Saturday, December 26, 2009


Hey everyone!

Yes, this time of year is super tough! I have eating SOOOOOO many treats this past week that I know are so bad for me. My stomach is starting to feel it again and some of my jeans are a bit snug. YIKES!!!! Okay, I made it through this week and now it is time to move on!

I was able to get a 5 mile run in on Tuesday (which just about killed me!) and another 3 miles today. So 8 miles Christmas week is not too shabby. Next week my goal will be a little higher with some weight training included.

My next goal.
I have decided that I have to ALWAYS have a goal or I will slack on the exercise and healthy eating. My husband and I have decided that we are going to do our next marathon in May and another one in September. Then in between we will do some 5ks and 10ks. I love having something to look forward to and reach for.

I am going to start writing down my points again, which I have not done in WEEKS!! I want to be accountable for what I put in my body.

I hope you all have a GREAT week!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Okay, this morning I forced myself out of bed again at 5:30 am. I went to the gym and rode the bike for 1/2 an hour on level 4, doing 90 mph. Then I decided to do the Elliptical for 15 minutes. After that I did about 50 crunches. I was not feeling it as much today as I was on Monday. I came home after my workout and was a major grump. Hopefully my body will get used to doing this again.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. We decorated sugar cookies last night and I think I ate half the batch! I love this time of year but I am so ready for the temptations to be out of my house. My husband & 2 daughters are doing "sugar free" in 2010. They will have minimal sugar during the week and then can have all the sugar they want on Friday nights. They did this in 2007 and it was great for them. I am not able to commit to anything SUGAR FREE. Sorry!! I gotta have my white, sweet, candy fix!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Do it NOW!!!

Do not wait to start on your way to a healthier YOU!!! Yes, this is the time of year to eat lots of yummies & goodies but why not throw in some exercise, too? I wish I would have started doing that years ago instead of just this year!! This weekend we did a lot of our Christmas baking and I enjoyed every last drop!!!! You can still have a great season without depriving yourselves, just make some changes like adding a glass of water, etc.

This morning I decided I wanted to get up at 5:30 am to exercise for 1 hour. Well, the alarm went off and I hit snooze. As I was about to fall back to sleep the radio kept making weird noises on my alarm clock (which means I hit something else when I hit snooze). I took that as a sign that I needed to get my bootie out of bed and just do it!!! I made it to the gym by 5:45 and then ran for 5 miles on the treadmill (my goal was 2!) Then I did 5 different upper body machines for 3 sets of 10 reps. I really need to tone up my flabby arms again!!!

I hope you are all having a fabulous day and I just want you to know that you are worth it!!!! Just do it!!

Friday, December 11, 2009


Yes, I know it has been over 2 months since I have updated My Pink Loser. I am so sorry about that!!! I will do better in the future. I promise!!!

My family went on a Disney Cruise 2 weeks ago and I ate a TON of good food but I remembered to run on the ship. It felt so good to exercise when I knew I wasn't eating right. Here is a pic of me in the Bahamas.

Today is Friday and so far I have only ran one day and it was for 4 miles. I also weighed in at Weight Watchers and I am still in my Lifetime range. I weighed 124.2. I remember this time last year and I didn't really care what I put in my body. At least this year I am conscious of that even though I am still enjoying the goodies.

Hope you all have a great day!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Last weeks stats!

Hey guys!

Well, I have to tell you that it was pretty hard starting to run again after my marathon. I was sore for almost an entire week! The first time I ran was last Monday and I was able to do 3 miles! Then I took a couple of days off and ran 4 miles on Thursday! My foot had been hurting for the week after my marathon and was continuing to bother me so I went and had an xray on Friday. The doc said that it was fine and so I could continue to run. I achieved my goal of 8 miles on Saturday morning!! GO ME!!!

This week I am going to try to exercise at least 5 times. I am going to run 5 miles today, 6 miles on Wednesday, 4 miles on Thursday and then we have a 5K on Saturday. Tomorrow I am going to do something else, like the bike.

Hope you all are doing great!!

Also, at my last WW meeting I was 125.6. I have gained some weight back but I really took the entire week off from working out or eating right. This week is going to be better!! I hit Lifetime at WW 2 weeks ago!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Marathon Pics!

Hi Everybody!!!

It seems like it has been forever since I've updated this blog! Life has been sooo crazy! I wanted to post some pics from the Top of Utah Marathon that me and my DH ran on September 19th. It was an experience of a lifetime. I ran it in 4 hours and 31 minutes! Not bad for a first timer!!

Here I am with my new Gypsy on the plane. I just got this the day before and was so excited to take it with me on my trip. For those of you who don't know, the G is the new Iphone of the scrapbooking market!!

Here I am ready to go in my cute new pink outfit! I found this the day before at Target. The pants were so super comfy for the run. Great choice of clothing! I did have to take off the long sleeve shirt before the run even though it was freezing!

I had this shirt specially made for this marathon so that when my blog viewers saw me they would yell out "Go Pink Stamper!" Unfortunately I didn't hear that my entire run but I knew they were all there in spirit!

I had to take a pic by the bus, right? After all, I am a scrapbooker first! We rode on this bus for around 45 minutes to drop us off at the starting place up in the canyon. I couldn't believe I was going to have to run down that long stretch!

Here I am with my cute running partner..... my husband! It was so fun to train with him for the past 3 months. We have a great new hobby that we can do together since I can't seem to drag him into my scrapbooking room and I'm not really interested in football!

I did it!!! I am an official Marathon Runner!! I cannot even believe it. It still feels like a dream. 26.2 miles is a loooooooooong distance and I ran most of it with a smile on my face. It was the coolest experience ever! We had such a blast that we are already talking about doing it again next year. We must be nuts!!

I was so very blessed to have been able to get a massage after in the massage tent. The lady that was giving it to me couldn't believe that I would fly all the way from Oklahoma just to run a marathon! The massage was very relaxing but kind of painful, too, since every muscle in my body was on fire!

So....... would I recommend doing a marathon???? You betcha, I would!! It was the best experience I have had in my life next to childbirth and joining my church. What an incredible thing to accomplish in my lifetime. If any of you would like to do it, I will support you 100%. Just shoot me an e-mail anytime you have any questions!

Blessings to you all and thanks for your support!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

20 Miles!!!!

So my DH and I had a goal of 20 miles this past Saturday AND WE DID IT!!! The last mile was the hardest. My legs almost wouldn't move themselves and my toes were killing me. I found that I had more endurance than I had 2 weeks ago when we ran 18 miles. I honestly cannot believe that I ran 20 miles in 3 hours 24 minutes!! That is like a total miracle!! If someone would have told me 7 months ago that I would be running a marathon in 8 months I would have told them that they were crazy..... BUT we are doing it and we are right on track!!!!

Here is a pic of me from 2 Sundays ago.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another Week!

Hey everyone!!

This week I have really stuck with the WW point system. It really worked as I lost 3 pounds and am almost back to where I was 3 weeks ago!! You go up and down a lot during maintenance.

Hope you all are having a great week!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Great Marathon Message

Checking in!!

Hi Everyone!!

Yesterday the goal for my long run was 14 miles.  I did it!!  My toes felt A LOT better in my new shoes but were still a little sore.  Next week is our last SUPER long run of 18-20 miles and then we go to 12 miles and then 8 miles the Saturday before the marathon.  It is coming up quickly and, honestly, I can't wait for it to be over.  I am excited to achieve such a goal but I am ready to go back to regular working out.  These long runs on Saturdays are a big commitment and we also have to pay a babysitter for the 3 or 4 hours that we are gone, too.  

