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.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Okay, so it's only 1 pound!!!!

I went in to weigh in today because we are expecting an ice storm this afternoon and I just knew that I wouldn't want to drive in it tomorrow morning.  I didn't want to be stuck without food for a few days.  :)  When I weighed in today, a day early, I had lost 1 pound.  I am totally fine with that considering that I ate out twice, and had a fancy breakfast in bed, too.  :)  1 pound lost is better than 1 pound gained.  (Can I have that saying copyrighted?)  Anyway, today has been a pretty good day.

I ran/walked 1 mile (but I plan on doing another mile this afternoon).
1 did 75 abdominal exercises
1 worked my upper body at the gym

I haven't had any water yet so I need to get on the ball!  

I hope you all have  a great day!  It's supposed to be super yucky here!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

It's my birthday!!!

Today I slept in until 8am!!! I didn't even realize it. My DH & I decided to head on over to the gym since the kids were still at a friend's house. I did 1.25 miles on the treadmill and I ran for 12 minutes STRAIGHT in that mix!!!! That is the most I have ever run at a time. I felt PUMPED!!!! I also worked my lower body & abs.

Last night we went out to Longhorn restaurant for dinner and I PIGGED out!!!! I had a 7 oz steak that was sooo super juicy, a Caesar Salad, some of their bread with butter, and half of a SUPER large apple cobbler!!!! I was so stuff that I didn't want any popcorn when we went to see Inkheart later.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I'll check in later!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm DRIVING the wagon today!!

Yep, I'm back up and going. I only took one night off and I didn't even eat as much as I thought I would!! Plus, I ordered water with lemon instead of my usual strawberry lemonade. YUMMY!! That would have added another 600 calories, for sure!!

This morning I got right up when the alarm went off at 5:30am. I headed for the treadmill where I walked/ran for 1.5 miles. I was able to run for 10 minutes straight again which I haven't done in a few days. I then went to the gym and worked upper body and abs. It all felt really good.

I weighed myself AGAIN this morning because I wanted to see how much damage I did last night. To my surprise I was down another .4 pounds. My DH said that it takes 3 days for fat to kick in from splurging. I am not going to let that happen. I am going to try to do the treadmill again for another 45 minutes. I just need to figure out how to stretch certain parts of my legs, especially the shins, because they are starting to feel tight.

Tomorrow is my birthday! YAAAAAA!! We are supposed to go out as a family for dinner but I don't know if I will be able to do that. I'm thinking now that I will get take out from our favorite place and I will just have my JC dinner with them. I have already splurged enough and it was sooo worth it! I don't want to press my luck!

I hope everyone is having a great day. I have one more request. PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT IF YOU STOP BY! Pleeeeeaaaaasssssseeee, with Splenda on top!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It was soooo worth it!!!

I decided not to fall off the wagon too bad!  This afternoon I skipped lunch with my DH and just came home and had my Jenny Craig lunch.  Tonight I went out with some girlfriends for a birthday dinner, and this is the yummy dish that I had.  I actually only ate about 1/4th of it before I was stuffed!!!  In the past I would have gobbled it all up.  :)

Falling off the wagon

Okay, I am going to officially fall off the wagon today. My DH wants to take me out to lunch for my birthday and I am going out with my girlfriends tonight. At first I was just going to get a dry salad but now I am thinking that I am going to just have fun!! Tomorrow night my DH & I have an entire night without the kids so we are going to go to the movies, out to dinner, to make some pottery, and then have breakfast in the morning. I will start up again on Sunday. I just feel that I don't need to be so extreme about this. I can see changes and I am hoping that 2 1/2 days don't totally ruin it for me. Oh, and, by the way....................... YES, I am having some birthday cake! It's my birthday, good grief!!

I will be a stickler again starting Sunday. I'm sure my kids will want to go out to dinner on Saturday night for my birthday, too. :) I'll just enjoy this while I can.


This morning I was soooo super tired and did not want to wake up at 5:30.  I ended up sleeping in until 6:00.  The reason I was so tired is that I stayed up late watching a show that I taped.  I usually go to bed between 9:30 and 10:30 and last night I went to bed at midnight.  Hmmmm.  I don't think that is enough sleep for me!!!

Funny thing......  I went ahead and walked a mile on the treadmill before I went to the gym and worked my lower body.  After I got home I did my usual routine of getting in the shower.  Here's the funny part..... when I was getting ready to hop in the shower I realized that I had put my sports bra over my regular bra and was wearing 2 bras all morning!!!!  I was so tired last night that I went to bed half dressed!!!

