Sunday, October 2, 2011

So, yesterday was my daughter's birthday party. It was wonderful. Plus Kmart here had an awesome sale. The icing on th

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October 2, 2011- 182.0 lbs.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I (Heart) ZUMBA!

So, things have been going REALLY well diet wise. Monday was my indulge day... seeing as I had a piece of cheesecake and a glass of Mascato. I havent been the best about logging it, cause I can't text at work. But either way... It's the workouts that have made this week... FUNtastic.


Tuesday- 30 min ab workout (AM)
Wednesday- 1 hour freestyle gym (PM)
Thursday- 20 min Eliptical (AM) and 1 hour Zumba

I love ZUMBA... I was so glad to find it here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow


Brianna took this picture. She's so talented.


Well, folks, when I decide to cut calories, I usually decide to cut one other thing... my hair. Yeah, I know some of you think its crazy. You may be wondering why. Honestly, it has more to do with the hard water here drying my hair out than anything. But, everytime I do it I feel more free... more ready to take on the world. Knowing that I am strong enough and confident enough to wack my hair off and keep it moving... is like an energizer. Does everybody like it? No. But that's not what matters. What matters is that I can get my workout on without worrying about sweating out my perm or missing up my do. I can get up and go to work without spending 30 minutes on my hair (which means more time for the workout). I love being foot loose and fancy free.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Walk at Home GIVEAWAY

Okay folks, as you can tell, I have a lot of time on my hands today. I could be doing lots of other things right now, but I'm not. I'm pouring my focus into my blog to make it worth the valuable time you spend looking at it. And along with that I'm viewing other people's blogs to get inspiration and ideas. Well, I luck up a great way to amp up your blog presented by Diaries of a Fat Girl blogger. She posts giveaways on her website to get people viewing and following her page. It's a really neat idea cause everybody loves freebies. You can get all of the information about her Walk at Home GIVEAWAY simply by clicking the link below.


I'm in the process of entering now. The giveaway ends Sept 27th, so hurry. :)

Weighing in at...


This is were I'm at Now. It feels good to be making some headway. I still have 25 lbs to lose on my mental weight loss meter. Of course, if I get there and go... Oh, my goodness I need to make a change, I will. But I'm soooo optimistic. I've lost 34lbs already, I can lose it again.

Back and Better Than Ever

So, I was gone for a minute, but I'm back now.

For those of you who don't know I moved back to Florida to be closer to my family. I've been here for about a month and half. And it's taken some getting used to. Initially I was eating what they were eating, staying at home trying to get things in order, and rest from the hectic days of traveling and unpacking. I wasn't getting my regular workouts in. I was also eating out with my husband alot (trying out all of the fine Keys cuisine and a few cocktails as well). And, the beat all, they don't have a Family Y within 20 miles of here. :o(

So, last Sunday morning I got up and stepped on the scale. It read 190.7lbs. Back in the 190's... Oh, Heck No! That was the turning point. I went shopping for all the healthy fair I needed to get myself back on track... fresh fruits and veggies, chicken breasts, tofu, salmon, rice cakes, and almonds. Every morning I have a Shakeology Shake (a healthy meal replacement or snack provided by my Beach Body Coach) for breakfast. I started taking salads and grilled chicken for lunch everyday. Dinners are much of the same: steamed or raw veggies; chicken, tofu, or fish; and some complexed carbohydrate like brown rice. I have 2 snacks a day and 1 dessert is allowed (I Love Weight Watcher's ice creams).  And that's my diet. Oh... I almost forgot... Lots and Lots of water.

And as for exercise, I had been walking/jogging about 3 times a week for the past 3 weeks, but this week I turned it up a knotch. I've gone to Karate and worked myself into a wrestling training session on a couple of evenings. That's all due to the fact that my brother is a martial arts instructor and has his own dojo. Plus I still do my walk/ jogs and throw in a little dance fitness in the morning when I wanna switch it up. I feel so much better after I work out. That's why I love working out right when I wake up. It helps set the tone for my entire day.

Well, folks, there you have it. That's me getting it back together... Relocated.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

On Vacation

So folks, I've been in and out of Augusta since the 20th of June. I spent time in Florida and now I'm in VA. I've been doing. Great with working out... better when I'm out of town than when I'm at home actually. While in Florida, I usually worked out this my sister. We did kickboxing, walked/jogged around the park, and did more crunches/sittups than I like to recall. Here in VA I'm up every morning walking around the lake in Danielle's subdivision. It's pretty, aside from the hissing geese and the occasional loose dog. However, I'm eating much better here in VA than I did in FL. Something about home makes me feel like I can each what everyone else is eating and not worry about it. Ha! Here, I'm back on fruits, veggies, nuts, and chicken. Diet Green Tea, Protein Drinks, and water. Speaking of water... I'm gonna go grab a glass. Buh-bye

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Keeping it Real

So, folks, here's what's been going on. I've been working the Elimination Diet since Monday. It's been going good. Usually it's fruit or a smoothie for breakfast. Lunch and dinner is all about fish or poultry with veggies. Snacks come before and after lunch and were usual fruit or triscuits. For the past 2 days I've had a mini dark chocolate bar with a banana for my sweet fix.

However...

Last night was... less than perfect. Shonda came over for a visit (which I truly enjoyed) and I stayed up super late... which lead to some late night snacking on cookies and milk. Still, I'm not going to beat myself up or look at this as a diet downfall. Because good eating is all about a lifestyle change, I will make allowances for indulges like Oreo cookies with milk. The key it to limit these indulges. My sister days that per Karen, her Beach Body Coach, she has one splurge meal a week. Now, I don't know the science of it all, but it's all about keeping up her body's fat busting potential.

And...

Today is back to normal. A smoothie for breakfast, apple for a snack, a salad with grilled fish for lunch, and a light veggie stir fry with grilled fish for dinner.

Oh, and working out has been going swimmingly. I've walked/jogged everyday this week. And that was while I was in class. Now, there's no class and I'll be on the go for the summer. So, I think next up, you'll be hearing about my eating on the go and on vacation. Wish me luck. :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Recovery

I titled this post Recovery because I have come to the conclusion that up until yesterday, I had Relapsed. And the clear sign of my relapse was getting on the scale and seeing 189... 189... are you serious? That was 10 lbs up from my lowest. NO WAY! Uh, yes way. And so... I was brought to the crushing reality that, YES, I had relapsed. I'd slipped back into the habits that put me on this journey to begin with. So, now... as of Sunday afternoon, I'm back on track... again. My exercise, my eatting, and my mindset. It's not easy... especially with the class I'm in. Everyday 2 or 3 people are responsible for bringing in snacks and everyday the snacks are a 1 or a 2 on the healthy scale of 0-10. So, today, I brought my own snacks. I only have 2 days left of this class and I could waited to get back on track, but why... so I could be 13 lbs heavier. I think not... Already the scale is changing for the better. It now shows 186.6... Water weight sure... but it's still weight. And... what am I doing exactly... Here's a list:

  1. The elimination diet... Fruits, veggies (low carb), fish, poultry.
  2. Lots more water
  3. Diet drinks (cola and green tea)
  4. Almond milk
  5. Exercise 20-30 minutes everyday of something you enjoy and mix it up.
  6. Relaxation and meditation
  7. Gauge your hunger (Ask yourself, "Am I really hungry?")
  8. Don't go long stretches without eating anything (2-3 hours max)
  9. Portion control. Less really is more... More healthy, that is. 
  10. And the one I'm not quite following right now... go to bed on time (but I just had to write this all down)
Well, folks... that's about it. Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fake it til you make it

So, I really wasn't feeling working out after being in class from 8:30- 3:15. )Now I know how my students feel at the end of the day.) I just wanted to go home and crash out. Problem was I'd told a friend we'd work out today and I told the kids I'd take them swimming. Well, the friend texted, "Are you still going?" That small text was just the nudge I needed. I got to the gym and though my friend wasnt there yet, I worked out for 15 minutes on the thredmill doing walk 2 min and run 2 min alternating. Once she got there we went to zumba for 30 min. After that I took the kids to the pool. I even got in and played around a bit in the water. It was great. By the end I was telling Shonda (who joined us out there) that I'd had fun. I was glad I'd went... though I had to drag my butt out there. Like my daddy always says, fake it til you make it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Have Been Convicted

So, my sister says to me today, "I was catching up on your blog and I've noticed you haven't weighed-in in a while." Ohhhh... you got me... Yep... she called me on it. Put it out there when other people were probably thinking it, but just didn't say it. That's what sisters are for, right? Yeah, at least MY sister. So, this is what I told her... Friday, I will weigh-in. Come hell or high water... I will put it out there. I hadn't been because I hadn't been showing any progress. But... oh well, gotta pay the piper. This journey wasn't meant to be easy and you were meant to see my successes and my failures (well, not failures... lessons). But anyway, stay tuned...  I'm working out regularly... AGAIN. I went to the gym with one friend at 5pm and did 40 minutes of elliptical and some weight machines. I left there and a bit later met Shonda to do a Cardio Dance class. I aint good for breakfast and lunch. But dinner was chinese. I was semi-healthy with that, but I've got to do better. I'm going to start my elimination diet again on Monday. That's what jump started my weight loss the first go round. Time to do it, and do it right... again. Well, that's if for now. Supposed to hit the Y tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday... it's on the schedule. And I think I'm going to get back into my Kick butt sunday class. Join me if you like.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let's play Catchup...

