Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Day 46:199

well, at least I am holding under the 200 mark. Yesterday was a good day.. I defeated temptation, ate three healthy meals and drank a ton of water. Now, if I can just keep that up for the rest of my life... or at least the rest of this week!

I ran again this morning.. this time having to stop and walk. My legs are sore from yesterday, so it was a little harder going. Today's weight lifting was focused on the back and abs...summed up in one word... ugh. (I don't know if that is even a word) So this weeks total is already 3 miles in 2 days... I like that!!

The new Samurai Sword workout is not due to get here until next week... I am so excited to give it a try. Check out the arms on the woman who invented the workout-

I cant wait for my arms to look that good!!

Today is going to be a long day of cleaning house and running errands. It is the Eve of Halloween... which doesn't mean a whole lot in this house. As much as I love scary movies we never get the chance to watch them because of the munchkins. Tomorrow night I am taking them to our church's Trunk or Treat... where they guarantee no scary costumes and lots of candy and games.

Losing weight is 20% exorcise and 80% nutrition.... keep that in mind!

Monday, October 29, 2007

WI Day 45:198.5
Total # miles I ran last week: 9.7

Didn't lose anything... didn't gain anything either.. so that is a plus! Had too many 'little' bites of Halloween candy this weekend.. so I blame myself..(hehehe, who else am I going to blame?) Anyway.. I am going to push for a big loss this week... I need a big number!

I ran this morning.. .and I ran great!! A whole mile without stopping to walk!! I don't think I have ever done that in my life...oh wait.. there was that one time with the Army recruiter.. but that was a life or death situation! LOL So I am really excited. I think tomorrow I will start Week 4 of the C25K plan... as Spongebob would say.. I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready!!

Weight lifting is going awesome too.. I am lifting bigger numbers and am doing more push ups then ever before. I have to say that I am seeing a huge change in my body everyday.. and I'm loving it. Hubby is on his 7th week and I can see the huge change in him too. I think it motivates both of us to keep going when we see how great the other is doing!

Ok.. so 3.5 weeks until Thanksgiving and I want to be in the low 190's by then. I've got to watch my calories... drink my water... keep running...

Just a reminder... no matter what the scale says, or how much you went over your calories for the day... the important thing is that you not lose focus, get back up and keep running, fighting and loving what your doing!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Day 43:199.5

Oh yeah.. back down again. Just had to show y'all.

See you on Monday for weigh-in day!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Day 42:201

Heading back down in the right direction. Thanks for all the support. Many of you offered the idea of not stepping on the scale every morning.. and as much as I can agree with that... stepping on the scale every morning is something I HAVE to do. It's kind of like a reminder of what I am trying to do everyday. If its a high number... yes, I get sad but then I give myself a good workout and watch what I eat just a little bit better that day. When I see a low number, well, I get super excited... have an awesome workout and eat fantastic that whole day! So, as much as it is a roller coaster ride every week... I think that it is one of the few things that has gotten me this far.

How far you ask? OH YEAH... today makes 6 weeks!!! I am ecstatic! So to celebrate I have some rare before and after pics.

Me at my highest 6 weeks ago (215)

Me this morning before my workout (201)

As you can see.. I am slimming down quite a bit. I am looking forward to the next 6 weeks and my next 'after' picture!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Day 41:202

I am starting to feel the depression sink in. Seeing those high numbers again SUCKS. I know I am doing clothes are fitting great and I am feeling great... but for some reason it just doesn't count unless that number is under the 200 mark.

I ran this morning... 2 miles... even though I really did not feel like working out at all. Once I got started I thought of all the reasons I was running...


well.. by that time I was at the 2 mile marker. I got off and worked out my shoulders, triceps and abs. Now I feel exhausted physically... and mentally.

To help the motivation, hubby came home with news that we had gotten tickets to the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) again this year in Las Vegas... which means I have 6 weeks to the day to get my butt back in my old size 12 Rockies. At least that is the dream. So tomorrow marks my 6 weeks of being faithful to my workout routine and trying to eat right... 6 more weeks will hopefully find me in my 'top shelf' pants again!