I weighed myself again this morning, which I really need to stop doing, and I compared myself to my weight BEFORE I was sick during the holidays.  I have lost 12 pounds since the first week of December!!!!  Of course, I'm not counting the first 7 pounds that I lost but it is fun to see my progress!!  I still have quite a journey to go but I am going to hang in there.  I'm starting to see little results and feel that my pants are a little bit looser, or just not so tight. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I just did 3 miles on the treadmill!!!!

Okay, so I was so ready to just jump in my bed, pull up the covers, and take myself a sweet little nap. I was almost asleep when I decided that I'd better get on the treadmill instead. Especially since I didn't have time to do it this morning. I only ran on it for 5 minutes but I walked for 55 minues, 3 miles, and around 300 calories!!! I just talked on the phone for 45 minutes of it and the time went by so fast! Anyone want to call me every morning at 5:30am???? How about I call you, I'm sure you wouldn't mind, right??

Anyway, I am feeling SOOOOOO much better!! I just really need to make sure I do this 6 days a week and don't take any time off. My feet are now officially killing me, though. I should soak them now. :)

Blah, blah, blah!!

This morning I met with a personal trainer at my gym. It was just an assessment and he did a lot of weird tests. Basically I have a lot of % body fat. HELLO.... I didn't need a test to tell me that! LOL. I don't think the PT did a lot of good so I am not going to continue with the next 3 sessions. He wants me to sign up for a session which is $600. Ummmm, I don't think so. Not this time around at least. He did show me some neat exercises to do some deep pressure point massaging. I didn't realize I was that stiff!

I got on my Wii Fit this morning and it said I have lost another 3.1 pounds since last Thursday. I have lost a total of 10.2 pounds on there since 2 weeks before Christmas. I was soooo sick during the Christmas break that I lost a few pounds. When I started up this challenge on January 5th I wasn't back up to my normal weight. I think it was better for me to just keep losing weight instead of trying to gain it back just so I could lose more. Doesn't really make sense!

My DH told me to go ahead and buy a flat screen TV / DVD player to put in front of the treadmill. I think that will really help me not to get so bored. I tried it out yesterday afternoon and walked another 1/2 mile without even realizing it. I think I was in my fuzzy socks, too. :)

Today I am just feeling BLAH. It's still my "woman" time so I am going to take it easy. I didn't get to do the treadmill this morning because of my meeting so I am going to hop on it during naps and just walk a mile or two.

This morning I had oatmeal, 1 cup of cantaloups, and 1 cup non fat milk for breakfast. I am still stuffed and BLOATED!!! Hopefully this feeling will pass really soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bye Bye Pounds!!

I just weighed in this morning and I lost another 2 pounds. That is 5.4 pounds total in two weeks! I am very happy with it coming off slowly. Hopefully I will see another 2 pounds next week!

Checking in today...

I am in such a "blah" mood today.  I have no energy and just feel, well,............... BLAH!!!  I got up this morning at 5:30 am to start my workout on the treadmill.  I did a mile and that was all I could do.  It's my woman time, if you know what I mean, and I just feel yucky AND bloated!!!  I go to weigh in in about an hour and I just feel heavier today!!  I'm sure this feeling will pass by tomorrow or Thursday.  I hope so!!  

My birthday is Saturday and my DH & I have an overnight babysitter for Friday night so we can just hang out in the city and do fun things.  I decided to take out the birthday dinner.  I just don't want to take 2 steps back after taking 1 step forward.  We are going to go watch Inkheart, go to a pottery making store (which I have never done), maybe get a massage (for me only), and just have a quiet night.  I don't think I want birthday cake this year either.  That is a first for me.  I always get a Cold Stone birthday cake, and pretty much eat over half of it.  I think I will just have a Jenny Craig Cheesecake with a candle in it.  That is rich enough for me these days.  

I have felt a little more in shape lately, and I was even able to do 3 pushups last night!!!  Watch out women bodybuilders!!  Here I come!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I did a pushup!!!!

Okay, it wasn't a real pushup (as my DH would say), but I did do a "girl" pushup!!  I don't know when the last time was that I did that.  I feel that I am accomplishing baby steps towards one big goal.  How exciting!!!