So, I know it's been a while since I posted, but it doesn't mean I haven't been getting my groove back. It just means I've been slack on the blogging thing and for that, I apologize.  I can definately recall events as far back as Thursday. On Thursday I went walking with TK. Then on Friday I went to the gym in Wrens with Shonda where we did weight machines, the elliptical, and a little bit of step. Saturday I went talking with TK. And on Sunday I went to church... House cleaning was my official workout for the day. Monday I went to the gym with Shonda to do a Zumba class. And tonight was a toning class with Shonda. I'm scheduled to go to the gym with a friend at 4:30 and them I'm to hit the gym again at 7:30 with Shonda for cardio dance. I told Shonda that I had to adjust my weight by my birthday goal because I've been sitting at this weight for a while now. So, since my birthday is July 14th, my goal is to lose 12 lbs by my birthday. Totally reasonable if I keep my butt in gear. I'm excited and Shoda wont let me forget. I think I need to take a page out of the biggest loser book and write it on my arm. Let's see, when I weight the other morning I was at 183. So that would put me at 171. I like that. I wasn't that small while I was in the military. So, if you see me, online or in person, please encourage me. Send up prayers and join me in this. I want to be better and healthier. I want that for all of us.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day 125: So many hot dates... so little time

Okay... so, I need to clarify my title before somebody tells my husband. By hot dates, I mean scheduled fitness outtings outdoors with friends. :) TK and I walked earlier this week and then again today. She keeps track of the distance and according to her we did 4 miles. That was this evening. This morning I walked my dog in the neighborhood next door. That was a 20 minute outting. Then I mowed our lawn... Now this was no normal thing. Because our mower is not gas powered or electric powered. It is man powered. The old school mower from like the 50's. I love it. It's environmentally friendly and one heck of a workout. So... I figure... I got three workouts today, which makes up for the slice of cheese cake I has last night and today. ;) So, with the school year over, I'm feeling a real boost to workout and I have 4 people who have all planned to workout with me. One likes going to the Y and hitting the threadmills. TK likes walking the nearby track. Shonda wants to try some of the classes at the Y. And Katrina will do anything the Y has to offer. Plus, I look forward to getting out there with Shelly, Andrea, and anybody else that will put up with me. Cilla's getting her groove back one date at a time.  

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 122: Getting back into it... Slowly but surely

So... yesterday I got on my elliptical while watching the biggest loser for 30min. Today I went walking at the park with my good friend TK. We did 3 miles. I'm planning on doing 4 more miles tomorrow. Last day of school is tomorrow and though I lave a little post planning... I'm feeling ready to get my groove back. I'll be in the gym again on Monday with one friend and I've got plans to walk with a few throughout the summer. I don't mind if I work out 2 times a day... that's what they do on the Biggest Loser...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 119: Learning me

Okay, So... I haven't been as discipline as I'd like to be lately. But it doesn't mean I'm not learning. I've think I've discovered every possible trigger known to man. Here are a few:

1.)  PMS- I don't need cramps or bloating to tell me when that time is approaching. I just need to stop and think... Have I tried to eat olives, ice cream, and wine? Am I in the mood for chicken, pork, beef, fish... and huh, I wonder what would happen if I mashed them all together baked, fried, smothered and covered them. Yeah,... it's that time.

2.) Finances (or lack there of)- Oh, yeah... when funds get low. The calories get high. See, a couple of things take place. Thing one- though healthy eating is less expensive when you take into account medical bills and dieting costs. However, when funds get low it gets harder to look at the long term saving as opposed the the short time low costs of canned and prepackaged foods. Thing two- being low on funds is... depressing... and what do most people do when they are depressed? They eat comfort foods.

3) Stress- Okay, um... with high stakes tests and high strung kids, I could say I have a little stress in my life. I a recently found myself in a nail-bitting moment eating everything but the kitchen sink.

4) Busy schedule- Last week more than any, I recall having long 5-6 hour stretches between meals and on those days I'd never get full once I started eating. Talk about starvation mode.

So, that's not all, but it's definately enough. So, I have to do a better job of eating on time stress free on a budget even when my "friend" is in town. I'll definately let you know how that goes. :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 114: Bad day for the Belly

Okay... Today was an awesome day for my spirit... but a bad day for the belly. I started out okay, and my school lunch was just peachy... but... I got a graduation gift that I did not resist. It was a pineapple pound cake from Shonda. And it was soooo good. I had 2 slices. So, tomorrow... I will bust my butt to get back on track. Keep me accountable. Keep me motivated. Keep me in your prayers. I love you ladies.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 113: Really back to "normal"

So, I thought the end of classes was the end of it all, but I still had to graduate. That meant I had to get my grad gear, prepare my home for guests, and do all of the other things I had been putting off. So, now all of that is done. I graduated yesterday with my Masters of Education. Yeppie and now I can get back to more "normal". I'm back to logging my meals, exercise, and daily experiences.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 106: Back to... Normal???

Well, I don't have class at night anymore... I graduate on this coming Monday. And I've been doing some things that I haven't done in a while. I went to bed before 10:00 last night. I went for a fantastic morning walk. I've stayed stocked up on fruits and veggies. And though there are alot of things that are normal in my life, this is as close to normal as I think I can get. Definately check out my food journal. It looks pretty good. I'm headed in the right direction and I have alot of support. I love my life. Now, I just want to live it to the fullest. I want to be health enough to do anything? No worry about being out of breath, tired, in pain, or defeated. I'm on my way there...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 104: You make me do better

Well folks, I have posts all of my meals for today and I must say, Not bad. Honestly, everytime I got ready to eat something I said to myself, I have to post this on my blog. So, that thought kept me from eating the cinnamon roll and having a glass of chocovino. I mean, there will be times when I wont be perfect. But trust me, I couldn't bring myself the sit down and type a binge. I'd be like... Gina's going to read this, and my co-workers and friends. It helps to hold me accountable. And the best part is, it's easy. I just text my meals from my phone to blogger. So I can do it on my lunch break or while I'm out to dinner.
And Darrisaw reminded me that we have a white party coming up and I must look my absolute best. So we are going to up or vegetable intake and be faithful with the food journal, for at least the next 3 weeks.
Feel free to check out what I'm eating and make any suggestions you think will help. Live long and Prosper.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 103: I'm all Ears

So, I received a suggestion from a co-worker/friend on facebook that I should keep a food journal. And trust me, I take what you say to heart.  I have done food journaling from time to time, but I usually slack of due to forgetting the journal here, there, and everywhere. Well, I decided that I would try it again. But this time I will do it via blogger.com. I have set up a new blog, but I will use it simply as a link on my current blog to view my food journal. So, I'm not quite finished with the connection. But once I'm finished, I'll be able to text my meals to blogger and have them posted. How easy is that, right? Then you can view what I'm eating. No more dirty little dessert secrets. I'm putting it all out there. Keep it out tomorrow and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 100: State of the Union... that is my mid section

Well, seeing as I am 100 days in, I figure I should take a look back to see what has happened and where I am.