I've got to start thinking positive... I've got to cut out 50% of the carbs I'm eating... I've got to keep up my workout routine... I've got to drink more water...and I've got to keep pushing myself to run....farther.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Day 40:202

Ya.. I know... yikes! A 4 lbs gain from yesterday to today. It might be the weight lifting catching up... it might be the water retention.. it might be all the freakin food I ate yesterday. Not much I can do about it but make sure that today is a good day.

It already started out good. Today is supposed to be a rest day, but I was up at 5am (thanks to an incident with hubby, the fireplace and the smoke detector!) and just felt like running. So I hopped on the treadmill and ran another 1.3 miles. I am thinking of hopping on this afternoon during nap time and walking another mile or two.. just to make up for all the mindless eating I did yesterday. Ugh.

Hubby and I workout together. Well... kinda. I do my workout in the morning and he does his at night.. which works out really well. Anyway, he showed me this really cool new workout that he wants to do on our 'Active Rest' days. (those are the days when you are not supposed to lift weights or run, but instead do something different that you enjoy... like playing a sport, riding your bike..etc) We have been pretty lazy on those days because we cant think of anything to do that we would both enjoy... until now!

Its called Forza The Samurai Workout.

Powerstrike Forza is Italian for "strength and power." Also known as Samurai Sword Training, the one hour class is a supercharged workout that blends elements of two Japanese sword fighting techniques - Kendo and Aikijujitsu. Ilaria Montagnani combined her ten years of martial arts experience to develop this imaginative format in 1995.

Group Exercise
Specifically designed for group exercise, Ilaria's newest creation uses a fitness sword and teaches precise striking movements that shape the upper and lower body while building strength.

Big Calorie Burn

Powerstrike Forza is also a fantastic cardiovascular workout where the average student burns 500 calories per class. Controlled and balanced movements lend a meditative aspect to the class, helping to calm the mind and spirit. Incorporating an ancient art form into a present day fitness format, Powerstrike Forza allows exercise enthusiasts of all levels to experience the strength and mysticism of working with swords.

Warrior Spirit
A sword will teach you to have no fear. To be successful with a sword, you must find in yourself the desire to overcome fear. You will learn how to push past your limits, to be fully committed to your actions, and to find the determination in yourself to strive for more

We ordered the 1 hour workout yesterday and I found a company that sells martial arts training supplies and ordered two weighted wooden swords... hopefully we will have both by the end of next week.. I am really looking forward to doing it. With my martial arts back ground... and hubbys dream of becoming a ninja (LOL... ok, so he really just wants to be a bad ass!) I think this will be a great thing to mix it up a little!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Day 39:198

Yes.. I'm down 1/2 a pound since yesterday. Which blows my weight lifting theory out of the water. Usually I am up at least a pound today.. and yes, I did do my upper body weight lifting circuit yesterday. Maybe my body is shifting into a different gear. Maybe all that weight lifting is starting to pay off.. and instead of holding on to water.. they are burning fat!! What ever the reason.. I'll take it!!

I will have to keep an eye out this week and see what my body is going to do...hopefully it just keeps going down.. but I wont be shocked if I see a gain in the middle or end of the week. I am doing great... I just need to keep going. OH.. and speaking of doing great, have you noticed the number of days I've been on track? This Friday will make 6 weeks straight!! I am thrilled.

I think the biggest motivations for me are the upcoming holidays. Halloween.. eh, not so much. But Thanksgiving is always held at my Mother In Laws.. and my hubbys entire family (all 8 brothers and sisters, their husbands and wives, and all the cousins) are always their. For the last 4 years I have tried to lose weight and look fantastic.. and for 4 years I failed. I have never done this well on my own...and the fact that I am already 20 lbs lighter then what I was this time last year, makes me feel confident that I can lose at least another 10 lbs by then. I may not be at goal, but damn it, I will be one of the healthiest people there!!