Okay, I need to leave a great tip that I have learned the hard way.  DO NOT EAT HALF A WATERMELON the night before a long run!!!  My stomach was very upset the last half of my run and ALL day yesterday.  Wow!  I didn't realize that would do that but it did.

Hope you all have a great day!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

So much better today!!

This morning I woke up and took some Motrin before heading off to the gym after the kids were off to school.  My toes were still killing me but I was determined to run a few miles.  I just can't lose this momentum in my training or I will not make it in the marathon.  I got on the treadmill, set the speed to 6 and ran.  My toes really killed for the first 2 miles but then suddenly the pain stopped.  I was able to run 6 miles at speeds of 6.0-7.0!!!  It is now 9pm and my toes still do not hurt yet!!  I'm sure they will be a little sore in the morning but I am going to let them rest tomorrow so I can run my long run of 14 miles on Saturday.  Next Saturday is my last super long run before the marathon and then I will be able to slow it down until the big day.

I also rededicated myself to the WW plan yesterday.  There is no reason that I have gained back 3 pounds of my big 4.2 loss.  I have just been lazy.  I am trying to drink lots more water and have healthier snacks and a lot of popcorn!!!

Hope you all are having a great week!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I am totally not having a good week so far with my training or weight loss!!!  My toes are KILLING me and they have some sort of fungus/infection that resulted from my MAJOR blisters on Saturday.  I had a great run on Saturday but my toes paid the price!!  I have not been able to run all week and it is already Wednesday.  This morning I got up and went to the gym to do my 9 miles for my training and was not able to endure 1 minute on the treadmill because one of my toes was hurting so bad.  I think I might go to the doctor.  I might have to have one of my toenails removed.  Yep, it hurts that bad!!!  I ended up doing the bike for 40 minutes but it was not the same.  I miss running!!  I don't like feeling injured.  

Yesterday I got new shoes hoping that they would help with my toes.  Well, it looks like the person that fitted me 3 months ago accidently put me in a size that was 1/2 a size too small!!  I should have been in 8's these past 300 miles and I was in 7 1/2's!!!  The girl told me that this is probably what started my toe problem.  I am hoping that these new shoes will work wonders.  They aren't as cute as my pink running shoes but they will do the trick.

Today I am going to go and get weighed in at Weight Watchers and I am fully expecting to have gained at least 2 pounds this past week.  For starters, I ate 2 HUGE pieces of lasagna last night before I went to bed.  What was I thinking?????  I just had a really emotional day yesterday with it being the first day of school that I couldn't help it.  I am going to start new today and try to have a GREAT week!!  

Sorry for such a negative post but I wanted to share my ups AND downs on my journey.  Please keep my toes in your thoughts.  I really want to be able to run the marathon in 4 1/2 weeks.  :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Marathon & Other Stuff

Okay, so you all know that I had a horrible week with training last week, right?  Last Saturday I just wasn't feeling the long run and the rest of my training was also a big flop.  I was starting to doubt my ability to even accomplish such a HUGE goal.  Well, this week, so far, is going sooo much better!!!  

I gained 1.2 pounds this week but I wasn't that disappointed as I had such a big loss last week.  This is to be expected.  I did change my goal weight, though, down to 125.  I am 5 feet 4 inches for those wondering. 

This morning was a perfect day for a long run.  The weather was overcast and slightly cool.  The wind sucked, though!!!  I didn't have any problems for the first 13 miles but then started to majorly doubt myself at that point.  I even started to cry and told my DH that I couldn't do this anymore.  That I was not cut out for the Marathon.  I was not a runner and was just kidding myself.  At that point my little toe on one foot started cramping.  I just stopped running and sat down in the grass.  I was at a VERY low place of my run.  I took off my shoe & sock and massaged my foot.  That seemed to help because I was able to get up and start running again.  I just endured.  Most of it was not fun at all but from mile 17 to mile 18 I listened to my favorite running song, by Miley Cyrus called The Climb, over and over again!  I was able to get a huge second wind and pick up my pace majorly!  I finished the 18 miles (which was my goal for today) in 3 hours and 10 minutes.  That is really not a bad time at all for my first go at it!!!  I am actually starting to think that I can do my marathon!!!  It is on September 19th, so I only have 4 more Saturdays to do long runs.

I just wanted to check in with everyone!!  Can you believe I ran 18 miles today???  I can't either!!  Honestly, I think that at mile 18 I could have run for another mile or two.  I just didn't want to push it today.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weight Watchers Meeting

Okay, so I had felt like I might have lost .4 today and hit my goal weight but I had not idea what I lost.  When I stood on the scale at my WW meeting my leader told me quietly 4.2.  I said I gained??  She said... "No, you lost 4.2 pounds!"  I then repeated her and said "Are you sure??"  I had to keep checking then I SCREAMED for everyone to hear!  WOW!!  If you check my progress on the right side you will see that I have never lost more than 3.4 in one week and that was in the first week of my journey.  To say I am excited is a complete understatement!!  I hit my goal weight of 127 today but I think I am going to lower it to 125 pounds.  My leader told me I could let her know next week.  I just feel that I have a little bit more to lose in my belly.  I'm a little nervous, though, because she told me she wanted me to increase my points by 4 every day!!  I told her that I am a little nervous because I am afraid that I am going to gain my weight back.  Even though I am at the end of my journey I feel that it is really just the beginning.  I am feeling that the maintaining part might be the HARDEST part of the entire journey!!!!  

Saturday, August 1, 2009

14 Miles, Baby!!!

I cannot even believe that I am writing this.  It feels like a dream.  Today I ran 14 miles around Lake Hefner non-stop (except for that 1 quick porta potty break).  It was exhausting, hard, and I wanted to completely give up at mile 8.  I turned to my DH and said "I've got to stop!" He simply said "NO!"  Okay, usually he is like, "Okay, honey, if you need to stop then do it".  But today he just knew that I had it in me and I needed to endure and keep running.  Well, that is exactly what I did.  I just kept RUNNING!!!   and RUNNING!!!  and then some more RUNNING!!!  Believe me when I say that the last mile is the HARDEST of any run!!  Sooooo super long and it lasts FOREVER!!!

Anyway.  I now have officially run more than a half a marathon!!!!  Only about 6 more long runs to go!  Next week my goal on Saturday is 16 miles.  YIKES!!!!  Is that even possible???  We will soon find out!!!

I wanted to share my running stats for the week.....

Monday - Ran 6 miles

Wednesday - Ran 9 miles!!!

Saturday - Ran 14 miles!!!!

Total miles ran for this week = 29 miles!!!!!  Double YIKES!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

I love sweat!!!!

I know that sounds sooo totally gross but it is true!! When I workout I love to sweat! I don't feel it is a good workout unless my shirt is soaking!!

Today I ran 6 miles and it was a GREAT sweat day!!!!

Last weeks stats

Saturday - Ran 12 miles!!!  (yaaaaaa!!  I can't believe I did that!)

Friday - Ran/walked for 4.25 miles (3 miles of it was running)

Thursday - Bike for 14 miles

Wednesday - Ran for 8 miles!!

Tuesday - Nothing

Monday - Ran for 5.25 miles!

Total miles ran this week - 28.25!!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Bring Your Own Toilet Paper!!