What I Have Accomplished
When I started this blog on January 17th I weighed 190 lbs. At my last weigh-in i was down to 181.6. Now granted people... I did not post my weigh-in from Monday (being under the weather definately took it's toll). But that's a loss of 8.4 lbs. Now I have not met my goal of losing 4 lbs per month, still it's actually round 3 lbs per month. Not bad.

I did do my 5k just last Saturday. And I plan on doing another before July.

What I Have Yet to Do:
I have not yet embraced the whole food concept. I want to. But the processed stuff is so easy. I believe I'll have to tackle this one once school lets out. Goal start date 5-25-11

I also have not signed up for bootcamp yet. I tried to. But they had already closed the session. Still I also said this one was better to wait on. I had to let it warm up and it will be better if I don't have to get to work right after a 5:00-6:30 class. :o)

Now I know what the president feels like. You make all of these promises and some of them fall through. But fortunately for me, I have a team of fabulous women on my side that don't beat me up or defect when things don't go as planned. I am so motiviated by all of the kind words, successes, and absolute positivity.

And ladies, I am already running for re-election as your President of Blog. :o) So, I'm asking that you do not hold anything that I said during my original campaign against me.AND I am changing my motto from "Yes we can" to "Be Patient"

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 97: Can't Wait for Summer

So, it's been tough this week. You know I was struggling early on due to being "under the weather". I felt better as the week progressed, but I'm still not at a hundred percent. But I'm muchhhh better. Still, I didn't eat as healthy as I would have liked. Birthday party saturday evening and Easter cook out today. :oP

I just keep longing for school to be out so I can let being fit and spending time with my family be the focus for a bit. I love being a teacher... and I especially love my summers. Only 4 more weeks to go.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 96: The 5K

So, it's official. I've done my first official 5k. Now by official, I mean, because 1) I wanted to do it. It wasn't while I was in the military. 2) I registered, signed in, and and completed it at an official event. Granted I've probably walked that far before. But this was real. I was out there with alot of other people with the same goal in mind... the finish line. So, that's one goal off make 2011 List. Well, I don't know if I can exactly take it off. I actually need to adjust it, because my next 5k will be a run. I'll keep you posted on that as soon as I can find an upcoming on in the area.
Here's me just starting out on the trail.
Here's Olmstead Lake. It was beautiful and cool.
All of the other walkers out on the trail.
My first official T-shirt. I look forward to many more to come.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 92: Under the weather

Okay, folks, I'm not feeling so hot today. For fear of providing TMI, I wont say what's wrong... but I'm not fit for function today. So, I have no workout updates. I ate pretty well today (all things considered). I'll probably be in ill repair for the next few days... So I will focus on my diet and do what physical activity I can. No work on Friday... Yeppie! It's just what the doctor ordered, especially since that 5K is Saturday and I plan on doing it, even if it kills me. ;o)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 91: Hanging Tough

So, folks, I'm holding steading. But it's all good... No pain, no gain. And no gain, no gain... :o) I can't wait to get through testing and this last couple of weeks of April. I am supposed to graduate on May 9th... pending all of the assignments that have been due as of late. School work has been robbing me of workout time. I'm still making it happen, but trust me, not to the extent that I would like. But I will celebrate this +0 unlike those ungrateful people on the biggest loser, and I will vow to do better next week. Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 89: It wasn't me

It wasn't me. The schedule made me do it.

You know I had been doing really good and
BAM!
Along come 2 of the biggest feel fit sabators ever...
PMS and a messed up schedule.

So, yesterday PMS already had me bloated and feeling quite blah, but I maintained good eating habits first thing in the morning. HOWEVER, yesterday was a big testing day at school and during testing there is NO FOOD in the classroom. So I was unable to have my mid morning snack with minimizes my lunchtime munch. Well, once the test was over there were still donuts left from the morning, so I had one. I ate the school food for lunch and made it through to the end of the day, but I stayed late trying to straighten up my classroom. So, when I got home I was starved and I ate the first thing I saw, pizza. NO Veggies. NO Fiber. Just Pizza. Am I bummed.... NOOO.... Cause I've been kicking butt.

Wanna know what I'm going to do about it... I'm going to better prepare myself for the change to my schedule. I'm going to eat a super healthy and filling snack just before testing starts. I'm going to take an extra snack for the end of the day so I don't have a long stretch between lunch and dinner were I'm not eating... because when that happens, I revert to my old ways of being the Snack Master. :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 87: I'm veggies, fish, and poultry...

You are what you eat, right? Well, then I'm veggies, fish, and poultry, cause that's what I've been eating lately. Here are some photos of my fantastic meals.

Salmon, stir"fried" vegetables, and a baked sweet potato


Taco salad made with ground turkey, black bean and corn salsa, and guacamole... a little cheese and an lot of plain ol' lettuce. YUM!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 86: Reflection

So, I was thinking today, Spring Break really did help revive my fitness life. I had a lot of stress free time to focus on what's right for my body. I got alot of support from friends and family... and I got rest. The wonderful thing about it is that those habits have found their way into this week. I've been bringing lunch to school, cooking healthier meal choices, and working out daily... AND even better, It shows. BONUS*** All of this success just makes me what to do it harder and longer. (Oh, Dear!)  :o)
And I can not forget to mention the people who have been going at this with me. Shelley and I are going walking tomorrow evening at Diamond Lakes Park, by the way. I love it!
So, Please keep supporting me. I'll be on the River again this weekend. Not sure what time yet, but I will post it. Hope to see you then.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 85: Sweating? Really?!?

So, I believe I've said it before, but here's my proof. I used to think that I didn't sweat. I mean, ask some of my friends and they'll tell you... it's rare. But for some reason, this elliptical machine really does it to me. It has six different programed exercises for you to shoose from. All of them are 30 minutes and all of them kick my butt. I'm not there huffing and puffing, feeling like a pack a day smoker. But at the end I am fully energized and feeling successful. The display shows a nice calorie burn (whether it's accurate, I don't know) and the distance (the total number of revolutions of the pedal).
I love this machine!!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weigh-in 4-11-11

Well, It's moving in the right direction 181.2 lbs.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 83: Fuel Up

So, I was talking to a friend this morning and most of the conversation revolved around food. She started the Atkins diet this morning and had to start out making choices about what to eat. I, on the other hand, was in the kitchen making breakfast for myself and the family. One thing really stood out though, it was the way we viewed food. We both talked about how its important for food to taste good in order for us to be happy. Now on the surface, this may not sound like a very profound statement, however there's much more too it. I mean, think about it... eating is a necessity. It's something we must do for our bodies everyday in order for it to keep going. Kind of like using the bathroom or sleeping. And when you think of our ancestors, I mean, back to the cave man, none of these things envolved much pomp and circumstance. You pooped where it wouldn't be detected, ate what grew or what you caught, and slept on a make shift bed. But things, as did people, evolved... now our bathrooms are climate controled and fragrant, our beds are big and plush, and our meals elaborate and tasty. Hummm... So what I'm I trying to say. I think the caveman diet is not such a bad idea. No, I'm not talking about the one that someone threw together and made a book about. I'm talking about the real thing. I'm talking about eating because it's fuels you up without worrying about how wonderful it taste. Now, I'm not saying eat grass and mud pies. I'm saying if you have to choose between the fatfree variety that doesn't taste as good or the full fat version, go for the fatfree. And if you want something sweet you can always choose the mango over the candy bar. Eat what fuels your body and be happy because you were good to yourself. That will be my focus for today.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 81: Rest Easy

Shelly, Dixie, Tomekia, and kids joined me for a nice walk on the river.

Well, today I had an up close and personal look at one of the best perks to getting fit... REST! Today I took some of my students to the park. I played on the playground equipment with my little ones. It wasn't for a very long time, but I was tired when it was all said and done. We were all exhausted. The boys napped in the car and when we got home, we took a 30 minute nap before heading to the Riverwalk. Once there we were joined by the rest of our GET FIT CREW with kids in tow. We spent a bit of time at the playground first. The kids were able to run around and burn some excess energy. Then we walked along the shade by the river. I brought scooters for my little men, hoping that it would make it easier for them to keep up. No such luck. Well, for the older boys they took turns and zoomed ahead of us. But for my littlest man, he fell back at every turn. I even ended up carrying him for a while (til he bit me cause he wanted to get down. OUCH!). Still all in all it was a nice walk. We had excellent conversation as usual. And I promise you, we will all rest easy tonight. (And yes, especially the kids!)

