making good choices and getting exercise without focusing on that darn scale!
Anyone have any thoughts?

Mer: warm moist compresses applied to the face -- mucinex D or just plain robitussin will help. It just takes time.. I am still coughing and congested but energy wise I feel much more human than I did last week. I am certainly glad that I pushed P90X back farther, not even sure I would be up to it today even!

Monday Weigh-in (after the plague)

Oh my word.
I was out from work for AN ENTIRE WEEK and I am just now starting to feel like a human again.

AnnMarie --- right now I have the leftover cold symptoms with killer sinus pressure.  Any tips?

-So I was NOT hungry last week.  I hardly ate anything.  When I weighed myself earlier  -- towards the end of last week, I was showing an even bigger loss than the 4 lbs that posted today.  To be honest, I am grateful that it was 4, and not too much higher.  You can't maintain all of your sickness losses, usually!  The timing of weighing in after the weekend was good, because I was feeling much better.

So, now I am back to tracking calories, and taking advantage of vacation week and my husband's vacation schedule to get some running in.  (If the sinus pressure every goes away! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!)

I am so grateful for all of you....  and I am so ridiculously happy to be doing this with you all.  I love you!!!

Monday Weigh In

Well, miracles have finally happened ladies. I dont know how, or why, but my scale does show 250.6 this morning which is a 2 pounds loss. I am convinced though this is a farce, because I certainly didnt track or make healthy choices last week with being sick.

Today is 7 days until I start P90X... and yep Im nervous!
I also broke down and bought a Body Media Fit because I want one, so hopefully I can finally get on top of this weight problem thing (although it really should be simple: eat healthy + exercise = weight loss). It should be delivered on Wednesday I hope.

I dont really have any big goals for this week, which is probably a bad idea. Im just so excited that I have some energy back after being sick for so long. Tuesday I am running 4 miles in a true Galloway speed workout 30:30 ... this will probably drive me insane. Wednesday I have dinner out with a friend at the local fondue spot (ouch on the calories). Thursday is a 4-5 miler. Saturday is a 6.5 miler.....

Crystal: Sorry to hear about the gain, but you will kick it into gear this week I know it.
Jennifer: No loss, but no gain either. Consistancy breeds success... now track your crap!
Mer: Hope your feeling better soon and will be among the land of the living soon!

Have a great week guys!


i was up 1.4 from last week.  :( but i was expecting it.

jen i know you wanted to be down, but being the same is definitely better than being up! :) 

Weigh In, Update

Hi guys. Mer & Anne Marie, hope you guys are feeling better. I know I've been MIA lately...I'm buried in schoolwork and trying to write a research paper when I haven't written one in like 11 years, so THAT'S been fun. :( Also had my 10 year wedding anniversary this weekend.
Today was my weigh in day and I'm disappointed. I had an EXACT MAINTAIN AGAIN. 206.6! That is becoming an evil number to me. I really need to track my calories better. I do well in the morning, ok in the afternoon, and by dinner time its like all bets are off. I'm tired of eating out so much...I need to go grocery shopping! But with my husband working strange overnight shifts and me being buried in a research paper, I have absolutely no time to. (So it seems)
The positives here are I'm keeping up with my 30 Day Shred. Today is Day 11 for me, so I am going to tackle Level 2 again. As far as measurements go, I'm losing inches. So that's good...look for a big number next week at my weigh in, though, because I'm kicking the food thing into high gear! I HAVE to be under 200 pounds when I leave for the Bahamas. I just HAVE to.
So I'm going to be posting everything I eat on here every night. Going to try to find a way to paste it in from MFP, and if you guys notice that I'm not doing that, will you PLEASE yell at me?? Please?? I so need someone to help me keep accountable...God knows the people here in real life don't care if I eat myself into a coma.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Where my girls at?