Yep, that's right.  The gross truth about running and porta potties.  I hate those things and I swore I would never use one but a funny thing happens after you've run 6 miles......... you've just gotta go and you DON'T care where it is!!!!

Last Saturday when we ran around Lake Hefner and I did 10 miles I had to use the porta potties.  I was lucky when I came to the first one and there was TP left but when I got to the second one it was empty so I had to hold it!!  Today when I ran I wore a "fanny pack" (another thing I swore I would never wear!!), and in my pack I put some kleenex which I was soooo grateful for!  Neither one of the porta potties had TP today but I was good to go!!

Okay, I know you didn't need to know that but I just felt like some of you would totally understand!!!

I ran 12 miles today!!!!!  Can you believe it??  This is my record and I am right on track for my marathon training!!!  It was very hard and I am very sore but I know that I can do it!!  I feel like I have some "nay sayers" in my life who don't think I can run a marathon in 7 weeks but those of you who know me know that that just makes me want to do it more!!!  To prove to myself that I CAN do anything I set my mind to!!!!  

Next week we are running a 1/4 marathon plus a 5 K which is around 10 miles.  Then the following Saturday we will be up to 14 miles and so forth.  I cannot believe I am going to run a marathon so soon but my body just feels like it is ready.

Hope you all have a great week!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hanging in there!

Hi guys!

I am having a really hard time with food these past 2 weeks.  Since I have been home from vacation I have been eating whatever I want!  That is a big problem!  I should be losing weight but I'm putting it right back on.  Even though I have been running like CRAZY!!!  Hopefully I get a  hold on the food again!!

Today I ran 5.25 miles on the treadmill.

Saturday - I ran 10 miles around Lake Hefner!!  (Next week I will try to run 12 miles around the lake).

Friday - Bike for 1 hour (14 miles)

Thursday - Ran for 6 miles!!

Wednesday - Walked/ran for 5 miles

Tuesday - Bike for 1 hour (14 miles)

Monday - Ran for 6 miles

Total miles ran last week............... 25 miles ran!!!!!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009


So we did it! We are officially registered for the Top of Utah Marathon in September. I have 9 weeks to train. This past week I was under the weather......... again........... so I was unable to run or even had a desire to run. Today is Monday and I am going to start fresh.

I have started "another" blog for my marathon training. If you want to see how I am doing with that then check out....

The Pink Runner

I will keep this blog for my weight loss with a little about my training. Hope you all have a great day!!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Updated Picture

Here is the latest pic of me. I bought this outfit when I was in Utah. Isn't it adorable??? I can only say that because I didn't pick it out!! I love it but it doesn't work very well on windy Oklahoma days! I felt like Marilyn Monroe when I was coming out of Sam's Club. :)


That is how I am feeling today. I don't want to work out. I am not eating right. Uggghhhh!! I have no desire to run either, which I normally look forward to. My DH and I are supposed to be training for a Marathon that we are doing at the end of September. Am I crazy?? Did I just say MARATHON????? Our 10K went AWESOME in Utah. The only thing was..... I had NO supporters!! Both sides of our family knew we were going to be running and were not able to come out. I was a little disappointed but what can I do. I kept waiting for someone to yell out my name or to meet me at the finish line but that never happened. I had my BEST time, too!! I ran the 6.2 miles in 58 minutes!! That totally rocked!! Anyway, my DH wants to go to Utah to do the Marathon there but I don't want to fly all that way to run a Marathon by ourselves. I would just rather do one locally where we can run with friends and have some supporters there. I hope I am not sounding too harsh, I'm just in one of those moods. I feel better getting it all off my chest. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Goal for the month

Running goal - 75 miles this month.......

July 1 - 3 miles
July 4 - 6.5 miles
July 8 - 5 miles

Friday, July 3, 2009

Our Hike

I just wanted to share this picture because I cannot believe how small I look in it. I honestly don't feel that small. Must be something with the lens.

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Picture

Hi Everyone,

I thought it was time to post an updated picture. I'm not sure if this skirt does me justice or not but here it is anyway. This was taken yesterday, just around 6 months since I started my journey, 37 pounds later!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I am feeling MUCH better today! YAAAAA!!! I was able to go to the gym and do the bike at a level 3 for 1 hour and go for 14.6 miles. Then I worked a little upper body and a little lower body. I finished by running 1 mile in 8:34!!! That's my record for 1 mile!!! I set a goal to run the entire mile at a 7.0 speed. I even was able to bump it to 7.5 for about 2 minutes!

Yesterday I ran a 5K on my treadmill to get myself going again. It was kind of hard since I haven't been feeling well this week.

Hope you all have a terrific week!! I leave for Utah on Monday and I need to get everything ready today!!

Monday, June 22, 2009


I woke up this morning just feeling super yucky!! I'm glad it hit me this week instead of next week, though. We fly out to Utah next Monday night and I don't want to be sick on my visit. I have already had 7 points today and it is only 10:45am!!! I'm not sure if I am going to work out or not. My legs feel fine but my chest is congested. I might just walk for a bit.

I hope you are all doing well!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

YAAAA and OUCH!!!!

Today my DH (dear husband) and I went on our long run around Lake Hefner. The goal was to try to get around it once without stopping to walk. WE DID IT!!!! We ran for 9 miles outside in the heat, wind, and little hills!!!! I am sooo amazed that I was able to do it. My new Garmin watch totally helped because I was able to see how far I've come and how far I had left to go. I work really well with challenging myself and I really need to see where I am at. That makes a HUGE difference!!!

I was doing AWESOME on the run but at about mile 8 I noticed that I had this terrible BURN under my arm. The skin had all been rubbed away and it was chafing!!! OUCH!! It still hurts terrible!!! I guess next time I will prepare better for that by using the special glide sticks that they sell!!!

Here are my stats for the day.....

Ran for 9 miles

Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes!!!! ( a new record for me!)

Calories burned: 1380!!!!

The best part about today's run was that at around mile 7 I got this tingly feeling in my body and felt that I could do anything!! I got this at around mile 8, too! I told my husband that it was my body saying to me "I LOVE THIS!!!!" He said that it was my body's way of telling me that it was time to go home. LOL!! It was a hot day but it really wasn't that hard on me today.

My new favorite gadget!!!

Yesterday my new non-craft related gadget came in the mail. It is the Garmin 201 GPS watch. I was going to get a higher model but after doing much research I found that the $129 Garmin was best suited for me and my purpose. It is SOOOO awesome!! We used it on our long run today and it showed the pace I was running, the time, the distance and I also was able to see how many calories I burned!! There are bunch of other cool buttons on there, too, but not sure what they are for. So, if you are in need of a good running watch........ I highly recommend the Garmin 201!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I think I'm crazy!!

Okay, so I didn't even work out yesterday because I had my WW meeting in the morning then we had a pool play date at my house and we had over 25 kids here swimming and lots of moms, too. It was a VERY busy day!!! Oh ya, I lost another .4 pounds. I know it is small but it all adds up. I'd rather lose almost 1/2 of a pound than gain .2 of a pound!!!

Today I got up, did some chores, and decided to take my youngest little boys to the gym to play in the kids area while I worked out. my goal today was to run on the treadmill for 1 hour non stop at a 5 pace. I was trying for endurance today and not speed. I only lasted for 2 minutes at a 5 before I bumped it up to 6.5, then 6.0, then 7.0, and back down. You are going to freak when I tell you how many miles I RAN today!!! Okay, are you ready????? I ran for 9 miles straight without stopping!!!!! It took me 97 minutes!!! I just kept going and going!!! I am wiped out tonight but I am happy to see that I could do it. Maybe a marathon is not that far in the future for me.