Day 80: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

"Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome" is a saying that has been used by the fire fighters, law enforcement, and military for years. And it's all about making it happen no matter what. We all do it every day at home, at work, with friends and family.
Well, today, I was supposed to go for a morning walk with one of my friends, but she ended up under the weather. Well, I decided that getting out early that morning just wasn't for me and before you know it the day had almost pasted me by. I looked up and it was 5pm. Knowing that not working out was NOT an option, I got out doors with my boys.  We went outside and raced on the scooters. Then we jumped on the trampoline and played Ninja Turtles. It was fun. I had more QT with my little ones AND I got my fit on. It was all about improvising today. Plan A went out the window, but Plan B took it's place.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 78: T-Ball is Exercise

Today I went walking the track at Henry Brigham. I always have the kids with me when I go there because the track goes around the playground. It's easy for me to keep eyes on while I get my fit on. Still I always end up stopping short of my planned workout so I can spend some QUALITY time with the little one running at my heels. So, I ended up stopping after almost 2 miles to play T-Ball with my little men (The young ladies were too busy socializing). I mean, you would think T-Ball with a 3 and 5 year old would be pretty laid back. But nooo... AJ hits line drives and home runs all day long, so I'm a running deep. X on the other hand "bunts" the ball and I end up running up to get it. I was exhausted before we even got started. So... workout... YES! Plus, I checked the Spring Break quality time box. I love killing 2 birds with one stone.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 77: Two is company, Three is... even better

So, today it was off to the Riverwalk. I honestly didn't know what to expect in the way of company. I was pleasantly surprised to see Dixie walking on the curb in the parking lot. And an even bigger surprise was that Shonda was waiting for us about half way up on the bridge. We had a great walk, some good laughs, and the weather was wonderful. You couldn't have asked for a better day. My only regret was that I did not bring my walk, which doubles as a pedometer and calorie counter. So, I don't know how far I walked today. But that doesn't matter. Getting out and getting moving is what counts. And today... I did that and loved every minute of it.

Shonda and Dixie were excellent company.

 
Look at the beautiful background.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weigh-ins

I saw on  another blog were they were weighing and taking pictures of the scale... I went, Wow, I like that. So here it is. I'm hoping this will lead to more accountability from me and a little bit reality for you. Here's the first Scale Photo weigh-in.

April 4, 2011- 182.0 lbs.

Day 76: Everyday is an Adventure

So, today I went down to Diamond Lakes Park to walk and enjoy the wonderful weather. It was really nice. But you know me. It had to be an adventure. So, I have a story... wanna here it... here it goes...

So I start out with all of my gear: water, towel, phone, camcorder, MP3 player... I have it all. And I had it inside my little lunch bag. I start out walking the entire first 1.2 miles. But on the second go round I decided to walk/jog. Well, 3/4 of the way I realize, I had dropped my phone. So, I back track. On the way back I run into Mitchell. She'd seen my post and come out walking with her daughter. (AWESOME!) However, I must find my phone before I can get with them. I keep walking around and I run into one of my students walking with her mother and sisters. (COOL!) I tell them that I'm looking for my phone and if they see it, it's mine. Well, I don't get that much farther when my student comes running through the trees shouting, "I found your phone!" Instant relief hit me. So I chatted with my student and her family a little longer and then went to finish the track with Mitchell. So, I know that I went 2.4 miles... but I don't know how much more with the back tracking. No matter. It was a great workout with even better company. The track is long with trees and small hills, which I like. You can take a look at it in the video below.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 75: A walk in the park

I was supposed to go to the gym today for that awesome class, however childcare was iffy. Still, I didn't let that discourage me. I loaded the kids into the van and we headed to the local park. They played on the playground while I walked/jogged on the track. Before it was all said and done I did 2 miles and had a little bit of QT with the little ones. It was a pleasant trade off.

Here's me at the park. Gettin' my sweat on. Join me any day this week. REMEMBER: Tomorrow I'll be at Diamond Lakes Park, 10am.

Jumper Cables for a Fit Lifestyle

So, it's Spring Break. And it's come to me that I have a full week to focus on living healthy and happy. I'm already off to a great start because yesterday I took my little get fit crew to near by park and we walked. Today I'm going to my 3pm fitness class. I haven't been in the longest time... But I'm going today.

Oh... Just had great idea...

I'm sending out via blog, email, and facebook locations to meet and walk this week. So, if you are available... Come on out. Don't forget to bring walking shoes, water, and a towel.

Monday: 10am Diamond Lakes Park, Parking Lot in front of the Library
Tuesday: 5pm Riverwalk, Parking Lot by the train tracks
Wednesday: 2pm Henry Brigham Senior Center, off Golden Camp Road

I know the locations and times jump around, but it's on purpose. Hopefully changing it up will allow everyone an opportunity to come out at least once. I'll post more places and times after I get to talk to a couple of folks (send me any other times and places that work for you). Hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 74: Sneak Peek

So, today was the first time in FOREVER that I've been to zumba... and I didn't realize until today that there are still some people (like my mom) who don't even know what zumba is... so for all of you who don't know, here's about a 20 second sneak peek into the latin/hiphop world of zumba. Hopefully next time I can get to class early and you'll get to see what at least one whole song worth of zumba looks like. It's upbeat, fun, and a definate workout. Zumba classes are offered here at the local Y and some other community centers. Danielle even told me that Zumba has spread like wild fire in Korea with wall to wall classes and Zumba parties. So, if you haven't tried it, it's worth a look. And trust me, you might get hooked.
P.S. This whole camcorder thing is going to have me wearing makeup more often. Please excuse the washed out look... I'll do better next time. :)


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 70: The Journey 4G

So, I recently purchased a camcorder to record those fantastic family first. You know how it is, the kids are winning awards, going to those milestone grades (Kindergarten, Pre-K), visiting the grandparents, all of that. Still, I had a revelation... I could use this camcorder to crank my journey up a knotch. Hummm... This could work. So, here it is... me, up close and personal... The Journey



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 64: Who Needs a Gym, When you have kids

Tonight I worked out with my children... I mean, literally. I did shoulder presses by raising Xavier over my head. I did squats with either Brianna or AJ on my back. I did leg presses by raising Bri in the air on my feet. I even did oblique workouts  by twisting with AJ drapped over my shoulders. It was an awesome workout. The kids loved it and I was worn out. I will definately do it again.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 63: Changing it up

If you are getting board with your workout, are new to exercise, or you are just one of those people who loves trying new things, try these activities this spring break.


1. Hiking
2. Bike Riding
3. Rock climbing (indoors is probably the best option right now)
4. Flag football
5. Salsa Dancing
6. Yard Work (Kill two birds with one workout)
7. Swimming
8. Walk the Mall (they even open early in the morning just for walkers)
9. Play tag with the kids (yours or someone elses)
10. Kayak (it's actually getting warm enough)

Really, any activity that keeps you moving is fair game. That means spring cleaning... gets the green light. But it doesn't matter what you do, just as long as you get doing.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 59: Walk this WAY!!!!

So, Today I had training at a near by school. The great part was that the hubby dropped me off cause I was running late (the initial plan was to walk there). Still, I was able to walk home for lunch. He met me half way. Then he dropped me off again. And he met me half way on the way home. It was some pleasant quality time and I got my work out on on my way to getting my work on.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 56: Gettin' my sweat on

I must confess, people. I lied to my good friend the other day. I didn't mean to though. I actually thought I was telling the truth. I was telling her about what my workouts where like and she asked, "Do you work up a sweat?" I told her, "No. I never really sweat though."
HA!
That was the lie... I now know that it was a lie because on Sunday night and again this morning I got on my elliptical machine. I was pouring sweat. I mean... getting in my eyes kinda sweat. I'm so not used to that. Makes the rest of my workouts pale in comparison.
So, so far I give my elliptical machine 4.5 stars out of 5. The only thing that would have made it a 5 is if I would have had someone else put it together.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

All in the Family

So, I told the kids that we would go walking yesterday, but it didn't happen. We ended up spending all day with their TiTi Ree. Well, today they were like mommy... can we go walking? Of course I can't say no to that, so we set out. We walked past the nearby middle school where there was a "hill". They ran down it. They rolled down it. They just had a good old time. They really didn't want to stop, but some needed a potty break. On the way back, they were asking to go out again next weekend. :)

