Thursday, June 30, 2011

Set backs are bumps in the road, they are not the end of the roads.

I have been quite the slacker the last week or so. With blogging, with tracking, with working out, and so on. I hesitate to blog about it because I don't like to bring people down - only like to lift people up! 

Just a quick summary of the health issues I have been having:
  • Remember a while back I thought I sprained my ankle? Well I think I did more than sprain it. It's been over 2 months and it still hurts and there is a piece of bone in the wrong place or something. Anyway, I go to see an orthopedic doctor tomorrow and hopefully will get an x-ray. Status on that is pending but my primary told me to lay off the high impact workouts. 
  • My back has been having excruciating spasms. My doc says it's something with my SI joint. I feel frustrated because I feel like I should have had back problems at 250lbs - not after I have lost 60lbs. 
  • I'm losing my voice. I have been coughing for a couple days now and last night my body just felt so weak and tired and in pain. 
I hate complaining...I really do. So that's it - just wanted to fill in everyone who cares.

BUT...if there is one thing I have learned by now it's that God's plan is perfect - don't question it! So I am rolling with the punches.. taking it easy from the working out for a bit. I did yoga the other night (I even convinced my honey to try it with me! He was a trooper. ) and I have just been laying low.

I can't wait to run again though! I'm gonna train for another 5K as soon as I am back in action. My friend Kim (hey girl! I know you're reading this! lol) she has a hurt foot too but as soon as we are both better we're going to train together to run a 5K.. maybe not actually together but we will schedule our workouts together. Looking forward to that!

I love cyber workouts! My girl Nicole from Nicole's Weight Loss Challenges always hits me up for a personal workout challenge. Keeps me motivated! She always says "Even though we don't live in the same state doesn't mean we can't workout together!" 

I'm on track today! I know this weekend, especially Monday, will be difficult but after Monday there is no excuse! Focused, Focused, Focused! I have goals and I must reach them.

My honey sent me the sweetest FB message the other day telling me how proud he was of me. His support is the greatest!

I won't let you down babe! I won't let myself down. I won't let my daughter down. I won't let YOU down, bloggers! This is just a minor bump in the road!

"Set backs are bumps in the road, they are not the end of the roads."- Bob Greene

Friday, June 24, 2011

Awesomely ME!!

On my last blog I said I had an idea. Well here it is: 

Even in the days before I began this weight loss journey, I always have been big on reminding myself how much I LOVE ME! (As Terrell Owens would say - "I love me some me!") This isn't to be egotistical or anything like that.. just to remember that WE ARE WORTH IT! We are made beautifully made by God's hands and should be proud of who we are! We are so quick to say "I hate my stretch marks" or "I wish I could lose 10 more pounds" or "Geez, I really wish I could jump higher" .. and so on... we are not as likely to say "Wow, I have really beautiful eyes" or "I'm a freaking STRONG woman!" or "Check out those muscles I have underneath those stretch marks"  

So here is my challenge to YOU:

Here's how it works: 
  • If you are reading this blog and would like to participate you take the icon above that I created entitled "Awesomely Me" and put it on your blog along with a link to the page that you read about this challenge on.
  • After you post the picture, list 5-10 things that you love about yourself..not things like "My boyfriend is awesome" because that's not what you like about YOU ..that's what you like about him. I want to know things that YOU love about YOU!
  • Comment on the blog that you received the challenge from letting them know that you posted yours on your blog. Follow them, hope they will follow back. This will also help in making new friends!!
I look forward to reading all about YOU! I hope this catches on :) 

Oh before I leave you's what I love about ME: 
  1. I serve an awesome GOD
  2. I am a GREAT mother. 
  3. I do my best to find the good in others around me at all times. 
  4. I chose to make a life change that many people don't have the willpower to make. 
  5. I never give up. 
  6. I am a reliable and trustworthy friend to anyone who is willing to befriend me. 
  7. I am a motivator. 
  8. I have my eyes on the prize.

As always, thank you for reading!

Quick Chicken Fixin's

Hey! I have a few random things to say so I am breaking it up into two blogs so I don't overwhelm you with a super duper long blog because I personally hate reading super duper long blogs about a bunch of random things.

Anyway.. this one is short, no worries:

Yesterday I made a quick lunch and it came out SO GOOD!