I ran 1.3 miles this morning and then went on to my lower body weight circuit. I am wearing pants today that I have never been able to wear comfortably... and boy are they comfy!!! Food was awesome yesterday.. and today will be the same. Portions are small, but filling.. and no in between snacking.

Thanks to everyone who gave me songs yesterday. I had some great tunes to listen to this morning!! Some of my favs??....

Christina Aguilera = Candyman and Fighter
Back Eyed Peas = Pump It
Rihanna = Pon de Replay

Have a great day!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007 - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Day 38:198.5

Yes.. down another pound. Not the weight loss I was hoping to see.. but its still a loss. Maybe that means next week will be my big loss week!! I hope!! I am really eager to get to the 189.9 mark. I know, I know.. one pound at a time.. but I am on a roll! Woooohoooo.

This week I am really going to focus on my food. Not so much what I'm eating, as I have been craving healthy food now for awhile, but how much I'm eating. I think I am letting myself go when it comes to portion size again. I really need to stay on top of that.

I ran 2 miles this morning... ok, I ran/walked 2 miles this morning... but it felt great. On top of that I did 30 minutes of upper body weight lifting and tonight I am doing a TaeBo Abs workout with bands. As my 3 yr old likes to say..'Oh Yeah, Uh-huh, Oh Yeah, Uh-huh'

Here is a question for all of you out there in blogland... what is a good song to workout to that is on your IPOD/MP3 ?? I am getting bored with my music, but cant think of any other good ones? Leave a comment with your favorite song that gets your heart pumping!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007


This weekend I was given the chance to try the new Curves cereal and Curves 100 calorie snack bars. My thoughts?

Curves Honey Crunch Cereal: Absolutely delicious. In fact, I had to eat a bowl for my afternoon snack too! It has a very sweet honey flavor and a whopping 28g of whole grain and 5g of fiber per serving! I give this a -5 lbs on the scale!! (yes.. the more you lose on the scale the better it is!!)

Nutritional Facts in 1 cup: Calories 190, Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0, Sodium 290mg, Potassium 110mg, Carbs 45g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 9g, Protein 4g

Curves Chocolate Peanut 100 Calorie Snack Bar: Ok.. this one is great tasting, maybe a little too good. This could easily become a binge starter.. it doesnt make you feel full.. and it gives you just enough chocolate to want more. It seems to be made out of a rice crispy bar with peanuts and chocolate chips mixed in. If you can handle only eating one.. then these are for you.. but for me, I have to give them a +5 lbs on the scale.

Nutritional facts in 1 bar: Calories 100, Fat 3.5g, Sodium 80mg, Carbs 17g, fiber 5g, Sugar 5g, Protein 2g

Friday, October 19, 2007

Day 35:202

I'm not surprised about the 2 lb gain. Yesterday was a heavy weight lifting day.. so my muscles are storing water. I dont think its all water though.. yesterday meals were larger then usual so I need to really keep myself in line today... and for the rest of the weekend. I am really hoping to see a good loss on Monday morning.

I ran 1.5 miles this morning and lifted wieghts (focusing on my back). Besides watching my food, I really need to drink more water.

I'm afraid todays entry will be short and sweet. I have to get the house clean and pick up the girls room... I will see y'all on monday for (keep your fingers crossed) a great loss!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Day 34:200

Once again at the door step of Onederland. I think next week I will see myself staying in Onderland a little longer. Pretty soon Two Big Town will be a place of the past!

Well, I stepped into my closet yesterday and grabbed every pair of pants that were in there. Including the 'top shelf' clothes.. you know, the ones that you haven't been able to squeeze into in years.. but you keep 'just in case'! I piled them on the table. There were at least 30. I had that feeling you get when you step into a dressing room with an arm load of clothes, hoping that at least ONE thing would fit.

I started with the larger sizes...knowing that they would fit... and they did (without even unbuttoning them!) I ended up tossing 9 pairs of pants because they were too big!! They were all size 16-18.