Day 55: Fitness at any Cost

So, I wasn't able to join the boot camp class, but it may have been a blessing in disguise. You see, boot camp starts at 5am. And its still cold outside some mornings. That means I'd have to wake up at around 4:30 to get there on time. Hum... It's possible. I did it before (when I was in the Army), but I had to. Now I have choices, 3 kids, and a career as a teacher (long hours). So, I have decided that doing boot camp when it's warm, and a little easier for me to climb out of the comforts of my own bed, is not such a bad idea. Still, not working out is not an option. Soooo... I bought an elliptical machine yesterday. We drove to North Augusta to get it because all of the other Walmarts were sold out of it. We picked it at about 9pm and I spent the night putting it together. My blood, sweat, and tears went into that thing. But it was well worth it. Here's the after picture ( I should have taken a before shot. Nothing but parts.)
The Gold's Gym
Stride Trainer 380

My plan is to use it on those cold mornings when I can't get out the door and in the evenings while I watch TV. I was doing the same kind of thing in the late summer/early fall on my Tony Little Gazelle, but it fell apart one day (RIP). I've missed it ever since, but tried to do without it. Now I've upgraded. This model actually has resistance, which the gazelle did not. And it offers a variety of workout programs. So, I will let you know how it goes with this new addition to the family. Wish me loss. :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 53: Bummer

So, I called today at 5:00 in the morning and it turns out that boot camp at my local Y has already begun for this session. So, I'll have to wait a couple of months before attending. But that may be a good thing. Spring will be upon us... meaning the freezing cold will no longer be an excuse to sleep in. Still, in the mean while I wont just be sitting back doing nothing. I'm going to start searching for my first 5K. I'm going to plan to do it during the summer. That way I'll have plenty of time to prepare and train. I don't want to just finish, I want to finish strong. So, if you hear of any great 5Ks, let me know. I'm willing to do a little bit of travel. I figure I can enjoy the journey and the destination. And if you're game, you can join me. I prefer the company.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 52: I heart Healthy livining

So, I the weight loss is at a stand still right now, at 183, but that's ok. I look better (at least I think so). I feel better. I notice it when I run. I don't get so winded anymore. Plus, I recover much faster. I don't mind walking down the hall to the copier, forgetting something, and having to double back. I don't mind trotting to this place or that. I even plan on playing in the students againsts the teachers flag football game. I love what's happening to my body. Next up, I am signing up for boot camp... The registration is open now, so I'm going to go sign up tomorrow. The class starts at 5:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays and it lasts for 1 1/2 hours. It's one of my weightloss goals... and I think it's just what I need to push me over the hump and get me ready for the 5k. So, keep supporting me. Every little bit's a help. LOVE YOU LADIES!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 45: Fruits and Veggies

This week I've been trying something new. Since I splurged so much over the weekend, I figured I'd go vegetarian (for the most part). For both breakfast and lunch I've had zero meat. At dinner, on a couple of nights I've had chicken or shrimp... but other than that it's been veggies, fruits, and complex carbs. At first I was very low carb, but found that I was getting hungry faster. The complex carbs really do the trick for staying fuller longer. Still on thing that I'm not doing is limited the amount of fruits and veggie (mostly fruit) that I eat. I probably eat 6 pieces of whole fruit a day (bananas, apples, grapes, and oranges). The great thing is that I crave less processed sweets. I am taking a multiviatim, a flaxseed gel cap, and a calcium suppliment. I don't ever plan on being a full fledge vegetarian, but it's nice to give my body what it was made to live off of. I believe it's called the caveman diet. You have to think about it. If your car is meant to run on premium, it will run differently on anything else. Same thing goes for your body. I feel great. Try it yourself. Tell me what you think. I'd love to hear about it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 44: Impersonating a Morning person.

So, this morning I woke up at around 5:30 and managed to get Chris to walk with me. It was about 47 degrees, but it was a very brisk walk so I managed to stay warm. Walking with the husband made me realize that I had really been taking it easy on myself. We'll see if he joins me again tomorrow, but even if he doesn't I'll push myself a little harder and move a little faster knowing that I've done better with a little extra motivation. But...
On to the realization that I came to as I soaked anyway the negative energy... I am NOT a morning person, but I do a pretty good impersonation. :)
I do not pop up like a daisy, bright eyed and bushy tailed smiling at the world. I do not sing songs of joy as I pull on my tennis shoes. No. Waking up at 5:00 or 5:30 is not easy for me. I hit snooze often... I get up and lay back down... I fumble around to find my gear, cause I never prepare it ahead of time. I've never liked waking up early. Not in school, the army, or in everyday life. I love the night time. HOWEVER...
I love the fact that when I wake up in the morning I still have the whole day ahead of me. I have more energy. I'm more alert. I don't have to worry about fitting in a workout or childcare. And working out in the morning gives me a little more will power, because I don't want to undo the hard work of the day. So, while I am absolutely not a Morning person. I will "fake it, til I make it."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 43: It's a family affair

So, this past weekend I celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary (explains why you haven't heard from me, right?). And as far as the anniversary goes, it was a pretty good one... But the festivities mostly revolved around dining out... several times. And by the end of the weekend, it showed-- on the scale. Sunday night Chris and I both stepped on the scale at 187 lbs. Granted we weighed at night, which is not the norm. Still, I weigh the same amount at my husband, on the dot!
So, I must be honest. I did indulge on things like ribs, creme brulee, and fried sweet potatoe fries over the course of the weekend. But I do it guilt free on special occasions because I've learned that deprivation only leads to binges... and that is a truly bad thing. Instead I eat whatever I like every once and a while and I do what it takes to negate it. That means exercise and healthy eating that balances out all of my spluges. So, I've been back to walking every morning. It's been pretty nice weather and I didn't realize how much I'd missed it.  Now, I'm trying to get Chris to go, too. He's said he will but we'll see. Still, even when I'm alone, it's safety first. I wear bright clothes, take my pepper spray, and walk in a good neighborhood with street lights. And if anyone wants to join me, it's at about 5:30 hit me up and I'll send you the route.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 37: Get back!

Okay folks... So, I've kinda been laying low. This weekend was a real family oriented weekend (which was nice). But now I have to get back... "Get back to what?" you might ask. Wanna hear it, here it goes:

Get Back To...

1. Reading motivational material. I read my last issue of Shape magizine in the 1st week and I was without until today.

2. Watching my Biggest Loser. I record it every week, but I missed watching the show 2 weeks in a row. One episode down today... one more to go.

3. Walking out doors. I haven't walked for exercise outdoors since early fall, but it's warming up... time to hit the pavement.

4. Eating at home. I did alot of on the go eatting this weekend, and though most of it was good, nothing beats making it yourself and knowing exactly what is going into your meals... and your body.

5. Putting it all out there on the blog. I started to update my progress photos, but didn't get it just how I want to. I want to be able to see some real before and after. This is going to take come help from a professional blogger or at least a techie... but i am going to give you what you deserve.

So, there, I've said it. Now you hold me to it and if you can't, just GET BACK!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 33: P6

So for the past few days I have needed a little... actually... alot of P6. What's P6? Well, I'm glad you asked. P6 is my new name for an old saying, "Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance." Since Thursday, I've been lacking the Prior, the Planning, and the Performance. Therefore, the result is just Piss Poor. So, let's take it from the top. I had a paper and an observation both due on Friday. So, the gym on Thursday night was replace with a later night cram session (let's not talk about the fact that I had 2 weeks to get this done). Then, because I stayed up so late on Thursday, I slept in on Friday. That led me to not only miss the gym, but I also failed to pack lunch for the day. Add to that tutoring after school and class directly after that and you have zero gym time on Friday. Still I did manage to eat fairly well to that point. Now comes today. I miss zumba, cause I'm in the middle of making a carrot souffle (at 9:30am???). Then I was set to take the kids to a bday party and the movies. And... because I didn't plan for hunger while I was out... I had some serious movie theater popcorn.
So, the moral of this story is that (Again) you must plan ahead. But not only for what you will eat, or when you will exercise. Plan to complete tasks in your life in such a manner that you do not add stress to your mind or your body. They say that procrastination is the stealer of time. I'm a believer... It stole 3 workouts and a lunch. I have plenty more homework assignments to go. I was working on one tonight as a matter of fact. But I now realize the importance of carving out real scheduled time in my week to take care of all things school related. That way I don't look up and see the deadline before me with nothing accomplished. Less stress... more life.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 30: Walk a Mile in My Shoe