I am still sticking with my JC eating plan and it is wonderful!!  Tonight for dinner I had chicken fajitas and they tasted just like the ones I get from the restaurant.  I even sautéed some extra onion and green pepper.  Delicious!!  I still have one more fruit to eat tonight and I am still full from dinner.  

Another small accomplishment for me was the cookie challenge.  It is basically the same as the brownie challenge I had a few days ago.  I passed it!!  I made some cookies for some people for church and my kids and I didn't even try one!!!  Normally I would have had a minimum of 8 cookies.  I'm not even kidding.  Then I would finish the rest off in the morning, even eating some for breakfast.  It is no wonder I need a new eating lifestyle.  :)

Okay, this next one is kind of "girly" so I hope I don't offend anyone.  Normally I get really bad PMS every month and this month I did not get any!  Okay, I cried in my pillow two nights ago, but that is SOOOO much better than usual!  I guess this working out business is good for so much more than losing weight!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Life

This treadmill is a symbol of my life right now. For two weeks straight I have woken up at 5:30-5:45 am and worked out on this beast before heading to the gym. I'm actually getting better at it and not complaining as much. I know that this "symbol" is going to help me with my all around goal.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I feel different

I just wanted to note today that I do feel different. My jeans feel a bit looser, I am not out of breath when I go up the stairs, and I just have a general well feeling about me. This is new. I don't think I have felt like this since I was a teenager.

Things went better yesterday. I wasn't as hungry and was in a pretty good mood most of the day. I did have an hour or two where I had no energy and had a headache. That was around the time that I passed the brownie challenge. What's that, you ask? Well, my kids were going to be home from school soon and my friend and her kids were over. I wanted to make some lowfat brownies for all of them. Oh boy! That is not a good thing to do when you are trying to eat healthy. Just the rich smell of the baking goodies was enough to drive me mad. But........ I passed!! I did not eat one crumb of those sweet, luscious treats.

This morning I did something I have never done before in my entire life. I ran for 10 minutes straight on the treadmill. I think it was about 3/4 of a mile. I walked the first two minutes than ran the next 10 minutes, then walked 2 minutes, then ran for the rest of the mile & 1/4. Wow!! I feel good. At the time I did not want to do it. You all know how I feel about running, right. I guess I will change my opinion over a period of time.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I was so nervous going into my appointment at Jenny Craig because I didn't think I had lost any weight. When I stepped on the scale I was pleasantly surprised to see that I lost 3.4 pounds. It is a start. I was hoping to lose more in my first week, especially with all the work that I am doing, but I will take it!! 3.4 pounds is great for me!!!

This morning when I was on my treadmill I ran for 8 minutes straight!! That is such an accomplishment for me. I actually ran 13 minutes total and walked for 4 minutes. I might be able to run for an entire mile pretty soon. Watch out 5K, here comes Robyn!!

I'm starting a new week of JC food and I'm really looking forward to it. There has been only one thing that I wasn't crazy about and I have LOVED everything else!!

Hope you are all doing well. Thanks for checking in with me and supporting me!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Today's Update

I'm trying not to feel discouraged today. I woke up a little bit grumpy and I went to bed a little bit grumpy. I was doing so well then I just hit this little bump in the road. I did not want to work out this morning, especially on the treadmill. I almost turned it off a few times but ended up doing the full mile and a quarter. I ran for 11 minutes of that, which is pretty amazing for me. Of course, I split it up between walking.

I go to get weighed in in about an hour. I'm afraid that I will not show any progress. I'm afraid what that will do to my motivation. If I don't see any results I wonder if I might want to give up. I hope not. I really feel like I am doing something but maybe the scale just won't show it.

So out of all my days doing this program, I've had about 3 tough ones out of 7. I guess that's not so bad.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Tonight I am feeling kind of low on energy and tired. I think it was because I got to sleep in yesterday and my body wanted to do that again today. I have been doing well with Jenny Craig, I'm just a little bit hungry tonight. I only have 2 more fruits I can eat tonight. Hope they are filling!

V-Log 1/12/09

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stir Fry Vegetables

Don't these look yummy???? They are and my entire family agrees. We have had them for the past 2 nights and my kids have never loved eating so many vegetables. Here is the recipe:

1-2 bunches of fresh broccoli
2-3 chopped carrots
pea pods

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 to 1 1/2 cups water
2-3 Tsp Splenda



I am just feeling wonderful today.  I did not cheat once on my healthy eating plan all week!!  That is a first for me.  I usually can't make it to Day 3 without eating something not on the plan.  I feel full and happy.  