Next came the 14's. The 'top shelf' pants. I was a little bit nervous... knowing that the last time I had tried on some of these pants they had not made it past my thighs. One leg slipped in...'hmmmm, that feels pretty roomy'.. then the other leg. I pulled them up with my eyes shut tight. They slid over my butt...they buttoned...OH MY GOD THEY FIT!!! One after another just slipped on! The wranglers I wore at my wedding (yes I wore jeans as a bride.. hey!! I married a cowboy!) had not fit for over 2 years.. and they fit great! Khakis that had never quite fit me right fit beautifully. I even fit into a pair of Ropers that I had not worn since my oldest girls 2nd birthday.. and they fit better then ever!

I felt really good.. but there was still one more group that I had to try. The 12's.. the 'single' pants.. the 'pre-baby' pants. I knew this group was probably not going to fit.. yet. But I wanted to see how far I had to go. Of the 10 jeans.. one of them actually did fit. They are stretchy.. but hey.. they still fit! The rest would go all the way up... but were a couple of inches away from buttoning. That's ok though.. I put them on the top shelf.. in a couple of months they will make there way down too!

I was so thrilled I called my hubby and bragged. He was really happy for me..and asked if I had thrown away any more pj's! LOL

Ok, so on to this morning. I woke up NOT ready to workout. For some reason I just wanted to lay in bed and read my book. All you mothers out there know that that is never an option! LOL... Anyway, I dragged myself out of bed, pulled on my tenny's, turned up the music and did my run on the tready. 20 minutes seemed like an hour. I did my shoulder weight circuit and then sat in front of the computer. I guess no matter how well you are doing, you are always going to have those days when you just don't want to work out. The great thing is.. I did it anyway! Now that is improvement.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Day 33:201.5

Holding steady. Today is my rest day, which felt a little awkward this morning. I was pretty much ready to work out the second I woke up. Instead I grabbed a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea and sat down at the computer. (Oh yeah.. and I jumped on the scale somewhere in between all that) I was actually expecting another half pound gain after my leg workout yesterday... I guess I will just have to deal with the soreness instead!

Once again I have found a pair of Pj's that will have to be thrown away... it's a sad day. On the other hand, I was thinking of getting in my closet and pulling out all my pants and trying them on. If they are too big (over a size 14) I am giving them to goodwill. I am hoping that will keep me from gaining the weight back! It will also give me a chance to see what pants I DO fit into now. How exciting!!

I cant tell if I've lost a lot in my upper body. The measuring tape says I've lost another half in around the bust.. but I should have measured my arms when I started.. THAT is where I need to be losing inches. No more earthquakes when I wave hello!

Soooo, I'm off to enjoy all of your blogs... see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Day 32:201.5

So the trip to Onderland only lasted one day.. but what a glorious day! I was actually expecting a gain today.. like it does every week, my weight goes up on the days after my weight lifting. I looked at the past two weeks and, sure enough, my weight goes up and down depending on my exorcise routine. The good thing is that the numbers are continually going down. 3 weeks ago it was ranging between 207 and 204. Last week it was 203 and 201. This week... 199 and most like 202 will be my highest. The important thing is that by next week I should be staying in the 190's.

I don't think I ever understood this before. First of all, I never stayed on track this long to study my body and its habits. Second, I'm pretty sure I never lasted long because I didn't understand my body. I see a 2 pound gain in the middle of every week.. this is because I do heavy lifting and extreme cardio and my body is not only holding on to water, but I am building muscle. I remember doing Tae Bo for hours a day and seeing the pounds drop.. but then see a 3 or 4 pound gain and I would fall into a depression and find the closest cookie jar. Today I know that it is water.. it will go down again.. I am doing fantastic. Who knows what I will learn about my body next month? LOL Not only am I finding myself (physically, emotionally,spiritually) but it feels like I am meeting my body for the first time. Who said meeting new people isn't fun!

I did my run this morning. 1.5 miles in 26 minutes.. a snails pace, but a pace none the less. I also did my lower weight circuit. Tomorrow is a rest day.. but I'm thinking of doing at least a 30 min stroll on the tready just to keep my legs from tightening up too much.