All you need is: 
  • Chicken breast cooked any way you like it (I had mine on the George Foreman) 
  • Salsa
  • Tomato
  • Cheese (I use WW cheese for less PP's)
  • Sour cream 
You can pretty much guess the rest lol but I cooked the chicken (3 PP's), put down a layer of salsa (0 PP's), sliced tomato (0), 2 slices of WW cheese (2) - put it in the oven on 400 degrees for just a few min until cheese was melted - topped with low fat sour cream (1). = 6 PP's, yummy, filling, wonderful!

My lame attempt at food photography 

I normally would have had a side of spinach with it except I went to the store and got everything except my all time favorite veggie... *sigh*.. only me. I buy bags and bags of frozen spinach and have it with everything as a filler and a good way to get in my veggies! Sauteed with a little lemon juice and a dash of salt - DEELISH!

Anyway, stay tuned! I have an idea I am working on for my next blog!!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.

Helllooo bloggers, blog readers, friends, & family! How is everyone doing? Hang on tight.. I have a few things to talk about.

1st and foremost: In September I originally set out to set 50lbs by the time my baby girl turned one. She will be one tomorrow and as of this past Saturday I have lost 62.2lbs!!!!!! Now that's a victory if I ever heard of one!

We had her 1st birthday party on Saturday and it was absolutely INCREDIBLE! I couldn't have asked for better company, better weather, better food..*sigh* it was just an amazing, amazing day!!!  - the food was so freaking good and I didn't exactly watch what I ate...well I watched it go in my but I just felt like I busted my butt - this was as much of a celebration for me as it was for her!

Here's a few pics from her party:

My honey and our beautiful baby
Struttin her stuff in the pool!

Her own special cake!

We had such an awesome day. It was pretty cool seeing some people I haven't seen in a while too who couldn't believe that I was so "thin"!

My Aunt Millie...I swear she almost cried lol I haven't seen her since my baby shower and she has always known me as being heavy. She couldn't get over seeing me! My Aunt Andrea HAS seen me and she even said she couldn't stop staring at me. My honey's co worker came in the yard and asked where I was and he told her "You probably won't recognize her" LOL.. all of it felt good to hear! It's always nice when your hard work is recognized!!

I am proud to announce that I weigh 190.6lbs!! I can't freaking WAIT to get into the 180's but it's crazy because it seems like just the other day I was saying "I can't wait to get under 200!" ..This is such an incredible journey.


I need to am getting back on get on track with my stomach workouts. I said it a while ago and made a little plan and it was going well until I hurt my ankle and laid of working out for a bit all together. I even started to notice a difference and then as soon as I stopped, the difference went away. I know I'll never have a 6 pack but a girl can dream right? I'll work towards my dreamy 6 pack anyway! lol

I found this on my Google adventures: 

Success is not a race, be patient.
Success leads to success.
Success is always a work in progress.
Success doesn't come to you--you go to it.
Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.
Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying.
Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED!
If at first you don't succeed-try, try again

 I bolded that one line because it's so important to remember! 
One last thing - my friend Cheri from Weight Watchers recently started a blog because she was inspired by reading mine! Check her out: My Weight Loss Journey


Friday, June 17, 2011

You can do it, put your MIND into it!

Hey ladies and gents! It's been a few days. I hope you all are doing well!

I love when I hear a motivational speaker or a coach of some sort say a phrase or a tip that I already tell myself. It makes me feel like I can be a motivational speaker too! ....hmm....not a bad idea! ..

Anyway, the other day on the 30 Day Challenge, Chalene said something that I very firmly believe. She said: BE YOUR OWN COACH. 

This is so true. At the end of the day, we're not going to have Jillian Michaels standing over our back making sure we do our full pushups or pushing us that extra 10 seconds of the workout.

It's up to US to push OURSELVES. I have found myself doing this lately especially during HIIT workouts and let me tell you, the mind is a powerful thing!!

When you tell yourself that you CAN do something, there is nothing that can hold you back!! On Tuesday I was making my To-Do List and I said to myself "You need to get in a good workout.. you have been slacking" so the first thing I wrote on my list was "HIIT 30" (Only the hardest workout on Turbo Fire!!) and as soon as I wrote it down, it was like now that it was ON the list, it had to be done! So the best way to complete all your tasks on your to do list is to do the hardest one first.....what did I do, you ask??