When I was home over the summer my sister bought me a pair of shoes for walking. This jesture was prompted by complaints that my feet hurt when I would exercise. I did in fact like the shoes. But I quickly wore them out... So, I was back in my old running shoes, from 2006, in no time. Well, in November one of my fitness instructors at the Y was like, you need to buy some new shoes. He went on about how he didn't want me to hurt myself. I took that little piece of information and filed it away in the back of my mind. Then I read an article in Shape about wearing the right shoes. So, I opened that new shoe file in my mind and decided to give it some consideration. I ended up going to Dick's Sporting Goods late one night to find some new kicks. I have wide flat feet, so I was lost looking at shoes. I had to ask the sales person to name some brands that would work for me. I kind of randomly pick a pair, but I love them. They feel really good. My feet don't hurt when I walk or run. I've realized what a huge difference a shoe can make. So I'm telling you now, inspect your shoe... If it don't fit (or feel right), you must a' quit... walking in them and head to the nearest shoe store.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 28: Just say No... Thank you

So, I hope everyone felt the love this Valentine's day. I know I have. Maybe even a little too much. I've been given chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Chocolate turtles, chocolate hearts, chocolate tootsie pops, and chocolate fortune cookies. All of that and not to mention the cupcakes. Dozens and dozens of cupcakes. But I used a couple of strategies to prevent ultimate diet sabotage.

1. Say, "No, thank you."- It used to be so hard to say no. I'd eat every cupcake and chocolate offered to me. I didn't want to turn anyone down and hurt their feelings. Now I realize that turning down sweets does not have to hurt anyone's feelings. In turning it down I am exercising my will power and I am setting a great example for others. Many people actually respect the will power.

2. Pay it Forward- Another option which I also took advantage of today was to pass it on. I accepted many of the wonderful gifts there were bestoyed upon me, but then I passed them on and shared with others. It felt good to give and even better to obstain.

2. Everything in Moderation- Today I did have 5 piece of chocolate over the course of the day. Much better than the couple cupcakes and tons of chocolate. It was nice to enjoy a small piece of the holiday. Chocolate has it's health benefits, so I was also doing something good for me. Gotta Love It.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 27: Time Out

Folks, one thing that I am realizing is that I love my exercise time. Not just because I'm getting all sexified and healthy, but also because it is that rare me time that I crave. When I go to the gym, I am in a room full of grown people and no one is arguing or begging me for a cookie. I don't hear my phone ringing. I'm not surrounded by all of the things that must get done. At that time I am not mom, daughter, wife, friend, or sister. I am simply Priscilla. And thought I enjoy being all of those other things, it's nice to get back to who you are all by yourself. I embrace this time. I even like to let it linger. On days when I am not stressed for time I just sit in the sauna and marinate. It helps me unwind and be better for myself and those around me.
So, if you needed one more reason to get out there and work it out. There you have it. Working out brings you closer to who you are... it's especially helpful when you are not quite sure who that is.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 26: Oh, How I Love Me...

Oh, How I Love Me... Let me count the ways...
I know the approaching holiday is all about showing others how much you love them and I embrace the opportunity to do so. Still,  I believe it's also a wonderful chance to show yourself some love. Alot of times we focus on what's wrong with us... "I hate my stomach!" "I can't fit my clothes." "The scale wont budge"... But what about what's right. Take a moment to celebrate the wonderful things that make you YOU. Feeling better about who you are now is step one to being a better you later. Here's what I love about me.

1. I can make a meal out of anything. Black beans and corn, ramen and hotdogs, cottage cheese and applesauce. Yum...
2. I can take a tune and make it a jingle. Here's an example (To the Tune of: Love the Way You Lie, Eminem featuring Rihanna), Just gonna stand here and watch me learn, but that's alright cause you're gonnna have a turn. Just gonna stand there and try to slack, but that's alright there're no answers in the back. No answers in the back. :)
3. Random people talk to me. I could be in an airport, on the street, in a public restroom. It doesn't matter, people talk to me. Sometimes it just a question and others it's a full blown conversation. I watch them walk past other people and approach me. My friends and family even notice it. Like they say, I've never met a stranger.
4. I am not my hair. I used to hold on to and charish the long hair that I inherited from my grandmothers. I'd spend hours in the mirror trying to get it right and get frustrated when I couldn't. Not anymore. I chopped it all off and I haven't looked back. It's carefree and low maintenance, but like me.  
5. The small stuff just doesn't phase me. I like to say, "I'm easy like Sunday morning." I go with the flow. And when things aren't at even keel, my boat sails on. Trust me people. It's an asset. Less stress, better health. Simple as that.
6. I just keep graduating. I was talking to my mom the other day and I didn't realize how many graduations I'd had. Pre-K, Kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, basic training, AIT, Bachelor's Degree, and soon my Master. And I don't plan on quiting. It's a good feeling to accomplish something, to see it through to the end, and to become better all the while.
7. I'm flexible. Not just mentally (going with the flow), but also physically. I can put my clasped hands behind my back, do a split, and kick at head level. I love that my body extends beyond what most others can do. It reminds me that I'm special.
8. I keep trying to be a better me. Whether it's going to school or going to church, attending a training or attending zumba, I keep trying to be better. Once upon a time I thought everyone was like that, but I now realize that some people are content with just being and others are so overwhelmed that they don't act. I'm not perfect by a long shot, but if I strive for perfection, I can only get better.
9. I'm blessed I serve an awesome God and it shows. From my family and friends to my job and successes, God's had in my life is evident. I love that my God loves me.
10. I'm alot of things to alot of people... and many of them matter. I am is wife, mother, daugther, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, student, peer... and all of those things matter to someone. I believe that I am a rock to my husband, an example for my children, a legacy for my parents, a piece of the puzzle for my sister and brothers, a different perspective for my nieces and nephews, a lot of things (nurse, counselor, mentor, tutor) to my student, a reason to come to work for my professors, and a allie for my peers.

And because I love myself so much, I am going to take care of me. Mind body and soul. Good in... Good out. Happy Valentine's Day



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 24: Biggest Loser Mindset

I don't know if I've said it before, but I love The Biggest Loser. It's very inspiring to see people who have so much to lose, or gain (depending on how you look at it), give it everything to make their dreams to come true. I know that the conditions under which they lose the weight are unreal and many of the people regain their lost weight. However, there are some things to be learn from the show and the people on it.
1. If a 500 lb. man can run on a treadmill, so can I. Seriously, some of the Biggest Losers can only run on the treadmill for a short period of time. Not because of their health, but because they break the machines. Now, I did break my Tony Little's Gazzelle not too long ago, but that was different. It was cheap and I was rough. 
2. There is power in numbers. It's one thing when you are working out for yourself, but it's different when other people are counting on you. Trust me. I don't want to let you down. As well, for most people, working out by yourself just isn't any fun. Time flies when I am on the treadmill chatting with a good friend or in a zumba class full of people.
3. Let it all hang out... bellies and all. The Biggest Losers get up in front of half the world, take off their shirts, and post their weights. There are no secrets. Don't be ashamed of the number on the scale, let it motivate you. Don't be embarassed by what your body looks like, your body is God's temple. It may need remodeling, but it is still God's home. Love your body. And take care of it.

There really are alot of good lessons about weight loss on the show. If you've never watched it before, check it out. It comes on on Tuesday nights at 8. I set my DVR to it and watch it on the weekends or while I'm cooking dinner. Still, no matter what you watch, I hope you end up being... The Biggest Loser.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 23: Workout Schedule

This is my workout schedule for February




This is it's new home.

My goal is everyday. But as you can see the Super Bowl foiled my plans earlier in the week. Still I have a 5 day a week minimum. Of course the excludes extreme illness and things of that nature. But you get my drift. I'm not just working out to maintain. I'm working out to make a change. (Cue the Michael Jackson: "I'm gonna make a change... for once in my life. It's gonna feel real good. Gonna make a difference. Gonna make it right...)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 22: Inspiration

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.