I am cutting out carbs today. Not for any other reason then because I ate a lot of them yesterday.. and I don't want them to be the cause of a gain next WI. Lots of protein and veggies today.

A big hug to all of you for being such wonderful blogfriends! I wouldn't be this successful without all of you cheering me on!

Monday, October 15, 2007 - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Day 31:199.5

Holy cow I did it! I broke the iron chain and made it into Onderland!! Granted, it is only by half a pound.. but who cares!! I'm there.. I'm rockin'...I'm....feeling a little bit sick! LOL I really pushed myself in my workout this morning and I think my body wasn't ready to be pushed. I am sipping on water and trying to calm my stomach. Blah! I guess I got a little excited about Onderland and wanted to get a really good sweat going. I ran and then did my upper body weights.. only I added some extra push-ups and sit-ups into the routine...I think that is what pushed it a little. It felt good though...

The weekend was good. Got a lot of things done and had fun with the kids and hubby. I didn't run Saturday.. lazy.. that's all I can say.

I am noticing my rings are starting to turn a lot... Its been a long time since my wedding ring fit comfortably.. It's these little things I notice that keep me going everyday. Thank God for the little things!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Day 29

A friend of mine emailed this to me.. and I want to thank her for it. I think it is great motivation for mothers to keep on doing what their doing.

I’m invisible.

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, "Can't you see I'm on the phone?"

Obviously not. No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I'm invisible.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this? Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, "What time is it?" I'm a satellite guide to answer, "What number the Disney Channel?" I'm a car to order "Right around 5:30, please."

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.
She's going - she's going - she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out-of-style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a banana clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, "I brought you this."

It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: "To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when one one sees."

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

* No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.

* These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.

* They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it." And the workman replied, "Because God sees."

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, "I see you, Charlotte . I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become."

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table." That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, "You're gonna love it there."

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

"It is a poverty that a child must die so you may choose to live as you wish." "How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers." Mother Teresa - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Day 28:202

4 weeks down... and still chuggin' along.

Did a great run this morning. One of those runs where you don't even want to look at the treadmill when you wake up.. but then you make yourself get on and when your done you feel 10x's better then ever before! Getting that done made it easier to hop on the bowflex and get my lower body weight circuit done.

There was a one lb weight gain.. but, again, I think its all water. The great thing is that my WI day is the day after my rest day.. and as long as I drink plenty of water I should be great.

I had a NSV (non-scale victory) last night. I put on a pair of PJ bottoms and got ready to cook dinner. The whole time I was cooking I had to keep pulling my pants up. I guess I didn't realize I was doing it until I saw Hubby snickering at me.
"um, I think you need a belt"
"What?.. no I don't"

That is when I looked down and saw that the elastic waist was barely hanging on to my hips. It was kinda of a sad moment when I had to toss those PJ's away.. (Hubby was quietly doing the victory dance, he hates me wearing pajamas) I found a pair that had an adjustable string and tightened those up a little. The good thing is, as I continue to lose the weight I wont keep trying to hide behind baggy shirts and pajama bottoms!

Have a fantastic Friday.. I will see y'all on Monday for my WI day!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Day 27:201

Ohhhhhhh yeah. Not only did I lose the water weight.. but I am now half a pound under last weigh in!! whooop! And the best part is I SAW IT...yes, for a second, I saw the magic number before it settled on 201. soooo close!!

I think Laura may be right.. my muscles are holding onto a lot of water. Yesterday I took the day off from running and weight lifting. Drank a ton of water and just relaxed. I guess my body let it all go.. and here I am! So, I guess breaks between workout and runs are good. I rearranged my schedule so that I have a break from working out and running twice a week. Here it is:

Monday: Run/ Upper Body Weights
Tuesday: Run/ Lower Body Weights
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Run/ Upper Body Weights
Friday: Run/ Lower Body Weights
Saturday: Run
Sunday : Rest

I really like this schedule.. and I think it will allow the time my body needs to recover. Just like the schedule, I ran this morning.. 1.5 miles. Then did my upper body circuit. It felt really good...