hey where is everyone?  mer i know you've been sick - hope you are feeling better! :)

so thurdsay was pizza buffet as previously posted :(

friday i ate really well. had chicken breast sub for lunch, 7 oz sirloin, salad, and baked potato from applebees for an early dinner. :)

saturday i didn't eat so well.  ran 4 miles, had chicken breast sub for lunch, but had johnny carino's nachos for dinner.  went to a movie afterwards went to the bathroom and got an unpleasant surprise of spotting :(
as i think i've said we have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years now and have now had two failed iui's the past 2 months. so to cheer me up we went to cold stone where i got a love it portion of peanut butter icecream in a waffle cone.  it was very good, but not worth the guilt afterwards. well, wished i had just gotten the like it size so not too much guilt!

today - i went to my mom's after church for dinner.  i had 6 ribs, mashed potatoes, fried/baked apples, 2 biscuits, slaw, and some peach cobbler.  knowing i went overboard at lunch, i plan on having a very light dinner. 

not expecting much tomorrow on the scale. my diet hasn't been good this week at all and with my monthly visitor showing up i already know i'll be up from last week. :( but this next week will be better!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


today consisted of me going to my part time job, driving an hour, eating lunch at jimmy johns (slim #1 508 cals , half a pickle 11 cals, and salt and vinegar chips 150 cals), hold a friends baby that was born on Monday, stopping at starbucks for a carmel brulee latte 300 cals, coming home and going to my full time job, going to swim practice on my dinner break and stopping at mcdonalds to get a cheeseburger (300 cals) for dinner, then going back to work where I am still at now.

all in all i was over 69 calories.  not too bad. 

and I didnt weigh myself today even though i REALLY wanted to! 

Barely Alive

Hey girls.
I don't recall ever being this sick in my entire life.  I have flu like shakes chills/sweats.  I am hoping I have seen the last of those, though.  I have a very, very bad cold.  DayQuil isn't touching it, and that is my miracle medicine.   And of course, every time I have any kind of cold, I get pleurisy along with it.  Ow.  (That is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs, so basically any time I breath and my lungs touch my rib cage is hurts like a ...... lot.)

I still had a temp when I woke up this morning.
Now I am battling a massive headache and lungache and everything ache and trying to watch my two babies at the same time.

My husband stayed home with me on Monday night when it was the worst, thank God.  But I don't want him to get in trouble on my account, so even though I am miserable, I can't ask him to stay home.

Officially miserable.
Over and out.

Day 3 - Sickness preventing success....

Good morning. I am alive, or at least partially so. I have been sick for 3 days now, and I still have not turned the corner to feeling even slightly better. I swear Robitussin is an appetite supressant....

I have been trying to log everything as much as possible, although my husband brought me home frosted sugar cookies and chocolate chip muffins ... not sure what the calories on either were!

I cannot wait until I feel better - its very disappointing to me that I was soo motivated and now have been soo sick and havent been able to exercise at all.

Jennifer: Your breakfast sounds very yummy... and actually I dont think that you are that far over, but you should have logged it so that you knew. Part of this journey and us being successful is to be honest, bluntly honest with ourselves!

Crystal: Im jealous that you have such a great workout partner! Glad that you are still running as well!

Meredith: Are you alive? Are you feeling ok? Are you getting any better?

Day Whatever Recap - Losing Count

I sucked yesterday, big time. My eating was crap- Shoney's breakfast/lunch of scrambled eggs, hash browns, a slice of  bacon, and a biscuit with butter and jelly all washed down with lots of OJ. Several mini cupcakes in the afternoon, big bowl of spaghetti for dinner, a couple more mini cupcakes after dinner plus a Lucky Charms cereal bar. I didn't track it cuz I didn't want to see how many calories it all was.  Frick frick frick! Plus I didn't do my workout.
So today I decided that I was going to make up for it. Started off strong with a light breakfast (under 100 calories) and a smoothie. Then I turned on the Shred and figured I would try  Level 2 since I felt like I had basically gotten a handle on Level 1.
Please kill me.
Jillian Michaels is a bitch.
I hate her.
And her entire family.
And her dog, if she has one.
Peace out.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


had a raspberry cheesecake cookie from subway last night.  which was much better than the giant cupcake that one of the student workers gave me.  it had choc frosting on it and was so tempting!  so i gave it to jeremy and he gave me a cookie he had gotten for dinner.