I have to say this....... While I am running I don't love it but when I am done I do! I never knew that I had this in me and I am amazed every day! My body is really slimming from running. I can eat more normal, too, now that I am working out for at least an hour a day. I still try to stay within my point range, though. :)

I hope you are all having a fantastic week!! My DH and I are going to try to run around Lake Hefner again this Saturday. Wish us luck. The goal is to make it around the entire lake without stopping. :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

A running date!!

Tonight (Friday) my husband and I decided to make our date a running date.  We drove out to Lake Hefner and tried to run around it.  It is 9.4 miles around the lake!!!  We ran about the first 4 miles of it and then walked for about 2 then ran for around 2 and walked the last mile.  It seemed like SOOOOOO long of a trail.  I don't know how marathon runners do it.  It was very beautiful, though, and I did get some quality time with my husband.  We are going to try it again this Saturday to see if we can run a bit further.  Wish us luck!!  I think we must be crazy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Weight Watchers

Well, it was kind of lonely without Karlee there but I still was able to speak up and be myself.  I even demonstrated the plank for the entire group of women and men!!!  I was excited to have lost another .2 pounds!  I thought for sure I had gained at least 1 pound.

Wednesday's workout was one hour on the treadmill with walking and running.  4.37 miles.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday Check In

I'm doing a lot better today, so far.  I went to the gym this morning and did the bike for 1 hour and 13 miles!  Then I worked upper body, did about 8 minutes on the treadmill, and worked my abs.  It was a pretty good workout.

So far I've eaten....

Oatmeal (2 points)
Banana (1 point)
Fiber One bar (2 points)

For lunch I am going to have....

A large salad (1 point for the dressing)
Ham sandwich (3 points)
Apple (1-2 points)

For my snack I am going to make some popcorn

Dinner I will eat with my family but make sure I have lots of vegetables and eat a small portion of what they are having.

I earned around 5 activity points today!  Yaaaa!!  That means I can eat more!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Kind of sad & a 5K

Today my BFF Karlee moved away so I was really sad.  I tried to stick to my WW plan but just needed some extra munchies to make it through the day.  I don't know how I'm going to do it.  Karlee is my WW buddy and we go together to the meetings every Wednesday, then get Subway afterwards, and usually find something to do together with our kids.  It is going to be a lonely meeting.  Anyway, I got on the treadmill today and ran a 5 K in 29:28.  My record is 29 minutes even but I was pretty close to that.  I am noticing that I am getting really competitive with myself.  It's weird because I have never thought that I was athletic and now I am starting to feel like I am.

Hope you all are having a great summer!!  

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I ran a 10 K on my treadmill!!!!

I was going to try to do a long run today of 5 miles.  I wasn't in the mood at all and had been putting it off until after lunch time.  Well, I got on that treadmill, made it to the 5 K mark, then the 4 mile mark.  When I got to the 5 mile mark I called my DH in the workout room and asked him if he thought I should just go for it.  He told me yes.  So I did!!!  I finished the 6.2 miles in 63:4o!!!!  I have done one other 10K on my treadmill and I finished that in 67 minutes.  I was in total shock that I did it!!  Maybe I will be able to run a marathon next year after all.  I just can't imagine it now but it just takes baby steps.  :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It's Official!!!

I am in the 120's!!!!  I feel like this is the hardest I have worked for weight loss in the past 5 months!!!  It has taken me 2-3 months to arrive in the 120's!!!!  I lost 1 entire pound this week and I ate out twice, had dessert 3 times, but I did work my hiney off in the gym!!!  I am sooo super excited!!!  Here is the exercise I have done this week so far....

Saturday - Met a friend at the gym.  Walked/ran 3.5 miles, worked upper body.
Sunday - Rest
Monday - Walked/ran 4.75 miles (1 hour), swam for 20 minutes (laps), worked upper body.
Tuesday - Ran for 1 mile (9:38 minutes), walked ran for another mile, Biked for 1 hour (13 miles!!), a little upper body (bench pressed 55 pounds 3 sets of 10)
Wednesday - Not much yet but I plan on walking/running for 1 mile.  Trying to let my legs rest today.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thursday Check In

Today I worked out for 2 hours at the gym!!! Here is what I did....

45 minutes Water Aerobics
25 minutes 4 laps (200 Meters)
29 minutes 5 K (Woo Hoo!)

My legs were not sore this morning when I woke up like I thought they would be. My upper body is SOOO SORE today. Yesterday when I worked my upper body I did some bench pressing with just the bar. Well, that used some muscles in some places that are not used to getting a workout. I am going to remember to add that into my weekly workout. It feels good to be a little sore. Now, a lot sore, is very different!!

Tomorrow I am going to hop on the bike again and ride for an hour and do upper body again. Saturday I am going to do a long run. Hopefully it will be 5-6 miles. I will run at a slower pace but hopefully it will build my endurance. I might even hop in the pool again and do some more laps. That was very refreshing!


I did VERY well with Weight Watchers today. I gave myself 8 points for my workout this morning but only used up about 4 of those. That is fine with me. I was able to have lots of chocolate today while still getting all my vitamins & produce in.

I hope you all are having a terrific day!!

Please leave me a comment!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Deep Thoughts and Checking In

Hi everyone!!

Is there anybody out there?? If you are reading this will you leave me a quick comment?? Today in Weight Watchers we talked about losing our motivation. I feel like I'm a bit on the verge of that. Do you know what keeps me going????? YOU!!! I can totally FEEL your love and support for ME and that makes me want to try my hardest!! Thank you for everything!!!

At my WW meeting I had expected to have gained about 1 pound but was so surprised when I lost another .2 pounds. I was so happy that it was negative!!! I do feel, though, that is taking me FOREVER to get into the 120's!!! I have lost a very small amount in the past 2 months!! I am totally going to hang in there. I only have around 10 pounds to go and then my challenge will be maintaining my weight loss.

Here is my deep thoughts for today............... I cannot BELIEVE my transformation. I do not mean that in a boastful way, I just mean that I cannot believe how different I feel in my own skin. I still have quite a bit of chubbiness in my middle area but it is not nearly as HUGE as it was before. I feel so WEIRD!!! I honestly thought that because I have had so many children that I was forever going to have my "baby fat". That is the excuse, I mean name that I called it. It feels so strange to me to be able to wear jeans and not have them so skin tight and just uncomfortable. Today I put on my new pair of "boyfriend" jeans from the Gap and they are SOOOO comfortable!! That is one of the benefits to a healthier lifestyle....... comfortable clothes. Okay, I don't mean my old excuse, I mean sweat pants that I used to say I wore because they were so comfy. I mean clothes that FIT me, are cute, and comfy!!

I am really enjoying my new running phase of my life. I have some pretty big goals for my future and I know I can achieve them with the right training. Here is what I have done this week.......

Monday - I got up at 7 am (it was even a holiday!) and I ran on the main road by my house (very hilly). When I got home I hopped in my car to see how far it was that I just ran and it was 2.6 miles. Pretty good for not timing it and just trying to get a good run in.

Since this was a holiday I did TERRIBLE with my WW points!!! We had a BBQ at our house that was potluck and there was some pretty yummy dishes that I had to try. I ate pretty good when everyone was here but when everyone went home I had a hamburger and I took a bag of Doritos to eat in front of the TV! That was my old habit but I felt justified. It was a holiday, right!!