Got up off my butt and went and did HIIT 30. I said to myself out loud - "I'm going to do this. I'm going to kill it. Hit play!" .. and I killlllllleeedddddddd it!!!! I was sweating and huffing and puffing like I have never huffed and puffed before! By the end of the workout, on the last jump I had absolutely nothing more to give and that's the point!!

Anyway, my point is that when you put your mind to something:
  1. Tell people - it holds you accountable
  2. Write it on your to do list - find out your goals and write something on your to do list every day that will help you to achieve your goals. 
  3. There is nothing stopping you but yourself!!! There are no "can'ts" in this world. Just CANs!! And we CAN and we WILL fulfill our goals! 

(I love Sid and I also love how cartoons are always incorporating the importance of exercise these days!)

Have a wonderful day! My baby girl's first birthday party is tomorrow!!!!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Skinny Does Not = Healthy

The other day I got to thinking....recently I have had many thin people coming to me asking for help with motivating themselves to go to the gym or to eat better. My instant thought reaction is always "Girl, you don't need to lose weight.. cut it out!" But then I realize how many of these women may be naturally thin but are not healthy! Just because people look a certain way on the outside does not mean that they are healthy on the inside. These thin women have the same issues those of us with weight problems have, especially as we are getting older, having kids, and so on.
I was working out the other day doing a HIIT 25 workout (which if you have ever done a HIIT workout, you know it's no freakin' joke!!) As I finished the last Fire Drill with a bang, I felt so GOOD! Yea, I felt tired but I didn't feel like I was about to pass out or anything like I felt the first time I did a Turbo Fire workout. Then I started thinking about a few of my friends, THIN FRIENDS, who have said to me "damn HIIT 15 is serious!!!" (which is a very valid statement! Lol).

Which led me to this realization - Just because you are thin doesn't mean you are physically fit. On the same token, just because you are heavy doesn't mean you are not physically fit! I am still 193lbs but I can make it through a damn hard workout whereas maybe others who don't work out as often for whatever reason can't make it through that same workout right now. It's about endurance, persistence, and perseverance. Not about what you look like on the outside.

I always catch up on the blogs that I follow before I blog and I once again I came across one of my favorite blogs - Madame: The Journey of a Weight Loss*ista. She had an awesome post (<--previously linked) about a woman named Anowa Adjah, the self proclaimed "200-Pound Fitness Phenom" and she is JUST THAT! Check her out:

She's incredible!!

Obviously not everyone looks like that at 200lbs, including myself! But she is just living proof that the number on the scale is just that, A NUMBER. The real victories are in the hard work that you put in, the results you see, the way you FEEL, and the non scale victories!!

You can read more about at Madame's Blog or at Anowa Adjah's official site

So remember.. just the fact that you are here putting in the work to make a change is amazing in and of itself! Being sexy or healthy doesn't necessarily mean being thin. Society and whoever invented the stupid "healthy BMI range" are going to tell you that you have to be a certain weight for your height but I am here telling you that that's nonsense!! There should be more to the equation than just height and weight because there are more aspects to being healthy than just our weight. Anowa Adjah is living proof of that!

Keep pushing ladies and gentleman! Healthy is the new black! 


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Almost there & Fat Joe

Soooooooooooo close!!!!!!!!!!! Down 1.4lbs this week for a total of 59.8lbs!!! My current short-term goal is to be down 60lbs by next Saturday (my daughter's 1st birthday party). I'll definitely get there!

To my surprise, I actually lost weight this week! Despite what I posted previously about the way I ate but it led me to realize some things about myself.

  1. I get full so easily these days so maybe I didn't eat as much as I thought I did, I just felt stuffed. When I sat and thought about what I actually ate, yes it was a bit overboard but probably definitely not as much as I would have eaten 9 months ago!! Portion control has become part of who I am. 
  2. Exercise, as I have mentioned before, as also become part of my day to day without me even realizing it. Even though I didn't go hard with Turbo Fire every day or have a specific workout every day, I thought about how much I walked. Instead of driving the mile to where I had to go Mon-Wed, I walked the mile to and from each day.
  3. HIIT workouts WORK! I only (We don't use that word anymore .. no such thing as only) managed two days of Turbo Fire this week but on both days I did HIIT 25. When you do a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout, it keeps your metabolism going long after the workout is over. 
I can't believe I am at this point in my life.. I never thought I would be here saying I weigh 193lbs!! I can't wait to get to the 180's!!