this morning i ate a cereal bar (120 cals) , a fun size bag of skittles (60 cals), and 1/2 of a Fridays Skillet Meal Shrimp Stirfry (300 cals).

J and I also went running. I ran for 25 min. doing run 4, walk 1.

tonight though is going to be interesting.  a former principal now has a cooking business as a hobby.  She sends out menus and you tell her which ones you want and give her a "donation".  Tonights menu is breakfast casserole, hashbrowns, fruit, and strawberry bread (like banana bread but with strawberries, yum yum). since I didn't make this I have NO idea what the calories are going to be.  I dont feel like i can ask her to calculate it either.  so my plan is to eat small servings and hope for the best. 

i weighed myself today.  :( but i was done a pound from yesterday! :)  i know i said i wasn't going to but when i talked to my hubby about it (he weighs every day like i do) he said he would just weigh on his running days so he could write it down in the log book.  so that is what i am going to do too! i only run 3 times a week and that will still be much better than me weighing every day! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day One of Recommitment

Well the day I have been waiting for (or dreading depending on the moment) has finally come. Yes, its Valentines Day and all of those goals that I listed below started today. The biggest and most scary goal, was starting P90X (but I was still excited)!

I woke up this morning, energized and promising to make good choices. I was a bit stuffy, but thought it would ride itself out (it didn't), but here is a list of what I turned down today...
-- chocolate chips cookies (nurses last day gave guilt trip), sugar cookies with frosting, brownies with    chocolate frosting, brownie bites, doughnuts and doughnut holes, and taco dip!
-- lunch was catered today, the sandwiches appeared safe (just ham and cheese) but I decided I didnt want them because I didnt know the calories for sure, so I ate a HC meal instead

Unfortunately as the day went on, I got sicker and sicker. Valentine's Day is less than romantic around here with me sneezing, coughing, etc. After I spike a fever or >101 I decided that P90X would have to wait a bit.

I am sooo mad. I never get sick ... and yes even though I know it makes no sense, part of me feels like a failure. Part of me feels that if I cannot do what I promise, then I should pick a new date and start over. Unfortunately, that would result in bad eating for the days until then. Yes part of me realizes that all or nothing is not the way to go here. And yet, the other part of me does not want to throw todays good day and good choices away.

Is is possible... am I getting my head on straight? Its not all or nothing, its about making good choices! And just because I am sick and cant do P90X does NOT give me a license to eat whatever I want. Thinking THAT is unhealthy!

So thanks to you guys (and your increased accountability knowing that you were looking for my contributions) I am officially back ...

My weigh in this morning was 252.6 (down a couple from last week, but still up from prior to January).
Oh and PS. I love you all so much!!

Day 6? Recap, Weigh In

Weight's the same 206.6. I've done really well with food, even at my Valentine's lunch today. I wanted to order a burger really badly, but I got some tilapia instead and it was extremely delicious. I drank water, and had one cupcake for dessert. Yay me. I also did my Shed today, and I rollerbladed, and I ran!! And now I'm exhausted.
I am going to have to go back to the 3 lb weights for a while though. I literally couldn't move my arms by the end of the workout this morning. I just don't think I'm ready for 5 lbs. I'm a wuss.

weigh in day

when we started last week, i was at 204/202.  204 was the day meredith emailed me and i had had chinese buffet the day before.  so i was very much in need of something.  202 was the first day after i counted my calories.  so i'm going with it as my starting weight since the 204 was probably just undigested buffet.