~Earl of Derby~



Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.
~Norman Vincent Peale~


Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
~Goethe~



Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food
~Hippocrates~ 



To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.
~ Benjamin Franklin~

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 20: Destinations

Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

It's a truly profound statement when you think about it.
Have you ever gotten in your car and just wanted to go somewhere, but you didn't know where? I have. And on the drive I took various turns, I back tracked. I ended up driving endlessly at times and in the end I headed back home. On the worst occasions I ended up lost and just had to drive west because I knew I would hit a main road. Still, other times I stumbled upon something interesting and worthwhile.
That's life without goals. Sometimes you end up in a rut, back tracking the things you've already done. Other times you continue following a path that is uneventful and at times harmful to your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, only to end up back where you started. There are phases where you are lost in your own skin and don't know what to do. It's only the rare occusions when you just happen to fall into good fortune as it seems that "fate" has smiled upon you.
Goal setting is all about determinig where you want to end up. Today I sat down and created my Goals list for 2011. Just click the tab at the top of my page labeled goals to take a look at where I'm headed.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 19: I'm going there!

Okay folks, it's nearing Valentine's Day and I feel the need (as a public service announcement) to remind everyone that exercise increases your libido. Yes, I said it... Exercise helps you to become ready, willing, and able for those intimate moments to come. How do I know? Well, I've been increasing my level of physical activity since last year March... A few things have changed. ;o)
1. Exercise increases your feel good horomones- And when you feel good... you are more likely to... you know.
2. Exercise increases blood flow- This increases your level of arousal and you are more likely to... you know
3. Exercise increases your endurance- And we all know... out of breathe and spent is not cute after 2 minutes of... you know
4. Plus as you exercise you will feel better about the way you look, so... you won't mind showing it off

If you don't believe me, try it yourself. I had to tell you a little bit before the big day because though some results are instant (ie. increased blood flow), others are not so rapid (ie. the endurance)

I had to blog about it cause it was on my mind. :) I LOOOVE the side effects of exercise.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 18: It shows!

So, once again I have begun to here a variety of comments about my weight loss. One teacher said, "Are you lossing weight? I thought you were before, but I can really see it now." Another couple of them asked how much I had lost so far. Still my favorite was... "Girl, you gone blow away in a minute." Now, that was far from the truth, but still flattering. I promise you this time last year no one would have said that. It's nice to know that someone's noticing (I mean my husband says I look good all the time, but he's supposed to).
So, though the scale is not moving at light speed, I can tell that my body is changing. And what is important is how you look and feel. Thanks for those of you who are reminding me that my work is paying off.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 17: Drink Water

One of the vivid memories I have from basic training was having to say, "DRRRINK WATER! Beat the heat, Drill Sergeant, beat the heat." Then we'd have to drink our canteen of water as fast as we could. Even worse, when they said, we had to hold the bottle upside down over our heads to ensure it was empty. :-p I promise you, I almost drowned on a couple of occasions. But... I guess my drills had a point. I was working out all day everyday and I needed to replenish what I had lost. And how a days I don't work out half as much, but I still need to replenish what is used on a daily basis. Drinking water has so many get fit benefits and the best one is weight loss. And more over... it's free.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 15: Renewed

We'll folks. I'll just have you know that my lack of weight loss this past week was not a disheartening event. Much to the contrary. It was one that made me say, "Hey, lady, what's going on? You've done so much on this journey. There's no time to sit still now. Get your butt in gear. Get that needle moving again... in the right direction." I'm more cautious about what I consume. I take more effort in the preparing and planning of meals and snacks AND MY WILL POWER... It's kicked into 3rd gear. I'm like, "No, no, no, you are not going to sabatoge me again this week. Fool me once, same on you... fool me twice... And it's an extra couple of inches around the mid section. So, if there is anything you can gather from this entry, it's that there is no need to beat yourself up for misteps. Use them to fuel your fire. Get out there and do something about it. Or like they used to say in the 80's "Bust a Move!"

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 14: Reflections

So, I weighed in this morning and well... I'm right at 183 pounds. Right where I was this time last week. :o/
So, what do I do now. Reflect. What happened. What went well? What stunk? What Do I need to change or maintain. I'll compile my list and get back to you tomorrow. Oh, but the way, I measured my hips, bust, and belly yesterday. I don't know if I did it correctly, but I am going to post that information too. So, stay tuned.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 13: Plan Ahead

Well, yesterday the weight loss journey was challenging. I ate out twice... Breakfast at Burger King and Dinner at Harbor Inn. And that wasn't even that bad. I had one of the Burger King english muffin sandwiched, which is one of the better things on their menu, but I ate the hash browns that came with it. At Harbor Inn I had broiled flounder with california style mixed vegetables, but I ate the hush puppies that came with it. And... after all of that I went to AppleBee's with friends for drinks. I ended up ordering 2 Skinny Bee Mojitos AND snacking on other people's appetizers. Yeah... like I said, it was a tough day.
SOOOOooo... I decided to learn from it and move on. The Lesson: Plan Ahead. Breakfast out was the result of an early morning of running and taking hubby to drop off his vehicle at the shop. I'd delayed breakfast for too long. If I'd planned ahead, I would have quickly whipped up a smoothie with added protein. That smoothie would have held me over til lunch. Then when it came down to dinner, I did not plan for the side of hush puppies (my weakness). The idea thing to do would have been to ask them to hold the hush puppies or at least ask for less. And when it came to drinks at AppleBee's, I did okay. But nibbling off of other people's appetizers was a No... no... I should have planned ahead and ordered a snack of my own. My original thought process was that I didn't need to order food, I'd already eaten and there was nothing lowfat in the appetizer section. But, I now realize that if I'd have planned for my need to munch, I would have ordered a small side salad or soup. That lesson carried over into todays meals. I actually planned to make up for all of the extra calories that I consumed yesterday. And... I made my lunch for this week so I don't forget it at home and end up settling for other unhealthy options.

Stay tuned. Weigh-in tomorrow.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 12: Never Too Busy

So, I used to always say, " I want to workout, but I don't have the time. I've got to go to work and once I come home I get the kids settled with dinner and baths. And that's just on the nights when I don't have class. Weekends aren't much better because I have to clean house..." That was what I would say when faced with the prospect of working out.
However, now I go to work, care for the kids, make dinners, go to class during the week and I'm still house cleaning on the weekends. But in addition I exercise daily for 45 min to an hour. So, what's changed? Nothing... but the way I view myself and my outlook on life.
I used to put everyone and everything before my fitness goals. I'd attempt to go work out, but I wouldn't have a sitter. Or I didn't have the right clothes. I couldn't afford the gym membership. I needed to be at home with the kids. There was always a reason. There was any reason but me.
I have no idea when or where it happened, but I started to realize that if I was going to continue to be everything for everybody, I also needed to be someone for myself. How long can you neglect yourself, and still be worth anything to anyone else? I may have been able to keep it up for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years... but at what price? I'd be unhealthy and unhappy and so would my family. A gym membership with child care may cost me some, but constant visits to the doctor, would cost more. New workout clothes may be an added expense, but it's an expense that adds to my self esteem. I do need to spend time with the kids, and the years that living fit will add to my life are just what the doctor ordered.
So, now I make time. I take care of myself, so that I can take care of others. I am never too busy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day Ten: Be Proud

For ten days straight  I have workout (one way or another), monitored my caloric intake, and (for the most part) gotten 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I have not lost 20 pounds (yet!), joined a bi-athalon, or fit into a size 8, BUT I am healthier. And at the end of the day, let's face it. That's the ultimate goal. Every day I want to be healthier than the day before. It's funny, my mom and I have a saying, it's "I'm not bad as I once was, but I'm not as good as I could be." Celebrate the fact that you are better, without forgetting that there is something more. It's okay to set large rockstar goals. But gauge and refocus them using smaller short terms goals. Saying I want to lose 50 pounds by the summer is a Galiath task. But saying that you want to lose 2 pounds a week is more like Daniel. Set a goal to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, or exercise one more day a week. Try one thing at a time and stick to it. Once it becomes a habit. Try something else. And don't forget to be proud of yourself. Getting fit is not "easy". Trust me. I know it. Especially when you have work, kids, spouse, school, dog, cat, family... and for some of us, it is all of the above. Managing all of that, and still finding time to take care of yourself is a job worth aplauding. So, here's a virtual pat on the back. You deserve it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day Nine: Eating Out