SO life is good! Weight Watchers meeting was awesome as usual today!!

That's about all I have for the day.. oh other than the fact that Fat Joe is now "Skinny Joe". Well, unlike Diddy, he didn't choose to change his name but he lost a whopping 88lbs!! Check it out: 

and he did it for the right reasons. Of course he could get away with being fat forever.. he's freaking FAT JOE! But he chose to get healthy for his kids! and for himself! and I give him a TON of credit for that!! You can read more about it at Madame: The Journey of a Weight Loss*ista

Have a wonderful day weight loss champs!!!!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Adorable Blog Award! :D

I always see the "Adorable Blog Award" getting passed around and always hope someone will nominate me for it too and today the lovely Kristy Gets Fit nominated me! Thanks Kristy!! Can't wait to see your "after" picture!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award with a link to their blog.
  • Tell us 10 things about yourself
  • Nominate other bloggers and let them know about the award   

  1. I'm a scorpio and I fit every stereotype out there about scorpios..although I am working on the not so flattering traits! 
  2. I day dream daily about what I will look like at 150lbs, how my clothes will fit, how my boyfriend will look at me, how I will feel, and so on.
  3. Weight Watchers changed my life.
  4. Before I die I MUST meet Jennifer Hudson and Chalene Johnson - both women have contributed in my success and I look to for constant motivation. 
  5. I live my life in snapshots. I capture everything on camera. 
  6. I refuse to buy a house (even if I could afford it right now) until I can afford a house cleaner also. Dusting, mopping, folding laundry - All my least favorite things to do. 
  7. I'm not completely a bad "house wife".. I love to cook! 
  8. I firmly believe that the devil himself played a part in creating online shopping. 
  9. I've never been at a point in my life where I could both FIT and AFFORD all the clothes I want. This journey + the second job I just picked up are going to be dangerous for me.
  10. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Some blogs I love::

Sheryl @ *Bitch Cakes: A neurotic glamour girl's weight watchers experience and fitness adventures - coolest woman on the east coast!! Her blog is a must read! I love her stories and adventures.

Sarah @ Not An Effing Diet is freaking hilarious!

Lauren @ A Little Less of Lauren - Sweetest girl ever! Witty and outgoing and always leaves for a good laugh!

My girl Chantal @ Electrik Sunset - Her blog is about natural hair, her amazing thrift store details and more. She actually got me started with blogging because I loved her blog so much! She's a really awesome chic!

Paulina @ Fabulously Skinny - Adorable and sweet and she is awesome with the graphics!

Ms. Thunder Thighs herself

The Evolution of Me - Her transformation is incredible!!!

I love lots more blogs but these are my top favs right now!

Thanks again for the award Kristy!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Loss of Control

Krystle!! Where are you???!!


This week I lost control...and I feel like crap for it. My schedule changed and everything else changed with it.. I didn't work out 1/4 as much as I would have normally. I ate like I had no sense. Granted, I tried my best to stop eating when satisfied but I still ate....and ate.........and ate.

Sunday - We went to the pool at Caesars and I was in "I'm relaxing today..not counting points" mode.

Monday - I did good all day until I went to an awards dinner where I received a grant for school. There I ate like I had no sense..even asked for a 2nd roll as if I needed it!!!

Tuesday - We had a dinner at The Pool at Harrah's for the trade show I mentioned previously. Again, I didn't count points and had two cosmos!

 Wednesday - I tracked everything and stayed OP

Today - I did good all day until we went to dinner and I would have done fine except I had to have that dag on dinner roll.

The only exercise I got was walking to and from the Convention Center from Monday through Wednesday, walking around the trade show, and I did a HIIT 25 workout on Tuesday. Today I tried to go for a run but my ankle was hurting (it's been acting up this week!) so I walked/ran for a half hour and called it quits due to too much pain.

So needless to say, I am really upset with myself!! I weigh in on Saturday..I SHOULD be going balls to the wall working out right now but instead I am sitting here with my daughter sleeping on my chest typing to you guys!!



Therefore.. I am motivating myself. Right here. Right now. I went super woman balls to the wall for months and only recently had a slight meltdown but I'm nipping it in the bud NOW.

