It's time to stop messing around and get serious about losing the weight. The time is now
and I am the person who has to do the work.

Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Blog


I started a new picture blog for the new year.
A picture a day for 365 days.
Please come visit.
http://a365view.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Power of One / The Beginning



There is a new challenge starting today at the Sisterhood and it has me really excited. I say that every challenge, but I really mean it this time. The Power of One is all about me and only me. It's about what I can do for me and only me. It's about learning to love me and care about me. It's about giving to myself and not every one around me first. At least that is what I think it's about or what I am going to make it about. Me baby, just me!


I am starting this challenge totally disgusted with myself. I have crept back into that decade that I swore I would never see again. Just barely, but I still did it. I weighed 200.4 today and it made me sick. I thought I kept things better in check this holiday, but I guess not. As they say, the scales don't lie.


I am supposed to state my healthy living goals for this challenge. They will be my healthy living goals forever, if I have anything to say about it. Here goes....


1. Never miss a Wednesday weigh in.

2. Keep my water intake at no less than 64 ounces a day, but shooting for more than that.

3. Keep all the unhealthy snack crap out of the house. If my family insists on having it, they can keep it in other places than the kitchen and not tell me where it is.

4. Exercise no less than 5 days a week. I have to walk every day! No excuses.

5. I need to be doing cardio 3 to 5 days a week. It can be EA Sports Active or Wii exercise discs, but it has to be cardio.

6. Do the tworkout every week.

7. Get back to logging my food. I don't do Weight Watchers anymore, but I can still log my food. I need the accountability of that.

8. Don't think of all this as a way to lose weight. Think of it as a way to get healthy and stay that way and hope that the weight comes off in the process.

9. Don't let all the outside influences in my life sidetrack me in my quest.


I've had a lot of problems with number 9 in the last month or so. I know I've been cryptic about it in my posts and that's how it has to be, but being home this last week or so has made a huge difference in my stress levels and I'm hoping it can stay that way.


I think I might take pictures tonight. I'll definitely measure. I don't think I'll be posting the pictures now. Maybe at the end of the challenge if there is a visible difference. I had enough stress with the "exposed" pictures for now.


That is the plan ladies. I am truly looking forward to this challenge. Maybe I can be the next Mary and be the old girl who wins this. I'm going to give it my best shot. Catch me if you can because I have the "Power of One"!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Hoedown Finale



Where did this time go? How can it be the finale of this challenge when it seems like we have just begun. It's like time is just flying be lately and I'm just trying to hold on. I feel like I'm just flying be the seat of my pants lately.


I started this challenge at 199.6 pounds. I wasn't happy about that at all. I finish at 196.1 pounds. Unfortunately, that's what I weighed last week. I was hoping to post a loss for my team. You see, we've been in first place the last two weeks and I was hoping to finish there. We'll just have to see happens. Anyway, that means I post a loss of 3.5 pounds for the challenge.


The thing that I loved most about this challenge was being an honorary Hibner for six weeks. They are the best family ever and so much fun. I met Beth when I had her kids in preschool. I met her mom, Mary through them and her sister, Amy doing the March of Dimes walks. I met sister Sarah at Beth's baby shower. Everyone else I met via the internet during this challenge. They are a fun and supportive family and I loved being one of them for this challenge.


The thing that I loved least about this challenge was my attitude for the last few weeks. I've had some major stress going on and most of my loss has been from stress and not my actively working on losing the weight. I'm on my two week Christmas break from work and I plan to relax and regroup and get my head back on straight and get ready for the next challenge.


The Power of One sounds like just what I need right now. I need to get back to me. Thinking about me and working on being the better me. I need to remember that I can't control everything in my life and sometimes you just have to let go and let it all unfold and start from there.


It sounds like Christmas eve is going to be just me and the hubby. Weird! We will have the kids and grandkids over for our traditional Christmas breakfast. We'll eat and open presents and it will be wonderful. In the afternoon, we will all head over to my mom's house for the big family Christmas dinner. All 33 of us. Mom's house isn't that big, so when we start to open presents and the paper starts flying, it is something to see. The 26th is my oldest daughters birthday, so once again we will be eating and celebrating. Christy said that the average person gains 11 pounds during this season. That scares me. I'd hate to thinkof starting the next challenge over 200 pounds.