So, tonight the family went to Applebee's. (Kids eat for 99 cents on Wednesdays) I love going out and spending time with the family, but there is always a challenge when it comes to what to eat. On most occasions I just go for a salad, but at times a plain salad leave you unfulfilled. Other times your salad is more fattening than the buffalo wings and fries you were eyeballing in the first place (that's thanks to the full fat dressing, bacon, crutons, and cheese... among other things). So, tonight I actually took a look at the weight watchers selections on the menu labeled under 550 calories. I ended up getting the Teriyaki Shrimp pasta. The pasta was made out of whole wheat and it was served with lots of veggies. It was a good meal and it filled me up. I also enjoyed a skinnybee margarita. It was just 100 calories and it fill that desire for my favorite drink. This meal tipped the scales as far as my current meals are concerned, but for a night out with the family... it was a health wise choice. Paired with the 30 minute workout I got after work tonight, I'd say it was a meal fit for a "lean" queen.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 8: Expect the Unexpected

So, yesterday, monday was my weigh-in day and as fate would have it, the alarm did not go off, so I did not get up and go to the gym. So instead I traded my elliptical workout for an at home booty shaking session. I actually blogged about it last night but then my computer got a mind of it's own, erased everything i'd typed, and sent me to bed early... So this morning I am blogging about yesterday, in hopes of getting on track again tonight. I also did my weigh-in today, one day later. But I am glad tod say that I am sitting pretty at 183. That's near they weight I was when I had my set back....

ON THE ROAD AGAIN.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day Seven: Dress the Part

So, let me tell you. I used to go to the gym wearing sweat pants and a bag t-shirt. I never wore makeup or perfume. It was like I was going to do some yard work or something. Didn't matter what I looked like cause I was working.
Not anymore! I actually own coordinating exercise clothing. Cute pink tops and slim fit pants. My sports bra actually works more like a bra and less like an ace bandage to provide lift. I put on lip gloss and spray on bath and body works.
I've read on fitness.com and in Shape magazine that looking good while you workout improves your workout attitude. And I can tell you that from personal experience, it does. It's no wonder why. Gyms have tons of mirrors. During my workout I'm continuously checking myself out. When I look bummy it's depressing. I don't want to work harder. I want to leave. I hate that everyone at the gym sees me looking like. But when i look good. I feel good. I'm like awh yeah... I'm bringing sexy back. If I look this good now, imagine what I'll look like at the end of my journey. It's motivation to keep going and push harder.
**Official Weigh-in tomorrow.**

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day Six: Indulge... (read first, then indulge)

So, indulging is something many dieters shy away from. They fear the splurge will lead to a binge. Not so! Trust me, I've done the research. Why? Because I love to indulge. HOWEVER, there are a few tips I have picked about treating yourself. # 1. Try lowfat alternatives to your usual treats. If you usualy have hostess cream filled cakes try the Weight Watchers brand. # 2. Splurge occasionally. If you are doing it everyday, it is no longer a splurge. It's a habit. Enjoying that special treat once a week or once a month allows you to saver it. #3 When you know you are going to indulge on dessert, eat a healthier meal. Work your splurge into your calorie count. That way, even when you're wrong, you're right. :) # 4. Chocolate is your friend (depending on the kind and quantity). The higher the percentage of cocoa, the higher the amounts of healthy antioxidents it contains. These would be your dark chocolates. Plus, endorphins are released when you eat chocolate. These endorphines act as natural pain relievers. Thing is you should only eat about 1- 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day. And... because dark chocolate isn't as sweet as milk chocolate, you won't want to eat more than 1-1.5 onces. # 5. If you don't indulge every once in a while, you are setting yourself up for future failure. Denying yourself of every craving will only lead to binging in the long run.

I chose this post today because today I went grocery shopping. I saw all of the little debbies, cookies, and loaded ice cream bars, but I was not swayed. That's because with my new food knowledge, I have options. I browsed the weight watchers 1 point cream cakes and muffins, but I settled on the Mini Sneakers Ice Cream Bars. Each one is only 90 calories, but it satisfies the craving for chocolate, sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy. It doesn't get my better than that. I also picked up some plain dark chocolate for those days when I just need to quick pick me up without all of the extra frills.

Stay tuned. Weigh-in is Monday morning at the Y.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day Five: Sleep

I broke one of my number one weight loss rules today... Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Last night I stayed up late... until 11:30, which is now amazingly late. Then I woke up at 5:00am for my daily workout. First off, I didn't want to get up. I was dragging on my way to the gym. I woke up for a bit once I was there, but by the time I got to work I was exhausted. That doesn't usually happen. Usually my workout rejuvenates me. So, I can just say... If this blog sounds incoherent... realize I need sleep and you do to. Good night.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 4: The Support

This week in weight loss has been fantastic. Because I have publized my new weight loss goals on blogger.com and facebook for the world to see, I am receiving so much praise and support. My sister offers support over the phone. Danielle is supporting me from Korea. Tasha and Karen offered their praise from Sunny Florida. Even my battle buddy Roper whom I went through basic training has come along to share her weight loss success with me. Old schoolmate Sherri has offered the advice of spin class for fast results. And I can't forget the loving "Gems" that I work with on a daily basis. I have a feeling they'll be gaining me soon. It's becoming clearer to me why posting your journey is a successful weightloss tool. I have my very own cheering section. It's an amazing feeling. And I don't want to let those people down. I want to show them what I am made of... and trust me... It's not supposed to be 29.4% fat. So, to those of you who support me, keep doing it. It's inspiring. And trust me, I'll support you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day Three: Strength Training

This morning decided to so some strength training before my workout. All of the research that I've read in Shape magazine and on places like WebMD talks about the importance of strength training coupled with cardio. With greater muscle mass you burn more calories during your workout and anything I can do to burn more calories sounds like a plan to me. Ideally you should lift weights 3-4 times a week with day between strength training dates. You should also alternate between legs and arms, working your core muscle with each workout. Today I did arms. Bicep curls, tricep press, rows, pull downs, and chest press were all done today. And when I finished I managed to get in 20 minutes of cardio. So, tomorrow is simply cardio. On Friday, I'll do some strength training for my legs.
If you are into strength training, tell me all about it and give me some pointers. If you are not into weight training, tell me why and maybe we can motivate each other. I more the merry.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day Two: Occupy Your Mind

So, I was back in the gym this morning at 5:30 am. My visit at the Y contisted of watching the news while working out on this elliptical type trainer for 40 minutes. I think I've found the best way to stay current. At that time of the morning there's really not much else on TV and it really does help time fly. That's one of the keys to working out for me. I have to find something that occupies my mind while I'm getting fit. Be it talking to a friend, listening to tunes on my MP3 player, or watching TV (The Biggest Loser is the best for motivation during a workout); taking the focus off of the task makes time fly by. And depending on the movie or music, it may motivate you to workout even harder. So, to those of you who are bored by your workout, add your favorite tunes or tube... you'll be glad you did.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Back in the Gym

So, According to Shape.com, I burned 473 more calories today than I ate. It's a fine balance between the calories I eat, the amount of calories my body burns naturally, and the calories I burn from exercise.  Well, I got the first two components down. But the exercise piece... was lacking today. But I'll be back in the gym tomorrow morning at 5:30. Working out in the morning is the best way to get in exercise. You're less likely to put it off with excuses at that point. Plus you up your metabolism for the rest of the morning. So, if you're at all able. Get up, get out, and work out, too. I'd love to hear how you are doing.

Day One: Resources

So, I started tracking the calories for the food I ate yesterday. I'd journaled my eatting by hand in the past, but it was an off and on thing. It didn't last more than a month... tops. But this time I went on Shape. com and started using their Virtual Trainer. The website includes resources for much more than calorie counting though. You can track your weight loss and exercise. There are articles, recipes, and blogs. You can end find and chat with friends with similar goals.
I really don't mean to sound like an ambassador for Shape, though I am a fan. I get Shape Magizine every month and it helps to keep me motivated. They provide good tips and their stories about real people inspire me. Still, it doesn't matter what your resources are, it just matters that you find some. Since March, I have realized that you need to continue to be rejuvenated and reassured daily. Feed the healthy you the mental food you need to be successful.
(Just between you and I) I currently weigh 190 lbs. My pant size is 14.  I am married with 3 kids. I am a school teacher, a student, and now a blogger. Welcome to my Journey... Step One.