Tomorrow = 3 workouts.

I'm putting it on my to-do list..3 workouts. My only hope is that I maintain my weight on Saturday morning. If I don't lose, I will be okay with that. I know I fudged up! But from here on out..I will not tolerate any more weeks like this from myself.  

I'm in this to win it....there is no other option.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Lane Bryant experience

When I reached a size 14 pants and a size large shirt I vowed that even though Lane Bryant may have cute clothes sometimes, I never would shop there again. I was ecstatic that I didn't NEED to!

I should have stuck to my promise.

I was on the hunt for a shirt today to wear to The Pool tonight for this party we are going to. I was walking around the outlets at The Walk in AC and I was having NO LUCK. So, as I passed Lane Bryant I just peeked in the window. What did I see staring back at me but this friggen ADORABLE zebra print halter top ...sooo I made an exception and went in the store. I didn't even know what their smallest size was but I knew that I needed the smallest size in there for sure. I flipped through the rack with this shirt that I wanted so bad and the smallest I could find was a 16/18 - too big. 

As I was about to leave, I decided to check the size on the manikin - 14/16 - So I undressed the manikin. lol.

As I was doing so, some man walked up to me (a customer) and said.....

and I quote...

"Is this a store for big people or something??"

0_O <---my "are you serious" face

Did he just ask me that???! 

So I calmly took a breath and responded to him tell him that yes, it was a store for larger women. He then asked me, "Well where can I get something for a petite woman??"

*Deep breath once again because at this point I was ready to let someone have it...aside from his question, I was hot and sweaty and carrying a 10lb bag around..and just plain old annoyed* 

I firmly answered "I don't know. I have never been a petite woman" and turned away.

Well I ended up buying the shirt because it was super cute!! But I am going back to my vow to not shop in the "store for big people" as he would like to call it. Thank you, sir for reminding me of my promise to myself. 


LOL anyway.. hope everyone is having a great day!!! I'm getting pretty tonight for a networking party at The Pool with my honey. 

*P.S. I don't know how mothers go out every weekend and leave their children home.. I feel so bad that I have been away from my baby so much the last couple days for one reason or another! I can't wait to be back in my regular routine with my princess*

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Promise to YOU..and you and you and you!

So many awesome things going in my life..I sometimes just sit and cry when I think about how GOOD God truly is and how I (like many of us) have even had the nerve to question WHY things happened in the past because I am coming to realize that our lives are one big tangled web and all events interconnect some way, some how. When thing don't go OUR way, just remember, things always go GOD'S WAY.

I mentioned before that I am doing Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Challenge to Master Organization and Achieve Your Goals. It may be too late to join this 30 day challenge but if you're not already doing it, I highly suggest it!! We are only on Day 6 but I am coming to realize what's truly important in my life and what's not. I won't get into a lot of detail because I want you all to experience it for yourself but I have to talk about the challenge for yesterday.

So far we have had to list our priorities, what we wouldn't compromise for ANYTHING. Then we had to list our top 10 goals and we will re-list our goals every week for four weeks. Within those top 10 goals, we had to find our PUSH goal, which is the 1-2 goals that once they are accomplished, the rest of your goals will fall into place. The challenge for yesterday is called The Important Person Promise.

Important Person Promise:

Basically, the point of this is to turn our PUSH goals into a promise. "I promise to _______" 

Then she asks us to write down the people that the achievement of our PUSH goal will most positively affect. 

Oh I guess I should tell you my PUSH goals first:
  1. Finish losing 100lbs 
  2. Be financially successful with my current job as well as the new business adventure I am beginning (That's for another blog!) 
So the people that I feel that achieving my PUSH goals will most positively affect are:
  1. My daughter - she will have a healthy, happy, and financially stable mommy. 
  2. My boyfriend - I will be able to contribute more financially and he will have a thin, healthy, happy girlfriend. 
  3. My family - They have all been concerned about me being overweight for so long and I believe that they are very happy to see me making the change. 
  4. You guys! - My friends, my WW friends, my blog followers. I know that when I see others succeed in their goals, it makes me want to push harder to achieve my own goals! 
The next part of the challenge was to name a person (or persons) who's opinion you GREATLY value. Someone who you would be devastated if you thought you let them down. 
  1. Nick (my boyfriend) - He is always on my tail making sure I am staying on point because he knows how important all these endeavors are to me and to our family. 
  2. My mom - My best supporting actress
The next part - and the reason I am writing this blog - is to call, text, email, whatever form of communication you want to use to tell the people on your list your promise! So here it is: 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Who is YOUR best supporting actor/actress??