Tomorrow will be day 28.. 4 weeks of healthy living and running! Now I KNOW this breaks a record for me. But what really blows my mind is that I am ready for the next month! I am not worn out.. I am not bored.. I am not feeling starved..


Today is Thursday.. which basically means CSI!! Whoo hoo.... but it also means laundry and cleaning.. I hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day 26:203

Ugh.. a gain. But my wedding ring is tight.. so I'm thinking its just water retention. I know that I am looking better because for the first time in 3 years I fit in a size 14 pant! Which means I have gone from wearing 18.. to slipping into 14's in 3 weeks. That is awesome!

Yesterday was my mom's birthday.. and we celebrated! She came over and spent the day with the girls and I.. hanging curtains, building chairs... and playing! I baked cupcakes as fat free as I could get them.. and managed to just eat one! Then sent the rest home with mom. I did my run yesterday.. it was the Week 3 run, and I finished it and felt great. I continued on to do my lower body weight lifting.. and this morning I am extremely sore, so I am taking this morning off from running. I will focus on drinking lots of water.. and maybe get a walk in this afternoon.

I have 5 days until my next weigh in... and if I want to see Onederland, I better get on it! Happy Hump Day!

Monday, October 08, 2007

WI Day 24:201.5

Today is my Weigh In.. and no change. Which can be a good thing. At least I have managed to maintain. So it takes me another week to get to Onederland... at least I will have deserved it!! I also remember hearing that while losing weight at a steady pace you will see a big loss one week and a small loss the next. I dont know if not losing any weight counts.. but for my sake lets say it does!

I did not do any exorcise this weekend, as running 5 days in a row exhausted my legs. It was a good idea, this morning I ran with a new found energy and even managed to run for 5 minutes straight.. a record! I am supposed to be on Day 1 of Week 4 of C25K... but it killed me. In fact, I could not finish it. So I am going to repeat Week 3 and try week 4 again next week. Hopefully by then I will have dropped a couple of more pounds and will be ready to move on!

Food is great. My portions are great. I am finding it so much easier to pass up the junk food and go straight for the nourishing stuff! .. and if I do happen to be craving sweet.. I go for a Cliff Bar. Have you tried these? They are delicious.. and are not too bad in calories, as long as they are not your 2nd or 3rd snack for the morning! LOL

Water is flowing! I have been drinking 16-18 cups of water a day. Crystal Light has saved me a couple of times as well! No sugar, low in calories... and sweet.

Today I have a friend coming by to hang out and talk... always a welcome event! I will see y'all tomorrow!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Day 21:203

Wow... 3 weeks today! I honestly don't think I have ever lasted this long on a healthy lifestyle!! LOL Lets keep it going!!

So a 1.5 lb gain today.. I'm starting to notice a pattern. When I eat a lot of bread and salt.. then I usually see a gain the next morning. What does that tell me? Quit eating so much bread and salt!!

I'm not going to worry about the gain... today I will focus a little harder on my eating and water intake!

I also feel good today because I ran my regular run today.. and yes, I had to push freakin hard to finish it.. but I did! I got off the treadmill feeling pretty good about myself. I also had my lower body weight lifting circuit this morning.. so my legs and butt are really sore. Tomorrow might be a forced break from running.. we'll see how they feel in the morning! I am really hoping to see that 199 mark on Monday.. but I'm not going to freak if I don't. So it takes me another week.. eh.. I can do it!

In the back of my head is the thought that I might sabotage myself again. I have been close to Onederland twice before.. and twice before I gained it all back + more. I think that may have been the cause of yesterday bread/crackers/popcorn splurge... but I woke up this morning with a little more *umph* to get it done. I'm sick of 'trying' to lose weight damn it.. I'm doing it and its going to get done!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Day 20:201.5

Ahhhhh... back down to 201.5... I am really hoping to see that 199.9 mark on Monday morning. Whatever the number is, I am feeling great. Yesterday I put on a pair of pants that I have not been able to wear in over a year. I put them on and they fit very comfortably. In fact, they fit better then the day I bought them!! LOL .. so no matter the number on the scale, the results are definitely starting to show.