Tuesday - First thing I did this morning was dump both bags of left over chips down the sink!! I didn't want that temptation anywhere near me!!! I got on the treadmill later in the day and walked/ran for 3.5 miles. My toddler needed me at 45 minutes so I wasn't able to get a full hour in. My tummy hurt anyway (ummmm, can you say FATTY FOOD Monday fighting back!!)

I did really well on my WW points for Monday.

Today I went to the gym and decided to give my shins a break. I did the bike for 1 hour and then worked upper body. I'm SUPER sore today!!!

These are the best socks EVER!!!  Balega brand running socks!!

I love my new Asics Nimbus running shoes, too!!

Hope you all are having a fabulous week!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Checking in!!

Hi everyone!!!

Here is the most current pic of me.  My daughter took it of me today.  How current is that??  

I ran my 2nd 5K yesterday and it was great!  I even placed 3rd in my age group.  What a rush!!  My family and I are going to do a Fun Run in about 2 weeks.  We want to get them introduced to running and kind of get a feel for what we do now.  

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Second 5K Race

Can you believe I ran another 5K race???? A friend of mine talked me into signing up for another 5K race that was scheduled for today and I am so glad she did!! Karlee & ,I along with our husbands, all had a blast running today's 5K. Us girls ran it in 30:43, which beat my old time!!! We both also placed 3rd in our age group!!!! I GOT A MEDAL FOR RUNNING!!!!! I feel like a running STAR!!! Of course I know, it's only a 5K, but to me it was SOOOO super BIG!!!

Here are the pics of the day.....

It's so neat that my husband and I now both share a running hobby. We have many goals for the future that we want to accomplish TOGETHER!

Here is me and Karlee after the race. We sent our husbands out to the car to get our cameras so we could capture it all on film. We must be scrapbookers, huh??

Funny story.... Just about 2 k's into the race we noticed that there were some runners now running our direction. We totally thought they were the marathon runners who had started 1 1/2 hours before we did. We were cheering for them, screaming, telling them they are AWESOME!! Then we realize that they are the 5K runners!!! At the halfway point you have to turn around and come back!! We were only a little bit behind the people we were cheering on!!! Honestly, when we thought they were the marathon runners our speed picked up, our energy level got higher, and we just were pumped. After we realized that we were in the same race then it was pretty funny. :)

After we were done running we thought it would be fun to go back out on the course and cheer the marathon runners on. Karlee and I were doing cartwheels, "WHOOOOING", and doing kicks for them! Some of the marathon runners loved it and we felt that it also annoyed some. :) It was soooo super fun, though!! I really want to attend marathons just so I can be a cheerleader for them and keep their spirits up. What an amazing accomplishment for them!! We are setting a goal to run a marathon in October 2010. Just 1 year and 5 months away!!!

Here is a pic of Karlee and me with our 3rd place medals. We both placed 3rd place in our age group. Of course they were 10 years apart!!! What a fun day. I am going to miss Karlee sooooo much when she moves in 2 weeks!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Update!

Hi Everyone!!

Well, I went into Weight Watchers expecting to have gained .2 pounds (I just haven't been 100% this week with my eating plan), and I was very surprised to find that I lost 1 entire pound!!!  I got a 25 pound award to put on my keychain!!!  If you remember correctly, I had lost 8 pounds on my own and another pound not accounted for with WW.  That makes my total weight loss at 34 pounds!!!!  Can you believe that??????

Thanks for all your support!!  I just have 10.4 pounds to go!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

You are NEVER going to believe this!!!

I decided to challenge myself today on the treadmill and run as far as I could.  Can you believe I ran a 10K without walking any of it????  I DID IT!!!!!!  It was really HARD but I did it!!!  In high school I could not even run a mile and now I am running 6.2 and I am 36 years old!!  I sure feel young in my mid life!!

Hope you are all having a great day!!  I weigh in at WW tomorrow.  Wish me success!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi everyone!!

I hope you are having a fantastic Mother's Day!  This is the MD dress  picked out for myself from my family.  I feel very comfortable in it.

This weekend when we were at the cabin I did not eat very well at all!!  I tried to watch what I was eating but I know I had many more points than I was allowed.  It is okay to take a couple of days off, I know that, but I am always afraid in the back of my mind that I am going to go back to my old ways.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Crazy Thursday!

Yes, it has been one of those days!!  Very busy, crazy, and a lot has not gone right.  Here is what I've eaten so far....

21 points for the day

WW Shake (3 points with milk)
Vitatop (1 point)

Too busy for a snack (bad Robyn!)

Meal Bar by Southbeach Diet (3 points)

Snacks (lots of them!)
WW cookie (1 point)
WW Caramel bar (1 point)
(I added another point for eating both at the same time )
Apple (1 point)
WW ice cream bar (1 point)

I ran 1 mile in 10 minutes so I will give myself 2 points for that.  :)

*I have 12 points left for dinner and snack after dinner

WW 5 point meal

7 points left

*Ran 2 more miles and did weights (4 extra points!) 11 points left!

Ham sandwich (3 points)
100 calorie cheetos (2 points)
ww bar  (1 point)
Fiber One bar (2 points)

3 points left!!

6 glasses of water so far!


I know I am not supposed to weigh myself at home but I just couldn't resist this morning.  Drum roll please................ I weighed 129.6 at home!!!!  I don't think I've been in the 120's in YEARS.  I'm not too tall and I have a petite build so this is okay for me.  Weight Watchers scale would have said 130.6 since it is 2 pounds heavier.  I just hope I keep staying motivated.  I have had a difficult past 3 weeks.  I just want to be healthy and fit in my clothes without feeling uncomfortable.  :)

How's everybody else doing?  Got any tips you want to share?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I stink!!!

Yes, I stink........ literally and IT FEELS GREAT!!!  I just finished a 10K on my treadmill!!  It took me 82 minutes but I don't care!!!  I ran the first 5K and then I ran/walked the other 5K.  I cannot imagine running a 10K but I think I might set that goal for the Fall.  I'm pretty sure I can do it by then.  

I've decided that I am going to keep my eating log and exercise log here everyday since so many of you have e-mailed me and want to know what I eat throughout the day.  Remember that I am on the Weight Watchers plan.  Their meetings are also very helpful to me.  

Daily points (21)

Breakfast - 
WW Bar (1 point)
Apple (1 point)

Fiber One Bar (2 points)

Subway Turkey 6 inch sandwich (no cheese) (5 points)
Vitatop Muffin ( (1 point)

Snack - 
Protein Milk Shake WW (3 points)

Exercise (80 minutes vigorous..... 6 miles!) (earned 7 points)

I still have 15 points left for the day!!!
*(I forgot to log the rest of my points today!!)

Oh ya, I finally have lost some weight again!!  I had gained .8 pounds 2 weeks ago and lost .4 of it last week.  This week I lost 1.4 so I am officially down 1 pound!!!  I worked very hard for that 1 pound!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

It's a new day!!

I have a new attitude this morning. Today is a new day and I am going to try to be my best. I'm not going to worry about everything I did wrong last week I am just going to start again.

Today I got up at 5:30 am and decided to go to the gym instead of working out at home. I got on the treadmill and ran a 5K!!! I beat my time of 30:58 by 8 seconds!! I had to run at a really fast pace of 7.0, 6.5, and 6.0. That was kind of tough but not as hard as it would have been a month ago. I'm slowly building up my endurance and it is the neatest thing!!