So I'm promenading off into the sunset of this challenge a little lighter, but a little stressed. I'm hoping the next two weeks will change all that and I'll be ready to focus on the Power of One and that One is me!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

True Confessions

So...it's Tuesday again and I'm in the same rut I was in last week.

Not good!!

Those damn stress levels are still way up there and I have more going on this week than last.

I wish I could explain to you all what is going on, but I can't. If you live in the area, you will probably know. But, that isn't even the whole problem.

I had a huge wake up call though on Saturday morning.!!

I had a surprise college graduation party for my daughter on Friday night and I was uploading the pictures to the computer Saturday and saw this picture.

I cried. I really cried. My ass is the size of a barn door and I'm not saying that for sympathy. I'm saying it because it truly is.

What a freakin wake up call that was.

Stress or no stress, I have to get that fat ass in gear again.

I am so embarrassed I could die.

How did I not see this before? I knew I was fat, but obviously I haven't seen a picture of me sitting down in a long time. Standing up it doesn't look that bad. Maybe in some weird way, this is a good thing that happened. Maybe shock therapy is what I needed.

Here is the plan to move on from this point.


1. I have to eat. I've eaten so little in the last few weeks. It has been nice for weight loss for my team, but not good for me physically. I'm tired and crabby. I just don't feel good.



2. I'm back to drinking 3 or 4 diet cokes a day. I haven't done that in probably close to a year. I'm back on the water starting today. I feel a headache coming on, but I can deal with it.


3. I have to exercise every day in some way. I have two new wii workout discs and I am not even using them. How stupid is that?


4. I have to get to the store and get some good food in this house. It's not that I am eating bad food so much as I'm just not eating.


5. I am looking forward to Friday. It's the last day of school and then two weeks off for Christmas break. I promise that I will use those two weeks to truly get back on track and lose the fat ass and every other fat body part that goes with it.


6. I promise myself that I will work on the inside of me. I have to get beyond everything that is going on around me and get back to me and what I can control.


7. And I'm going to start this all off with the tworkout tonight. I totally missed it last week by falling asleep in front of the tv set wating for it to start. That will not be happening this week.


What about you? What do you have to confess? let me tell you that I feel better just saying this all to you. Try it!

Monday, December 6, 2010

True Confessions

I don't even know where to start with this confession this week. It's been one hell of a week and I haven't been good about much. The stress levels in my life are at peek levels and I can't even really tell you why. It's all stuff that I can't talk about right now. It sucks! It just sucks big time. Here is what I can tell you.

1. I'm hardly eating and when I am, it's pretty much crap. When I am a ball of nerves, eating makes me sick to my stomache. I'm worried that I won't have a good loss this week because I keep hearing that not eating can be worse than eating too much. Supposedly, my body will try to hold on to what it has. Just my luck.

2. With the exception of 50 minutes on the treadmill, the only exercise I have done has been on the wii. I suppose that is better than no exercise at all.

3. I have so totally let my team down this week. I was the one who was so excited last week when the leaderboard came up. We were in 4th place and so not out of reach of 1st place. I sent out an email telling my team that we could take 1st place if we really tried. All I can do now is pray that my body gave up some weight instead of holding on to it. I have one day to work my ass off and see what happens.

4. After reading Mary's guest post at the Sisterhood about the new Weight Watchers, I'm beginning to think that maybe I shouldn't have cancelled mine.
5. I just realized that my True Confessions button is under this instead of on top of it. That's just how this week has gone.



I have a giveaway going on my other blog. I have a My Shape with Jenny McCarthy Wii game to give away. I've been wanting to try this for awhile now and found them for a great price on ebay. I got one for me and for you. I've only tried it once, but I liked it. Go over here and enter.


I hope you all had a better week than me.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Your Shape Giveaway

I'm having a giveaway on my other blog for the Your Shape with Jenny McCarthy wii game. If you'd like to enter, go here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