Yesterday food was great. I made spaghetti for dinner, which is a huge temptation for me.. I can eat plates of spaghetti in one sitting. Anyway, I measured out one cup (which is actually a lot!) and stopped there. Later on I felt hungry.. or at least my brain was thinking it was time to eat again.. but my belly seemed to be content... so I drank another glass of water, took my fiber and went to bed. This morning I felt really good about it...and the scale thanked me too!!

It is day 20!! I cant believe I have come this far. The more I think about it the more I get motivated to keep going. I cant wait to see how I turn out!! LOL. It's like opening a present wrapped in string... and only unrolling it a tiny bit everyday. Eventually that roll of string will unravel and reveal the body of an angel...hopefully a Victoria's Secret Angel!!! LOL

I ran this morning... for some reason I wasn't as motivated so I stopped at 18 minutes, 2 minutes short of my usual run. Now that I think about it I could kick myself for stopping. What I have learned from my running friends is that you have to push through it... and keep pushing until eventually it moves all on its own.

So, here is to pushing through it! We'll see y'all tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Day 19: 202

yes, a gain.. but I'm not surprised. Yesterday was a weight lifting day.. and I ate way too much bread, sodium AND didn't drink enough water. That's ok, today will be better.

The circus was a blast. The girls got to ride an elephant... and didn't want to get off! My oldest was so tired but didn't want to miss a thing.. we left half way thru it because they were falling asleep.. but it was still a lot of fun. A nice break in the middle of the week!

Woke up this morning and was a little sad about the gain, but went straight for the tready and ran. I know that my weight will fluctuate, but I have to keep at it to see the BIG results!! OH.. and last nights outfit!!! The shirt was too big and falling off the shoulders... the pants, the last time I wore them they would snap open every time I sat down.. but not last night! They fit great!

Nothing too exciting today. A trip to the store and more laundry. Ahhhhhhhhh.. at least its Wednesday! Two more days till the weekend.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Day 18:201.5

I was glad to see the 201.5.. but was holding my breath to see 200. I'm pretty sure that I will be dropping below 200 sometime this week... I'm just a little impatient! LOL .. The last time I was in the 100's was in 2003, right after I delivered my first daughter. I came home weighing 196. Eight months later I was pregnant again... and gained another 40 lbs.

This morning was a lower body weight training followed by a 1.36 mile run. I am slowly, and I do mean slowly, becoming more comfortable running. My legs are getting stronger and my lungs are burning a little less every time.

Food and portions have finally worked themselves out now. I am listening to my body and stop eating the second I feel a little bit full. (which is happening alot faster these days.) Since I am eating less, and less often, I am really focusing on eating healthy. Organic most of the time... anything full of vitamins and nutrients. I am noticing a huge difference in my energy during the day.

So, today I am off to do the usual house chores.. and then tonight a special treat. A circus has come to town and will be performing tonight and tomorrow night.. so hubby and I are taking the girls! I cant wait to see their faces when they see an elephant in real life!! How fun!!

See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Day 17:201.5

Today is my Weigh In and I am down -2.5 lbs!! Yippeeee. Only 1.5 lbs before I am back in the 100's. I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT!!!!

Yesterday was great. We got an unexpected call from my brother saying he was in the city and that he would love to visit with us. So we packed up the kids and drove to the city where we met him and my mom for lunch. I hadn't seen him is 6 years.. and he looked fantastic. My husband got to meet him for the first time.. and I think they got along pretty well. My brother also got to meet my girls for the first time... they loved their Uncle!!! We ate at Red Lobster, so I was able to stay on track with my diet by having a baked salmon and salad.

This morning I was worried about running. I didnt run Sat or Sun.. so I felt that I may have lost my 'mojo'..... but I kicked butt!! I ran my Day 1 of Week 3 for the C25K program and felt great. On top of that I did a full upper body weight lifting circuit. I'm sleeping good tonight!!

Now that I am so close to the 100's.. I am going to have to be super good this week!! Hope y'all have a great Monday...