Here is a pic I took about 2 weeks ago. I need to remember to take more pics so I can chart my progress. Maybe the scale doesn't always show it but I can feel it in my clothes for sure. This shirt is size small. I have always been rather large on top (forgive me for my frankness) but since I've been working out I don't have that problem anymore. :) I didn't think I would ever be able to wear a small. It felt great!!

Friday, May 1, 2009


Hi Everyone!!

It's been awhile since I updated.  I'm still drudging along slowly.  I have some ups and some downs.  This week I wanted to try to run a 5K on Wednesday.  I got on the treadmill and ran until I reached 3.1 miles and then I just kept going!!  I ran 5 miles straight!!!!  Then I continued to walk until I was at 6.25 miles!  That is an amazing accomplishment for me.  I actually ran 5 miles!!!!!

You all remember that last week at WW I had gained .8 pounds.  Well, this week I lost .4 pounds so I am still in the plus.  I have rededicated myself to do better.  Wish me luck!

I hope you are all having a fantastic week!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Check In

Hi everyone!!!

Today I ran a 5 K on my treadmill!  It is the first time since last Saturday that I did it.  Once I was finished running the 3.1 miles I continued walking until I made it to 5 miles.  I burned 700 calories!!  It felt good to run but it is just SOOOO long!!  I get bored really easy even when I am watching a program I like.  I don't know how marathon runners do it.

Anyway.  I hope you all have a fabulous day!!

Friday, April 24, 2009


I know you are asking yourselves, how can Robyn be discouraged this week after accomplishing so much last week?  Well, I am!!  I went to my WW meeting this week and I GAINED .8 pounds!!!  I know that everyone does that once and awhile but I just didn't think it would have been this week.  I have worked so hard.  I even did 9 miles on the treadmill on Wednesday.  I am just going to rededicate myself.  I'm so hard on ME and I don't know why.  I should be thrilled.  You are not even going to guess what size jeans I am in???  Are you ready for this?????  Size 4!!!!  I practically completely skipped size 8 & 6!  Yes, that is very exciting!  I never thought that I would even ever be a size 6 but now I am size 4 bottom and a small top.  Hope you don't think I'm bragging because I am not at all.  I am just really shocked at myself.  This is why I should just be happy!!  I just don't want to gain anymore weight back.  Once it's gone I want it gone forever!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I DID IT!!!!

I cannot even believe I did a 5K run yesterday and I ran the entire race!!! I was not even one of the last like I thought I would be. My time was 30:58. It was very hard and at times I didn't think I could continue running but I did. There were a lot of hills which made it really tough but I just endured. The last K was very hard and I had to keep playing Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" over and over. It really isn't about where I started or when I finished it is about my journey. We learn so much as we push ourselves and try to achieve goals that we never thought were possible. Those of you who know me personally know that I am NOT a runner, or better yet, I WAS not a runner. I am now. I truly enjoy it. I cannot wait to run my next race. Just hearing the sound of feet hitting the pavement, silence, and then the songs on my Ipod. It was surreal and I cannot even explain how it felt. I encourage all of you to make a goal to accomplish something you have always wanted to do but never thought possible. I bet you will be surprised at how far you get if not all the way. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday Check In

Today I went to Weight Watchers and was surprised to see that I lose 1.2 pounds. The reason I was surprised was that I took Friday night off (girls' birthday) and Easter off. I actually had a lot of junk this past week. It was good for me to see that I can still do good even if I have an off day or two.

Another fun thing was that on Tuesday morning I ran another 5K on the treadmill and beat my time by 1 1/2 minutes!! My DH and I are doing our first real 5K this Saturday. I'm kind of nervous because I have never ran outside but I know that it will be fine.

So far this week I have done 13 1/2 miles on the treadmill and it's only Wednesday! I'm going to take it easy on Thursday and Friday so my legs will feel good for Saturday. My shins started acting up again today. Time for a little break!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday Update

Yesterday I did the most I have ever done in one hour on my treadmill. I ran/walked 4.38 miles and burned 675 calories!!! My legs hurt so bad last night because I did some of the running at an incline, which I usually only do walking. Our big 5K is this Saturday and I hope I am ready for it. The weather is supposed to be nice so I will just bring my headphones and hope for the best. I am so super excited to get a T-shirt!!!!

I have to make a comment on some of the comments I received on my last post. I just want to say that I was very happy before I started this journey but just not happy with my body. I have always been known to be very bubbly and excited. I think that my before picture was just taken on an off day. I don't want anyone to get the impression that I was a down and depressed person before because I was not at all. I just had some body issues and energy issues. Of course, I do feel HAPPIER now but I was still happy back then. Did that make sense??

Today I am going to go to the gym and work out. I will be taking my boys to Mother's Day Out in a few minutes so I will just work out on their treadmill and bike today. I then have to come home and get caught up on my laundry. It's funny how that multiplies when you are sick!!

Hope you all have an incredible day!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

April Picture

Okay, I just took this picture of myself about 1 minute ago. I am just about ready to go workout but wanted to get a "now" pic done. Of course, I don't have any makeup on and I just rolled out of bed a bit ago. :) Just wanted to track my changes. Hope you all have a wonderful day!! Remember to drink lots of water and get some exercise in!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Another Before Pic

I was just browsing through my photos the other day when I ran across this pic I took of myself last July!  I guess I was going to get in shape back then but I don't know what happened.  I guess it didn't last very long.  I cannot believe how different I look and feel.  I hope I never let it go this long again and that I continue to exercise and eat healthy.  It is a great feeling.  

Here is the before pic.....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Going Great!!!

Last Thursday I ran an entire 5K on my treadmill for the first time. It took me about 34 minutes. I was sweating so bad but it felt great! My big "real" 5K is this upcoming Saturday. I'm so super excited!!

Last week at WW I lost 2.8 pounds. I really wasn't expecting that as I kind of had a "snicker binge" moment at my house 2 nights in a row. Ooops!!!

I have been sick since last Saturday with a head cold. Today my head hurts SOOOO bad but I was able to get 4 miles done on the treadmill this morning. Still going strong!!!

Not drinking enough water. Need to do better.

Getting kids in bed and going to bed myself SOON!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

24 Miles!!!

This week I was on my treadmill for 24 miles!  I did 1 hour & 4 miles every day!!  I cannot believe I did it.  I usually take Wednesdays off and I usually don't do 4 miles every single day.  What a great feeling that is.

I've also decided not to weigh myself in between my Weight Watchers meetings.  I was getting too discouraged at home.  I will just be patient and wait!

A quick Pink Loser Recipe for you all....

Banana Pudding Sunday (3 Points)

1 small banana sliced up in a bowl
Pour 1 60 calorie container Sugar Free chocolate pudding
Add 2 Tbs Fat Free Cool Whip

Mix and eat!  It might only be 2 points but it is so good that I count it for 3!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A "before" pic and a "current" pic

This picture was taken on January 24. Just 19 days after I started my journey. Wow, I can see that I've lost a lot of weight in my face.

This picture was just taken on Saturday. I still have about 15 pounds to go but I cannot believe how different I look. Even to my children.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Monday!!

I just weighed myself on my home scale and it actually said 133.2!!!  I cannot believe it!!!  Just 3 1/2 months ago I was at least 162.  I have almost lost 30 pounds since then.  I'm not going to lie, it has NOT been easy.  In fact, this past week I was almost ready to throw the towel in and just maintain where I was at.  I didn't make it to my WW meeting because I knew that I had not lost any weight due to it being Spring Break.  I just have felt really down about the entire thing!  I am going to change that attitude this week.  I know I can do it!!  I LOVE to exercise, it makes me feel good.  I love fitting in my clothes and not feeling uncomfortable all day!  