Best Supporting Actress/Actor
I know many of you are Weight Watchers (Note I didn't say WW members..I will touch on that in a bit) so you most likely have all been to the meeting this week about support! I absolutely LOVED my meeting today!! I don't know how similar all the meetings are but I just know that I have hands down, the most energetic, fun, loving leader to ever face the world of weight loss! She is just so incredible. But this blog isn't about her. 

It's about my mom. 
Today at the meeting, Stephanie asked us: "In this weight loss movie you are the star of, who would you consider to be your best supporting actor or actress?" Of course many of us instantly think our spouses, our friends, our coworkers, our children, and so on. And like all of you, I too have many supporting roles in my life including my amazing boyfriend who supports me through everything I do, my friends who keep me going, my weight watchers friends, and so on. 

But MY MOM....she is the most amazing woman I know! She has been heavy all of her life too and she lost a ton of weight on Weight Watchers a long time ago and slowly gained it back over the years (like many of us have done in the past!) But aside from that and even aside from this weight loss journey -  in my movie called, LIFE, she is my biggest supporting actress! She has supported me through absolutely EVERYTHING I have ever done in my life whether she agreed with me or not, she still supported and continues to support all of my decisions. Since my blog is about weight loss, I will focus on that aspect of her support for this blog. 

She always says "I know I made some mistakes raising you but you turned out pretty darn good!!"  As much as I would like to say that I wish she fed me healthier foods as a child and set me on the right path for eating right early on, I don't. Only because I truly believe that being heavy and having this life long struggle helped to make me the woman I am today. Back to this journey though... through EVERY STEP OF THE WAY my mom has been there showing me support, telling me how proud she is, and pushing me when I feel down and out. There have been times when I said "Ugh I did so bad this week.. I'm not going to weigh myself tomorrow"  or times when I have called her crying because I swore I did great and gained weight.. and every time she maintains a calm tone in her voice and tells me something to the effect of "Baby, relax! You are doing are such a good mother and a hard worker and I couldn't be more proud of you! Keep doing what you are doing..and you better get on that scale tomorrow!!!" and it always turns out that I'm glad I got on the scale! Not to mention every Facebook status that I post about weight loss, she makes sure to tell me on there how proud she is. She brags about me to her friends and our family. She is a proud mommy!

She sometimes tells me that she is "jealous" of me even though she and I both know that "jealous" isn't the right word. She can do it too. .she knows she can! She has done it before and I'm telling her and telling all of you that when she is ready to make that change FOR GOOD this time, I am behind her 110% of the way just like she has been behind me. She is an absolutely incredible mother and incredible woman and I'm so honored to have her as my mommy and my best friend!  Mom - I know you are reading this and crying right now, sorry! lol I love you!

Me & My mommy on Mother's Day

So I'm curious...Who is YOUR best supporting actor/actress in life OR on this journey??! 

I know that I wouldn't be who I am without my mom as well as my dad (rest his soul), my step parents, siblings, boyfriend, friends, daughter and so on. They are all characters in my movie and I am characters in theirs and together, we make one darn good flick! :)

The note about being weight watchers and NOT weight watchers members:: I read a blog on the WW website and someone had mentioned this saying that you can be a member of a book club but that doesn't mean you read. You can be a member of a political party but that doesn't mean you vote. We are not members of a group called Weight Watchers.. we are people are chose to ACTIVELY make a lifestyle change and therefore we ARE the group! 

Have a great Saturday!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Back To My Normal Self!

My boyfriend BUSTED my excuse bubble this morning & I am so grateful!!

So yesterday I was working out and in the middle of my Turbo Fire workout my body just shut down on me.. it wasn't that I was tired and didn't feel like doing it or anything.. my body just simply said, NO. So I listened and the rest of the day I felt so out of it!! My head felt all clouded with too many thoughts and I just felt plain old yucky.