i was down to 198.4 today. i thought that was pretty good considering i have been over my calories the past three days.

yesterday i was overy by 150 cals. today i will be over again :(  j and i went to a local mexican restuarant for valentines day. i had chips/queso and a fajita quesadilla.  i plugged it in to my fitness pal using another restuarants calories for the same meal. i'm sure they are a little differnt but figurd they are close enough.

since i'm already over, tonights dinner will consist of oatmeal again.  i like it bc its low cal but makes me feel full.

i'm also going to start trying to NOT weigh every day. Maybe every other for starters and cut back from there.  I do get obsessed with the number so hopefully backing off will keep me more sane!


My scale is really stupid.  When I first started my journey I weighed more than the scale went up to, and I had to guess.  And the lines are really small and hard to read.  So I thought my starting weight was 272.  Ugh.   But it really might have been 275.  But... either way, a MINIMUM weight loss of 4 pounds since Tuesday when we all started this chapter is pretty freakin' awesome!!  I am so excited!

Jen, thank you so much for mentioning MFP.  I really, really love it.  It is SO easy.  AND I found AnnMarie again!!!  Yay!!

So right now, our house has been hit with the plague.  Jonathan has a cold, I have a bad cold starting, Stephen has a fever, and according to him, this is the "worstest Valentine's Day ever."

So-- another victory to complete the day yesterday?  Sure.
I did NOT eat before I left for rehearsal, and you know what?  I did NOT die of hunger.  I was fine.

But, on my way home I was pretty hungry, so I called my husband to look up calories of things on MFP, but he couldn't figure it out, so I got a nutrition sheet from McDonalds and ended up with a small fry and an angus snack wrap (that was SUPPOSED to be PICKLE-FREE but wasn't. grr.).  And then I still had calories left over, and didn't go over in any of my categories.  (I dont think, anyway!)

A day that had pizza AND mcdonalds, and I was still under my calories.

Awwww yeah.

So the working out is definitely taking a back seat since my chest feels like it has mold in it and my head is perpetually fuzzy.  It is what it is.

I really hope that I start feeling better soon because the weather is supposed to warm up this week!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Well yesterday didn't go so well in the calorie counting department either.  I did good for lunch, then grazed in the hospitality room during the day, and we went to gatti town to celebrate after the meet.  could have only had 3 pieces to stay under my intake but it was more like 5-6.  :(   on a good note i weighed myself this mornign and actually wasn't up after 2 bad days.  wonder what it woudl have been if i had actually been at the calories i needed?

do you all weigh every day or just on mondays? i weigh every day. usually more than once bc our scale willnot give you the same number if you do it back to back.  i do it until i get the same number twice and go with that. 

today we went to ocharleys for lunch. i counted and tracked all my foods.  i have about 200 cals left for dinner tonight but told j i was going to eat oatmeal.  that'll put me about 40 over but that's much better than the hundreds i've been over the past 2 days.


Yikes Jen....
Alright....  here we go, a guilt post in the three minutes I have before I have to leave for rehearsal.
What a day. We got home from church at 3, and I frantically did Valentines cards with Stephen for school and daycare tomorrow.

Okay.. yesterday we had an unplanned trip to a public supper, so I had used a lot more calories than I would have at lunch time.  And I knowingly did NOT pass up the dessert table --  there was hardly any soup left, so I made that choice.   I tracked everything.  Ouch.  But I did it.  It was still under my BMR, so I am feeling okay.

Today is going pretty well. We did pizza hut for lunch, and I had a salad bar, and one and a half pieces of pizza.  When I came home and tracked, I realized that I totally could have had another piece.  But... you know what?  I didn't need it!!!
 That was a victory!

Okay.. I seriously need to go.
And just for the record, taskmaster Jen, you guys WERE holding me accountable... even if I didn't have time to post about it....  :)  I didn't hide my tracker, and I didn't NOT track, and I ..... um...
All progress.