This morning for breakfast I had a JC blueberry muffin, 1/2 cup of blueberries, and 1 berries WW yogurt (which was super yummy!).  I feel great!  Today is my day off from working out so I am just letting my muscles have a break.  I worked out 6 days this week.  I don't think I have ever done that in my life!!!  I mean EVER!  Tomorrow I am going to get up a little bit earlier so I can do an extra 1/4 mile on the treadmill.  I'm hoping to be to 1 1/2 miles by the end of the week and 2 miles by next week.  I still think running/walking on the TM is the most boringest thing in the world!!!!  You can quote me on that, too.  I just hate it.  It's not that I can't do it but I think I have adult ADD and I get bored of things really easy.  I'm going to download a book on tape for this week and hopefully that will help me better.  Any suggestions??

Today we have church at 12:30 so I leave my house at noon.  Not much time to have a good lunch before our 3 hour session, especially since I ate breakfast at 9:20.  I'm going to have a fruit and a vitamin bar before I go and then try to catch up with lunch and dinner when I get home.

How is everyone else doing on their program??  Can you leave me a comment?  That would be great.

My opinion of Jenny Craig so far is that I love it!!  There has been only 1 thing on the menu that I didn't really like but it was okay and when you are starving you will eat anything.  Yesterday I had a turkey burger and it was actually pretty good.  I thought it was going to be gross.  Learn something new everyday!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Day 6- Check In

Well, it is getting easier. At least the food part. My DH and I went out on a date last night and he kept wanting me to take the night off to get a treat but I kept insisting that I wanted to stick with this. He is very supportive but he is not used to me "not" cheating a little when I am on a diet. He asked me why this one was different and I told him it was because I commited 10 weeks of my life to the Jenny Craig program. I have a personal helper who calls me to check up on me and who I can call when I get down or have questions. I have already called them 2 times!! I just feel like that I am accountable to someone and I need to really try hard at this one.

I got up this morning and worked out. It was really hard to do knowing that today was Saturday and that I could have slept in until much later. I finally got up around 6:15am and then worked on my lower body at the gym. I came home and only did around 1/2-3/4 of a mile. I got interrupted in the middle and I didn't have the heart to start over again. (My treadmill went back down to 0).

Breakfast was pretty good. It was a Jenny Craig Breakfast Scramble (eggs, potatoes, and a little cheese), along with a cup of mild and an orange. It's almost time for my first snack of the day, too.

I keep weighing myself, which I know I shouldn't!! This morning I was down another pound. I really hope that they will show up when I weigh in on Tuesday. It will motivate me to want to do more.

I'm so excited because Jenny Craig has a message board just like my favorite Cricut board! I signed on this morning and already someone is motivating me!! There are recipes, success stories, and different ideas. I love it!!!

I haven't worked my abs today yet. I have decided instead of doing 100 abdominal exercises I am going to bump it to 200 a day. Next week I will also bump my 1 mile to 1 1/2 miles, which is going to be torture because I think the treadmill is SOOOOOOOOO boring!!! Today I listened to a church talk and that helped. Normally I listen to my Ipod. My DH and I are talking about getting a TV in the workout room. That might help things to go faster.

I hope you all are having a great day! Good luck with all your goals, too!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Day 5 Check In

Today I woke up feeling pretty good. I wasn't grumpy like I was yesterday and I also didn't go to bed hungry last night. That is a really good thing!!! I am getting better at working out and actually looking forward to it in the mornings.

Just wanted to check in. Thanks for supporting me!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yummy Good Vegetable Soup!!

Since I was starving so much yesterday I decided to make some of the ZERO point and FREE vegetable soup. I just threw this together myself and it was SOOOOOOOOOO good and filling. Here is the recipe:

Vegetable Soup

About 3 cups of chicken bouillon
1 bag frozen mix (broccoli, cauliflower, water chestnut, snow pea pods)
1/4 bag frozen green beans
2 fresh carrots, cut
2 fresh celery stalks, cut
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp lemon pepper


Last night I went to bed hungry and today I woke up hungry and grumpy.  I am on Day 4 of my diet but only beginning Day 2 of Jenny Craig.  The food is super yummy but my body is just so used to eating more.  I was dreaming of food and even thought about giving up today and just eating what I wanted to.  