I hope you are all doing well.  Just hang in there!  We can do it together!!!!  

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Check In

Today I got up at 5:30 am and worked out on the treadmill for 1 hour. I ended up doing 4.25 miles. Can you believe it???? I can't either!!! Remember when I was struggling to get to 1 mile?? Now I am up to at least 4 a day???? I increased my running speed to about 7.5 and 8.0 for a minute or so. It feels so good to sweat that much. Is that gross?? I don't care because I know that all that sweat turns into pounds lost! YAAAAA!!!

I hope you are all having a fantastic day!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Quick Check In

Hi all!! I'm here in Branson and we are about on our way home but I wanted to check in first.

On Wednesday night we drove half way and stayed at a hotel for the night. I got up at 5:45am on Thursday morning and worked out for 1 hour in the hotel's weight room. Then instead of getting the AWESOME Continental breakfast they had ready I went ahead and had some stuff that I packed. I had already ran/walked 4 1/2 miles in the morning, did I really want to do that now??

Thursday we arrived in Branson and I did great watching my points!!! On Friday morning (yesterday) I got up at 7 am and worked out for only 1/2 an hour at their gym BUT............ I made it count!!! I actually RAN for 2.2 miles STRAIGHT!!!! Some of it was at 6.5, some at 5.0 but I still RAN the entire 2 miles! YAAAAA MEEEE!!! I didn't do as well with the food yesterday but, HEY, I'm on vacation and at least I worked out, right???

This morning I was going to get up and work out but a child threw up on me at 4am and we had another one throwing up for the past 24 hours. Wish us luck on our 5 hour drive home today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009


Hi everyone!

I just wanted to check in and let you know how I've been doing! I have noticed lately that one thing that I am gaining is ENDURANCE. Just a little over 2 months ago I could barely walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. I am happy to say that I can now do 4 miles a DAY on my treadmill and not be totally exhausted afterwords. That is a MAJOR milestone for me. I really cannot believe it! The funny thing is that I actually enjoy it now and look forward to my morning workouts!! I did 4 miles this morning, 4 miles on Saturday, and 4 miles on Friday!!!! WOW, is all I can say!

Here is my deep thought to share........... I honestly didn't think that I could do it in the beginning. I have always had the excuse that I could not run because of this or that. I just didn't want to push myself and try to climb that hill for fear. Fear of what, I cannot tell you but I just didn't think I could do it.

I heard a great quote from one of the episodes from The Biggest Loser, it went something like............ "To say you'll try is to give up with honor". Wow, that is very deep!! I don't want to give up. I want to do it!!

I hope you all are doing FABULOUS! My mom is here visiting and she is also doing WW. We are leaving for Branson, MO in a couple of days and are going to have a blast!! I'll check in when I return. We are staying at some condos that have a workout room so I will still be able to get my daily workout in. Thank goodness!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Quick Check In

I'm very moody today BUT........... I'm back in the 130's and it feels great!!! I'll post more later and share what I've been up to!!! I worked out for 4.1 miles this morning!! YAAA!!! It didn't even kill me like last time!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm going to bed hungry again!!

It all started last night about 2 hours before bed. I was out of points and STARVING!!! Instead of just blowing my WW I decided to just go to bed. A new day of points was just 7 hours away and I knew I could do that. It worked! I wasn't as hungry this morning and felt great! Tonight I'm also hungry but I am going to bed in a minute so that is okay. I can do this!!!!

Tomorrow marks my 2 month mark since I began on January 5th. Wow, what a journey. Today at Weight Watchers I received my 10% keychain and my leader asked me my thoughts. I told her that I just have to keep telling myself that I know I can do it. Even when I don't want to. Last week I just felt bloated and like I couldn't do it but instead of giving up the program, I just did it with a bad attitude. You know what I'm talking about............. "UGGGGGGHHHHHH, I don't WANT to eat a 1 point yogurt!! I WANT to get a Big Breakfast from McDonalds!" But........ I made it through a really tough week and was even able to eat out with some friends on Saturday night which was super yummy!! I even got to order and eat what I normally would have. I think the key to success with weight loss is this.............. everything in moderation. Yes, I can have that yummy chocolate cake once in a while but I cannot have it every night!!! Popcorn is just as satisfying as ice cream. Okay, I lied on that one but you get my point.

Today I took the day off from exercising. My body just needed a break. Now that I know that I can and will do the exercising part I'm going to try to feel what my body is expressing. If my legs are sore and weak then they need a day to rest. I am going to be raring to go tomorrow morning.

My mom comes out to visit next Friday and last time she saw me I weighed about 162-164 and I am now 140!!!! My family hasn't seen me like this since before my 3rd child. I honestly used to just think there was no hope for me and that it would be impossible for me to lose any weight. I thought that because I didn't have as much to lose as those people on TV that I wouldn't be able to do it. I am so happy to prove myself wrong every day!!! Okay, back to my mom! She is also doing WW so it will be fun to be able to prepare and eat the same goodies during her visit. We are going to Branson, MO for a few days so that might be a challenge but together I know we can do it.

Okay, I took some pics of me last Thursday so I will post them and post some other pics of me before I started my journey. Even though I don't like to look at them....... it was me, and that is what my family sees and loves me as. This is more of a heath thing than anything else. I just want to have energy again! I feel it coming back!!

Night night! Hope you all are doing great! Please share your journey with me, too!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday morning Check In!

I was able to do 2.5 miles on the treadmill again today. My legs were feeling great and then just got a little sore when I was doing my 6.5 mph speed. I'm happy to just mix it up during my cardio. I did upper body today at the gym and I think I am getting a little bit stronger.

Things I have added to my diet are...... Calcium supplements. That is supposed to really help my legs and bones. I hope so!!! Also, I've added a multivitamin every day. I think that is going to really help with a lot of things, too.

Yesterday at church I was able to fit into a dress that had been too tight to even zip up or button recently. It was actually too big!!!! Weird!!!

I am doing Weight Watchers now and not even following the Jenny Craig program. It was great to get me started but now I am loving the WW. It is very flexible and I am having chocolate EVERY DAY!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Check in

Hi everyone!!

Today I got up at 5:45am after sleeping in for 2 days! That was kind of tough. I wanted to get back to my morning schedule on the treadmill instead of doing it in the afternoon. Here was my workout this morning.....

*Treadmill for 2.5 miles (350 calories burned)

*Gym - Upper body workout

My legs were really killing me by the time I was off the treadmill and at the gym but they are feeling much better now. I guess I just needed to work through my pain.

I don't feel like I have lost a lot of weight but people are noticing a change in me and that is exciting. I did look at some pics that were taken a few months ago and I cannot believe the difference, just in my face!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday Check In

I slept this morning instead of getting up at 5:30 am to exercise. Today is the last day I am not going to workout on the treadmill. My legs were getting really bad and even this morning they ached a little. I think they will be ready by tomorrow but I am not going to do 4.1 miles again. Probably just around 2.25 or a little more.

Not much else going on around here. Just feeling "blah", hope it passes soon!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I overdid it!!

I was so excited yesterday morning when I did 4.1 miles on the treadmill!!!  I didn't realize that it was going to kill my legs later that night.  I am still in a lot of pain, I didn't even work out this morning!!!!  I guess it's good to take a break from running anyway, even if it is just for 1 day.  I was doing so well!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday morning check in!