Weigh in tomorrow!

Day 5 Recap

Score major points for yesterday. I tracked all day! I went over my calories (which are 1530) but I stayed under 1700 so I still consider that a major success. Once again, no snacking at night after dinner. And I just drank all kinds of water! Yay.

I took yesterday as a rest day from the Shred, but I did send Jeremy out to WalMart to get me some 5 pound weights. The plan: let my muscles rest for a day and then come back today even stronger, ready to kick some ass!! The actual outcome: The workout kicked my ass instead. Going up to 5 lb weights from 3 lbs is actually A LOT. Go figure. BUT I got it done first thing this morning, so at least it's out of the way and I can check off another day! Off to make my smoothie!

P.S. ........Where is everyone? Aren't we supposed to be keeping each other accountable? I get being busy on the weekend, but come on guys. Our health is depending on us and we need to make it a priority. We HAVE to stay accountable!!!

P.P.S. Jeremy told me last night that I look narrower around my middle!! Maybe  its starting to pay off already, hmm?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 4 recap

Major triumph last night! I picked up a bucket of fried chicken for dinner (that isn't the triumph). I ate a normal portion, and it tasted really really good. And all of a sudden I was SOOO tired, and I just wanted to curl up on the couch and have more chicken, and then maybe 2 or 3 desserts. Because I'm cool like that. But somehow, I don't even know how this happened, I ended up not eating anything else for the rest of the night. And this was at like 6 o clock, so that's amazing for me! To top it off, I ended up doing my Shred, too, even though I had already let myself off the hook and wasn't going to.
I still probably went over my calories, and I still didn't track them all. That is my goal for today: TRACK ALL CALORIES. But it was a major breakthrough. Nice to feel proud for a change.
Today, I'm going to TRACK ALL CALORIES and do my Shred again. Tomorrow, I am taking the day off to let my muscles recover. No Shred on Sundays!! So maybe I'll head out for a run instead...its been a while! I hope all of you guys are doing good. (You better be)(I'm watching you)

Friday disappointment

As I predicted I did go over on my calories but not as bad as i would have done if i had not been counting them at all.  i was about 500-600 calories over. but i have been under the past few days so it sort of all evened out....

It just hit me too that i completely messed up when i was just thinking about what i ateyesterday.  after the meet we went to wendys.  without thinking AT ALL i ordered a frosty.... yes a chocolate one! :(  aw man!  seriously it just now hit me.  can't believe i did that!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 3 recap (confession edition)

So I read on one of the message boards about BMR (basal metabolic rate) and that we should be eating 500 calories LESS than that, then I realized that I had messed something up somewhere!

SO I went back and had MFP reconfigure my plan, and changed my work/lifestyle to sedentary.  Because I am.  Sitting.  Right now.

There are a few classes that I walk around or stand up for, but the most of the time? on my bottom.

So-- with THAT change made, and then changing my projection to aim for losing 1.5 pounds per week, I am now at a 1760 daily calorie goal, which is much more doable.  I was REALLY struggling to find foods that were high enough in calories, and eating when I wasn't hungry, just to hit my goals.  *facepalm*

Glad I figured it out before too long!

So now, since I didn't figure out all this stuff until AFTER I had eaten my mega almost 700 calorie breakfast (oatmeal with pb and brown sugar) -- which by the way made me so full I felt like I could easily hibernate- I now have significantly less calories for the rest of the day.  But, maybe that's a good thing.

I'll figure it out!