I woke up at 5:45 am again and did the treadmill but today I walked for 2 minutes and then ran for 4 minutes until I hit 1 mile.  That is the most I have ever ran at a time.  I usually do 2 and 2 and then yesterday I did 2 walking and 3 running.  My goal is to run a mile.  That would be a great feeling for me.  I'm not much of a runner.  Anyway, after I was done on the treadmill I went to the gym and worked on my lower body.  I'm pretty sore all over today.  I'm trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel but I just barely entered so I know that it is not in sight yet.  

I can do it!!  I know I can!  It's just food, I need to remember that.  I am going to upload a video and some pics so I know what I looked like at the beginning of my journey.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day 3 - Check In

Today I started out my day by *intentionally* setting my alarm clock to 5:45 am. I got up and ran/walked on my treadmill for 14 minutes (1 mile) then I went to the gym and worked on my upper body. It actually felt really good to work my upper body even though I was still a little sore from Monday. I think I am going to love working with weights again. When I was a Sophomore and Junior in high school I was the top female bench presser in my school. My DH thought that was pretty funny since I have absolutely no upper body strength right now. I am going to work on that one!

I started my Jenny Craig plan today and I really like it. I stayed full until 5pm when I had my dinner. It's 7pm now and I am a bit hungry but I am going to stick with their meal plan because I am accountable to someone who will be checking on me tomorrow. I know that I can do it. I just need to remind my stomach that I can!

Tomorrow might be a bit more of a challenge because my boys will be at MDO and I will be at my DH's office helping him. We usually go out to lunch on Thursdays and his staff even gave us a $100 gift card to one of my favorite restaurants. It's going to be really tempting. I just need to remember why I am doing all of this.

I decided that I am not going to weigh myself at home at all. I just get too discouraged when I see that I am not progressing. I am just going to weigh in at JC every Tuesday.

I wanted to comment on the JC food. I really like it but as I was telling my DH, EVERYTHING tastes good when you are starving! Tonight I had a BBQ chicken pizza, green beans, soup, and chocolate cake for dinner. They have me on a 1200 calorie diet.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Day 2- Check In

Today I had a really early start. My puppy started barking at 6:30 am so I just got up for the day since my alarm was set for 7:00 am anyway. I went ahead and got on the treadmill. While I was on there my DH came in my workout room and said "You do realize what time it is, don't you?" I was like..... "Of course!" He then told me it was 5:45 am and not 6:45 am like I thought!! Apparently I had accidently hit the button on my clock last night an extra time and it was an hour ahead. Oh well, I just used it to my advantage since I was already up. After I ran/walked for 1 mile (14 minutes), I did my 50 crunches and then went to the gym since my DH didn't need to leave for work until 7:00 am. I did some more crunches and worked my lower body. It actually felt good to have such an early start this morning.

I decided that since food is my biggest issue with a diet (like the rest of us, right?) I went into Jenny Craig and signed up. I think it will help me having meals that are already ready and planned out. I love doing Weight Watchers but my problem is that I always pick the wrong food for my points and then I am super hungry later. We will see how this Jenny Craig goes. I just don't want to worry about what I eat right now. Oh ya, I also weighed in at JC and my new weight is 157 so I am going to have that be my start weight. I will be weighed every week there, which will be nice.

Water is going good today.

I worked out.

Doing fine with food so far.

I just need to get through my tough hours which are between 5 & 10 PM.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Feeling discouraged!

Look at me, it's only Day 1 and I am already discouraged. I am soooo hungry. I'm trying to keep with the Weight Watchers points and I have done great. I'm just so tempted right now. I'm starting to 2nd guess why I am even doing this. I guess now is when I really need the support. I've already had my 8 glasses of water and I am working on my 10-12. I bet if I didn't start it today I would not be hungry at all.

Any tips??

Today is the day!!!

I officially weighed in and am beginning my Biggest Loser competition today. I have lost 8 1/2 pounds in the past 2 weeks just by being sick with a dumb virus. I decided that it will be a great beginning even though it doesn't count towards my weight loss. I'd rather continue to lose instead of gaining it back and then losing it again.

Okay, wish me luck!!! Here are my goals just for today....

*Exercise on the treadmill for 40 minutes

*Go to the gym and do weights for upperbody and abs today

*Drink 8-10 glasses of water

*Watch my sugar intake

*Eat 3 vegetables & 2 fruits with lots of protein

I'm off to work out right now. I woke up this morning with a stomach ache but I will just have to press on and get past it. I need to do this for ME!!!