True Confessions


Confession time! Let's go with bullet points....
1. I did pretty well with food this week. I did really well on Thanksgiving. I didn't stuff myself by any means and I had one small slice of pumpkin roll that I shared with me granddaughter.
2. I am enjoying my exercise bike, but I haven't been real good about exercise this week. It has been super busy.
3. Last night I canceled Weight Watchers. I've been thinking about it for awhile now. I barely ever keep up with it and I sure don't have time to figure out something new. I've been doing okay just watching what I'm eating. If I decide I want to go back to it, I can, but for now I don't think so.
4. The stress factor in my life is at an all time high right now. I can't even explain why, but it is. Mr. Bacardi has been a good friend lately. We need to part company.
5. I got the EA Sports Active 2 and haven't even tried it yet. I was so excited to get it and now there it sits. I have to get my ass in gear. Why did I spend all that money for it to sit in the box?
6. I just ordered something for you and for me from ebay. I'll be posting a giveaway as soon as it comes and I have a chance to try it first. It's something that I have been thinking about for many months and I found it for a great price, so score for us all.
7. I need me a good tworkout tonight. Do you hear me April? I need to get back in this game. I have a team that I won't let down. They aren't just my team, they are my friends.
So, that's it. We'll see how it goes in the morning. I'm not really worried. I think it is going to be okay. Stress makes me lose my appetite, but then sometimes not eating is worse than eating. It's mystery till morning. Check back then.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Hoedown Weigh In Week 1

It's the first weigh in for the Holiday Hoedown challenge. I'm down .6 pounds. I was hoping for more (of course) but I'll take it. I had 230 minutes of exercise. I figured out my plan for the challenge and one of those things was being good about logging my food on the Weight Watchers website. I was a little surprised that I didn't lose more because I was pretty faithful to that. Oh well, there is always next week. As long as that number is going down, I'm not going to fret.
One of the things I did this past week was meet Ali Vincent. She was the first female winner of the Biggest Loser in season 4. I could write a post a mile long about this night. She inspired me beyond anything I ever dreamed of. She was funny and truthful, but most of all she was real. You knew she wasn't telling you what you wanted to hear. She told her whole story and how it is still a struggle for her sometimes. I loved the night. She gave me new faith and hope that this is all going to work out for me in the end. I just have to believe it will and put in the work to make it happen.


I got a new to me/used recumbent exercise bike this week. I finally got my hubby to bring it in last night. I'm excited about it because I really love to bike and have been without a bike for some time now.
I did 36 wide stance girlie push ups last night during the tworkout. I was so proud of me. It was hard and my arms were shaking and my shoulders hurt, but I did it. It felt good. I've been doing push ups against the wall at school while I wait for kids in the bathroom. I did 58 yesterday and thought that was good, but last night felt better. They were real floor push ups and I pushed for every last one of them.

Speaking of kids at school, I better scoot. It's time for school and it's stone soup day. I love that story and the kids get a big kick out of making the soup. If I don't get back here to say it...
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I'm thankful this year for all of you because you inspire and push me every day to this healthier life I'm seeking. Love you all.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HOLIDAY HOEDOWN

Yee Haw!
It's time for a challenge partners.


I'm excited to be a member of Santa's Little Losers for this challenge. It's a family team (with the exception of me) and I couldn't be happier to be included. I'm an unofficial member of the Hibner family. You know that name, right? Like in Mary Hibner, Shrinkvivor champion. How about Beth "I Should Be Folding Laundry"? Or Amy who was a Lowdown Dirty Loser with me when our team won the Down and Dirty in 30 challenge. That is just naming a few. Yeah, I'm on a great team.


I'm ashamed to say that I have gained since the end of the last challenge. I weighed in this morning at 199.6. I am teetering very close to that number I said I would never see again.
I have my work cut out for me, but I do have a plan.

And here it is......

1. I am going to get back on my Weight Watchers plan and log my food. Why am I paying them money every month to not use the site?
2. I am going to walk/run no less than six days a week even if it is at night on the treadmill. I've been trying to do the C25K program. Life has just been too busy lately to do it every day.
3. Keep my water intake at no less than 64 ounces a day and trying to drink more than that.
4. Do a second form of exercise six days a week. It can be the shred, wii workouts (I'm waiting for More Workouts 2 to get here), Pilates or yoga.
5. Absolutely no snacking after dinner.
6. Get to bed by 11:00 every night. This is going to be really hard for me. I stay up till 12:00 or 1:00 most nights for no apparent reason just doing dumb stuff.
7. Do the Tworkout every Tuesday night.
8. Take my vitamin every day.

For a little extra kick in the pants inspiration, I'm going to see Ali Vincent, first female winner of the Biggest Loser speak tomorrow night. I'm really excited about it. I bought her book, but haven't finished it yet. I'm hoping she'll sign it for me. Anyway, she is speaking at the Healthy Woman expo in my town and I'm going with seven other girls from work. If she can't inspire me, no one will.