HI everyone!!! I am feeling very good this morning! I got up at 5:30 and then went to the gym first to do upper body and abs (because my DH needed to go to work early). Then I came home and did an aerobic interval on my treadmill for 45 minutes. I was on there for 3 miles and 400 calories!!!! That is the most I have ever done in the morning, though, I did do this same interval on Saturday afternoon. It was invigorating!!!! I love it!!

Last night we had some friends over after church for dinner and I went ahead and ate everything I made along with them. I didn't even count any points or calories. Of course, it was just spaghetti, broccoli, & healthy chocolate muffins. If I did count it it would have probably been around 12 points total and that is what I had left for the day. I did have a 1 point tapioca a couple of hours later but that is just fine. I did not feel too full but felt very satisfied. This is what I need to be learning. I want to get back into normal society with a new mindset. It has been around 7-8 weeks since I started and I feel that I have come a long way!!!

I hope you are all having a fabulous day!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's a Callous!!!!!

Finally, all my hard work at the gym is paying off!! Today I noticed a callous on my hand!! This is definitely from working with weights for 7 weeks straight!!! What an accomplishment. Is it weird that I find this exhilarating ??

Monday, February 16, 2009

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

I decided that since last night was a special occasion that I was going to take it off.  My DH & I went out to eat at Mimi's Cafe and it was wonderful!  We got an appetizer tray & actually split a main coarse in half.  I don't think I've ever done that before.  We had planned on getting dessert, too, but we were just too stuffed.  

I think that I am going to take one night off every 3 weeks.  That seems like it will be something fun to look forward to and something that I will have earned.

Speaking of earning....  I rewarded myself with 2 Cricut cartridges for losing 12 pounds since January 5th.  I am going to do something for every 5 pounds I lose.  It is a way to keep me motivated.

On another note.... I am still really sick!!!  I didn't work out as hard as I wanted to everyday because of this silly cough but I still did work out everyday.  If it doesn't go away by Tuesday I am going to go to the doc and get a chest xray.  I hope it's not walking pneumonia.  It sure feels like it, though.  

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Check in

Well, today has been the first day that I have not worked out in almost 6 weeks!!! I WILL eventually get on the treadmill this morning but I didn't sleep very well. I still have a cough and my arms are killing me. Yesterday afternoon I thought it would be a good idea if I drained the pool cover (since it has rained a bunch in the past 2 months), and scoop all the leaves out of there. It didn't really hurt at the time but when I went to bed my forearms were really hurting. I woke up a few times in pain. This morning they are better but I just knew that I wouldn't be able to lift weights this morning. Plus, my 4 year old DS is still very sick. He just needs his mommy today. I'm not very motivated and feel very BLAH!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Feeling Better

I still have a yucky cough but I was able to get to the gym today after I ran on the treadmill. It felt good. I'm sure that working out and eating healthy has helped me fight this virus. Normally I would have been in my bed for at least a couple of days. I did take a 2 hour nap yesterday but I really needed it.

Today I only had 25 minutes to workout on the treadmill since I got up late so I just ran at a faster pace and longer. I still did 2 miles (YAAAAAAAA) but I did it a lot faster. It felt really good. My lungs didn't kill me as bad.

Yesterday I started Weight Watchers again. I am still doing Jenny Craig, too. Weird, huh?? I like the way JC is set up with their daily meal planning but I like the flexibility of counting my own points and eating with my family. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday's Update

This morning I woke up with a cough and was totally congested. My alarm went off at 5:30 and I had a decision to make. Was I going to sleep for another hour and a half and hopefully feel better or was I going to just get up and workout anyway. I chose to just get up and work out. Even though I was hacking a little on the treadmill, it felt really good to work out my body after taking a Sabbath break yesterday. Here is what I have done today.....

*I actually ran/walked for 2 miles today!!!! That is my goal for this week and I am excited that I did it on the first day. I have decided that I am not going to run for big stretches anymore. My right shin is really acting up and I don't want it to get any worse. I am walking for 2 minutes and then running for 2 minutes at 6.0. Towards the end I just walked at an incline. I was sweating up a storm and burned 250 calories during the 27 minutes I was on there.

*At the gym today I worked my upper body. I am getting a little bit stronger and able to use heavier weights now. I really am feeling the difference.

Saturday when I was at the gym running on their treadmill my size large workout pants started falling off. Hmmmm, I guess that is a good sign, huh?? Yesterday I was able to zip up one of my church dresses without sucking in or without the help of my husband. That is a big accomplishment, too!!!

I'm happy to lose my weight slow and steady as long as it continues to come off. :)

Friday, February 6, 2009


On Wednesday I was sick for a bit in the mid morning- afternoon. It kind of just snuck up on me. Even though some of my food was coming up I still tried to get down 1200 calories. I totally felt better by the next morning. I was still a little queasy yesterday and a little bit today but I'm pretty much back to normal.

This morning I went to the gym for an hour and did my treadmill there and upper body. I ran/walked for 1.75 miles and burned 200 calories doing that. My shin splints are starting to hurt on my right leg so I am trying to take it easy and not do inclines or run too much for a bit. I don't want to have aching legs anymore.

The diet part is going great! I've actually started doing Weight Watchers along with Jenny Craig. I just make sure that I don't exceed 1200 calories or 22-24 points. I am able to have more of a variety in my menu. I have been making muffins & cookies for my kids everyday that are healthy and have been eating them along with them.

Life is good and I am feeling really healthy. I have been weighing myself at home and I know that I shouldn't be. I was actually down to 143.6 for a day but am now sticking with 144.0 which I am very happy about. Of course, the JC scale is about 2.5 pounds heavier.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Journey

Hi everyone!

I haven't updated in about a week or so because simply, I was just not in the mood. Life seems to have been busy and the kids also had 3 days off last week due to an ice storm. That kind of slowed things down a bit.

I just wanted to take a minute to blog about my journey. I know that this all started because a friend and I wanted to do a Biggest Loser challenge but it has turned into so much more than that to me. Honestly, I didn't even want to start it in the beginning. I just didn't feel like exercising! Now that I have been doing it for an entire month today, I look forward to exercising every morning. I haven't skipped one day yet! I am going in to get weighed and measured in about an hour so we will see how that goes. I can tell that I am starting to change and others around me can see it, too. That is the most important thing. Pounds don't really matter. Plus, I am lifting weights 6 days a week, too, and really toning my body. I am soooo glad that I started this journey. I have an entire different outlook on my life and my children's lives. Things have really changed around here. For example, I am making them healthy snacks when they arrive home from school, and I am making a conscious effort to cook them healthy food for lunches and dinners.

This week I am doing 1.75 miles on the treadmill. Yesterday I ran for 16 minutes in a row of that. Today, I kind of sprinted for 1 minute increments. I felt like I got an equal workout for both.

We have on our calendar the 5K we are running. It is ............................ April 4th!! Wish me luck!!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Update

Well, we have kind of been ice/snowed in for the past 3 days so I haven't been able to go to the gym in the mornings. Just too icy that early in the morning. I have been able to do the treadmill, though, which has really helped. I've been VERY hungry this week. I think it is because my kids have been home and I am stuck indoors watching them eat their snacks and food. Today I took them all to go see "Hotel For Dogs", and I passed on the popcorn and treats. That was kind of hard but I did it. I am hoping that I can lose more than 1 pound this week.