On another note... It is FRIGGING COLD HERE!  It was -6 and -8 in some places on the way to work.  I pass a little cove, and the steam from the water being warmer than the air was rising THIRTY FEET into the air!!  It was beautiful!  But....  *brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!*


Day 3 recap

Sigh. I'm really struggling with food. I make good choices throughout the day and then screw it up starting late afternoon/ early evening.
Breakfast: Green smoothie and FiberOne Bar
Lunch: Chinese out with a classmate. I had a piece of baked tilapia, steamed rice, and some chinese chicken and broccoli (mostly broccoli). I also had 3 pieces of a California roll and 1 fried wonton (my friend wanted me to try it as I had never had one.) I had some orange sections and a little pineapple too, plus my fortune cookie.
Snacks: McDonald's apple pie, some chocolate animal crackers, and another Fiber One bar.
Dinner: We made sub sandwiches. I "scooped" my bread (not for the calorie savings, I just like it better that way) and had genoa salami, provolone, lettuce and tomato with balsamic dressing on Italian bread. I also had some Ruffles chips and some french onion dip.
This is all bad enough, but then while watching American Idol I remembered that my next door neighbor had doughnuts. And I went over there and ate TWO with a cup of milk.

So I really REALLY sucked with the food, but I'm going to try to balance that out today. I was ashamed to even write that all down, but I guess that its a step in the right direction that I did? On the plus side, I did Day 3 of the Shred and walked around a lot.

Today so far, I've had my smoothie and some high fiber oatmeal and a large glass of water. I'm going to check in tonight and report how I did with food today, so hopefully that will give me some motivation to do better!!

P.S. I changed the blog layout because this one seems to look better with the weight loss tickers. If you guys don't like it, feel free to change it back or to whatever you want...its just a suggestion to fit the tickers in!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hi Ladies! I am so honored to be part of this group... I hope we can all kick eachothers butts, and all reach our goals. I for one definately need to be kicked in the butt when it comes to food and choices, as well as tracking. I need this weekend to catch up on schoolwork from being gone for 9 days, but I am promising you that I will be in starting February 14th ... no excuses.

As an appetizer, here are my goals ...

1. Track all calories on MFP, even on the days when I might not make the best choices. Just be honest and move on and stop stressing about everything.
2. Continue with running and training for the next half marathon
3. Start a modified version of P90X starting on Monday evening
4. When doing homework ...close ALL websites. Allow self a break every 45 minutes to check websites, facebook, MFP, etc.
5. Spend 10 minutes after arriving home from work cleaning soemthing every day

Okay it might not sound like much, but it is big for me. When school and work are in line, then I have the time to focus on myself (and yes I know myself should come first).
I will be weighing in on Monday morning!


Crystal's day:

I put a ticker up on the side to show my weight loss.  Mer and Jen I think you can go into design and add your own too under mine. we can change the title to reflect which one is first, second, and third.

1/2 cereal bar - 70 cals

3 pieces of white wheat bread - 150 cals
chicken salad - 210

cereal bar - 140 cals

Fridays's Meals Fajitas - 450 cals
peanut butter granola bar - 150

total - 1170/1200 - under 30 for the day

Today I biked on the exercise bike for 16 min and ran on the treadmill for 25 minutes.

tomorrow is going to be hard to count calories bc i will be gone at an away meet all day where there will be a potluck for lunch.  i dont like when i am dieting and have to rely on others for food especially without knowing the calories and such.

Day 2 recap

I consider yesterday a success, but it definitely could have been better. I drank all of my green smoothies and did good on water. I pigged out for lunch on Little Caesar's and we went out for Chinese for dinner. But I didn't really eat THAT much at dinner, and I didn't snack last night. Ok, so writing it down it doesn't really seem that successful. BUT it was a major improvement from the past couple of weeks, and I don't feel like a total failure so I'll take it.

I did the 30 Day Shred yesterday for the second day in a row. I really love that DVD but WOW I CAN"T MOVE RIGHT NOW. I am determined to do it again today as well, but it will have to wait until later as my leg muscles aren't working this morning. I'm really excited about the change that I KNOW is going to take place in 30 days.

Also yesterday I bought a scale to replace the one that got fried when my downstairs flooded. I was nervous about weighing in this morning because I haven't done that for 2 weeks and I didn't want to see the damage. But it wasn't awful...206.6. Still, that's a 5 pound gain from my lowest weight in December. I'm a little discouraged.