This morning I woke up feeling blasé about working out..I moseyed around the house and decided I was going to go get blood work because maybe I had low iron or something that was making me feel that way.. and I already have a script for blood work anyway *Can we say excuse??!*

So I was talking to my boyfriend and he was like "You just posted a blog about excuses and you are sitting here making excuses. I think what you need to do is just can do it!!"

*mumbling under my breath:* .. He was right

So I took my excuse making behind outside with the jogging stroller and ended up going for a morning 5K walk/run.. broke a nice sweat, and felt absolutely WONDERFUL when I got home!! I was "back to my normal self".. which made me realize that MY NORMAL SELF includes exercise - daily. 

Things I noticed along the way:
  • Even after taking some time off from running I can still hang pretty long! I would look at a far point on the boardwalk and say "Okay I just need to run until there then I can walk for a little bit" and 9x out of 10 I made it to my destination plus some! 
  • As I ran, my strides got progressively longer, which I can only assume means that I am working more muscles. 
  • When you get lost in the things around you, you don't even realize how long you have been running!
Had to stop to capture this picture. So beautiful!
 Weigh In tomorrow and I'm excited!! I did really well this week so I hope it pays off...I have 18 more days to get to 60lbs GONE!

*Can't believe my princess will be ONE in only 18 days!!*

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bike Rides, May Totals, & Chalene Johnson/TF

Hey friends!!! It's been a few days. 

Hope everyone had a FABULOUS & HEALTHY Memorial Day Weekend! I sure did! I had a little slip up on Saturday but was right back on track Sunday and Monday with days FULL of exercise! I posted the other day about our 7 mile walk on Sunday..then on Monday we rented bikes and went for a 6 mile bike ride on the boardwalk and went and got breakfast.

My family..of course we had to stop and pose!

Shout out to Sheryl at *Bitch Cakes* A Neurotic Glamour Girl's Weight Watchers Experience and Fitness Adventures. First of all I LOVE reading her blog but she takes the best pictures while bike riding through NYC and I don't know how she does it! lol I tried to look at the camera and swerved all over the place lol

My honey took this action shot   
I think bike riding is gonna have to be a regular weekend thing this summer! We all enjoyed it. My daughter even fell asleep in that chair on the way home.

In other news.. as I have mentioned before, I do a lot of weight loss challenges through Nicole's Weight Loss Challenges!!! on Facebook. This past challenge was a month long challenge consisting of cardio and toning and tracking how many ounces of water we drink as well as some mini challenges that she throws in along the way.

My May Totals: 
  • 16 days of cardio, 9 days of toning
  • 2,974 ounces of water!
  • 1,110 minutes of exercise or 18.5 hours 
  • Lost 5.2lbs 

My original plan was to lose 50lbs by the time my baby turned one but since I still have 3 weeks and have lost 56lbs.. my new goal is to lose 60lbs by the time she turns 1. I think I can handle that! It's so crazy that my mindset used to be "I still have SO much to lose to get to goal!!" .. and now with a few short-term goals left before my ultimate goal, it seems so close!!

Short-term goal #1:  I have to lose 4.4lbs to get to 60lbs..maybe I'll buy myself a size 12 then!
Short-term goal #2: Reach the 75lb mark..(which in the grand scheme of things, is really not ALL THAT MUCH!) ---> I think my reward to myself for my 75lb star is gonna be a bodybugg!

As you can see, my rewards are tentative because I never know how money will be at that point! I am throwing a pretty big party for my princess! Although I hope that this new endeavor I am beginning this month will pay off so I should be a-okay to buy myself a bugg!

Then before I know it.. 80lbs..85lbs..95lbs..100lbs!!!

Man I am so excited!!!  I'm throwing a party for myself when I reach goal!!

My personal, non weight loss goal for this summer is to organize my life!! SO I started Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Challenge to Master Organization and Achieve Your Goals.

I'm looking forward to making some changes for the better!! You can never be too awesome.. there is always more awesomeness out there to achieve!

Speaking of Chalene.. I have been doing Turbo Fire for a little over a month now and I have to say, my burpee squats, tuck jumps, and air jacks - all of which I could barely do in the beginning - are becoming darn GOOD! I noticed how much my burpee squat has improved the other day and I felt like doing cartwheels!

Burpee Squat  
Air jack  

Keep up the great work weight loss champions!! We got this!!!!!!!

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