Gotta get ready for my day!

Day 2 Recap, and Day 3 beginning

Yesterday Jonathan was sick, and so was my husband, so rather than doing the come home from school early thing, I just stayed home entirely.  It made the food thing pretty easy, but the exercise thing a little more challenging.  I am thrilled that I got at least one workout in (leslie sansone walking with running in place instead) before that decision was made.

My breakfast was so filling that I did not need a snack at all until lunchtime.  (I know that if I was at school, my routine would have made me hungry like clockwork at 10:15!)  It was oatmeal and peanut butter (with some brown sugar too) and it tasted like a nature valley granola bar, but better, because I didn't feel like my  teet were going to break when I took a bite!

Dinner was a bit.... umm.... not the healthiest, but so yummy, and I stayed within my calories (but went wayyyy over in fat)  -- bratwursts with sauteed onions.  Mhhmmmm.

And even with that, I still had a nice calorie deficit at the end of the day.

Oh --- the best part of yesterday (and perhaps the reason for no morning snack) was the two hour snuggle nap with my baby boy!  It was so awesome!!

Today is starting off great, too!
I did the WHOLE video (30 Day Shred) today!  I know why it is so much harder this time....  When I first did it over the summer, I had been working out regularly using the Wii Ea Sports Active.  And then I started 30 Day Shred with 2 lb weights.  Right now I started again after doing NOTHING for way too long, and used my 3 lb weights.  WHOA Nellie.  Now I am blogging and have to get ready for school.
 Have a great day, Ladies!  I am LOVING this.  We are each doing what we need to help us stay on track, and it is SO WORKING for me!!!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

monday 2/9

today was day 1 of new goals/weight watching/counting calories. 

using the myfitnesspal and lose it aps, i put in my info. based on current weight, goal weight and wanting to lose 2 pounds per week.  one said i needed to eat 1200 calories, while the other said 1300.  after reading rust belt runner's post a few days ago she had found that women should not eat under 1200 period.  so i was a little concerned that 1200-1300 was too few.

Mer said to go to the actual myfitnesspal website and find out what my bmr is and that our calories shouldnt go under that. well it said 1585?!?!?!  Now i dont know what to do!!!

today was not a great day variety wise but i did stay under my calories. here's how it shaped up
7am - venti carmel brulee from starbucks - 300 cals
10am - cinamon crunch bagel with lowfat hazelnut cream cheese from panera 500 cals
9pm - cheeseburger from mcdonalds. 300 cals
total cals - 1100 (under the 1200)

so let me explain how this broke down:
 we had to be at a dr's appt an hour from our house at 8am this morning.  we worked til midnight last night, so i needed a pick me up to get me going.

the bagel was with my hubby while meeting my bil, sil, and neice.

mcdonalds was definitly NOT the plan.  in fact i went to subway first but they were closing early at 9pm, bc of the snow we had gotten/were getting!  I hadn't eaten since 10am so i was starving! i have also decided to boycott subway for a while.  just 2 weeks ago when i went they were out of every thing (bread, meat, veggies).  so they are going to have to earn my trust back before i eat there again.

there was no exercise today. once we got home we both crashed and took a nap before going in to work tonight.  i do plan on running on the treadmill tomorrow, or maybe even venture outside to run in the snow.

Jennifer's Goals

Ok, so I'm a day late, but what else is new? I'm so excited about this, you guys! Here are my goals for right now. Let me know what you think.

-To drink my green smoothies EVERY DAY
-To do the 30 Day Shred EVERY DAY for 30 days
-To drink more water (this is something I'm really bad at)
-To track my calories on MFP every day and stay within goal

I was thinking of posting goals of what I should not do (i.e., to NOT eat my weight everyday in chocolate cake). BUT I find that I respond much better when I have something positive to work for instead of spending the day just trying to restrain myself from my baser instincts. mentioned eating more calories to lose weight? I have my MFP currently set on 1200 calories. Do you think that I should up it? I haven't really been tracking lately, but I know that I'm failing miserably at staying under 1200 for the day.

Ok, so I'm with Crystal about the Monday weigh ins. I think that's the best way to stay on track over the weekends. What do you guys think? Will this get me cruise-ready?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Accountability Contracts

Alright Ladies!
I don't know about you, but just making the decision to do something, and to be REAL about it (knowing that you guys were going to hold me to it) has made a big difference!

I did the 30 Day Shred yesterday, and half of it today.  (I was too sore to finish and Jonathan (Cuddle Bug) was not too thrilled with my attention being diverted from him!)  BUT I did do a one mile Leslie Sansone walking audio.  And instead of walking, I ran in place!  That felt awesome.  My legs are definitely feeling it.

And lets talk about food, shall we?

Good decisions all around today!
Crystal, if you aren't using MyFitnessPal, you really, really should be.  It is awesome -- I downloaded the app for my iPod touch, and it is slick to use, too!

Oh yeah:
Breakfast - Trader Joes everything bagel with cream cheese.
Snack (or Lunch #1) at 10:00 - chicken stir fry, with brown rice
Lunch (# 2) at 12:30 - salad
Snack at 3:30 - an Everything bagel, plain, not even toasted. I was STARVING.
Dinner - frozen California blend veggies with yummy chicken seasoned with garlic and cayenne. YUM and then some shredded cheddar on top.  SO DELISH!
Snack at 7:00 only because I was getting one for my son - a piece of canadian white bread.  I almost put peanut butter on it, but then I looked at the nutrition label.  I totally could have done it though--
it is 10:00 pm and....

Now how the HECK am I supposed to eat 500 calories between now and um... 11?
We have ice cream...  I suppose I could go have that PB and bread now!  Ha!

And I know.... look at my goal calories.  2190.  Crazy.  BUT-- when I was following a much more restrictive plan, I wasn't losing weight AT ALL.  So....  I am willing to give this a try.  It's easier to start with more, then to ADD more when you haven't been losing weight.  I was terrified to add more calories to see if that would work... and then... hmm. I got so burnt out of the whole darn scenario, that I decided to just eat.  (And EAT.)

So... Day #1 for me?
Success.  :)

Let me know how you all are doing!!

crystal's goals

*To lose 60 pounds and to keep it off! 
-This has been my struggle in the past. I can get the weight off but I gained it back.  This last time more so than before.  However, now I'm struggling to lose it period.  Part of that is all in my head.  My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 2 years. For some reason when we are "trying" I can not lose weight.  This summer, we took a break and i was able to lose 20 pounds.  At the end of August we started trying again, and that 20 pounds found it's way back to me! :(

*Eat healthier
-Jeremy and I both work second shift. I get an hour for dinner, he gets 30 minutes. We both go home so we can see each other.  I get home first so i can fix something quick for the two of us.  Usually it's a frozen pizza, a Friday's frozen meal or we go out to eat.  We have a lot of subway parking lot dates.  For lunch, either we go out to eat or he fixes it bc I go to my part time job in the morning right before lunch time.  His repotoire of cooking usually entails a Fridays meals, burgers, hot dogs, or hamburger helper.  I need to start fixing stuff in the crockpot so we can eat better and it will be ready when we come home for dinner.

*Make exercise a habit not a chore.
-Yes, I exercise more than most, but it's still not something I HAVE to do! it's something i know i need to do, and something i feel guilty for when i dont do it. but i dont have that desire to go run just to go run. 

I'm sure i'll add more to this list but this is what i have for now.

I will weigh in on mondays and post whether i'm up or down. starting tomorrow i plan on posting what i eat everyday to help me keep track and accountable for what i am putting in my mouth.