So, that is my plan. I turn 56 during this challenge and I'd really like to do it in a little bit smaller body. Here's hoping I can pull it off. With the encouragement of my team, I think I can.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

True Confessions

Here's the whole story......

I'm not doing bad, but I'm also not doing good.

1. I'm exercising, but not a lot.
2. I'm eating okay, but not great.
3. I'm drinking my water, but not as much as I should.
4. I'm going to bed earlier, but not as early as I had planned.

Do you get the idea? I'm doing it, but I'm really not doing it. Why is it that I get like this between challenges? I was all gung ho on Thursday when Mary won Shrinkvivor and I was still excited for my 5k on Saturday, but something happened on Sunday. I just kind of got the wind knocked out of my sails. My daughter has the flu, big time. I'm starting to feel a little crappy. Do I really feel crappy because I have a reason to or do I feel crappy by association? I'm hoping it's by association. Even if she is 23, I have been a good mommy taking care of my sick baby.

So, here's what I need. My dear sisters, please post the new challenge and all that it is going to be soon. Once I know this, I can get psyched up for it and get my mojo back. Until then, I have a tworkout to attend tonight.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Run Baby Baby Run

We left at quite literally the crack of dawn for the Run Baby Baby Run 5k.
My family and I have done this every year since it started in 2004.
It is a fundraiser for the NICU at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
My niece and God baby Courtney works there and both of her daughters started their sweet lives there.
Anna and Kamryn are both beautiful and healthy 7 and 4 year olds because of this NICU.
Kamryn wasn't quite so healthy on Saturday. She was home with her grandma because she had a sinus infection. Usually both girls are there for the race.
If we had changed to daylight savings time last week, we would have missed this beautiful sunrise.
Isn't it breathtaking?
And if my other God baby Ali hadn't looked in her rear view mirror, I would have missed this shot. I love the light from the sunrise shining on the trees.

We got to Plymouth finally after several detours. We didn't have a lot of time to check in. Good thing nobody had to go to the bathroom.

This Anna, our little NICU girl.

This is Emma, Anna's cousin. They are a month apart in age. They walked the whole race together and took great pride in the times they ran ahead of the older folks.

This is Maggie, my great niece. She ran the whole race with her mom, God baby Ali.
She's a great kid. Although soccer is her life, she gave this race all she had.
I was very proud of her.

Here we all are waiting at the starting line. I was appalled at the manners of some of the people. Far too many people talked and laughed through the entire national anthem. Even our little girls knew enough to be respectful.

Our first snowfall of the season made for some beautiful scenery.
My daughter Abby and her boyfriend Myles enjoyed the walk.

Like I said, beautiful scenery.

Here we are after the race doing what we all love about this race...eating the chili!

Next, it was time for the fun run.
Anna decided she didn't want to do it, but Emma was right there and ready to go.
And here she is after the race with her ribbon.
This is our little team. We usually have quite a few more than this, but the others had some conflicts this year. Hopefully, they'll be back next year because we all sure will be.
Could I look more stupid in the headband?
No t shirts this year. They gave hats in the swag bags. You saw how stupid I look in a hat in the above picture. I was more than happy to give my hat to Anna. You may have noticed the pacifier on top of the hat. That was my prize for coming in first place for my age group. It's not nearly as impressive as it sounds. It is a small race and there weren't that many people in my age group. I only ran three times during the race. I just started the C25K program and my running isn't pretty. This day wasn't about running and having a great finishing time. To be honest, nobody ever said what my finishing time was. It was about family and raising money for the NICU.
Here's the good news. My daughter Abby is going to do the C25K with me. We'll do the virtual 5k together in January, but our real goal is for March. There is a fundraiser for my school in March called Running with the Irish. We always walk it, but this year, we are going to run it. I'm excited to be doing this with her. My awesome and inspiring friend Mary has brought me a new commitment to exercise and fitness. She is older than me and doing so wonderful. You know Mary. She won Shrinkvivor. She's my girl and if she can do it, so can I. I'm ready to hear about the new challenge and give it all I've got. Mary made me realize that age doesn't mean a damn thing. It's the commitment that you are willing to give to achieve something that matters. Thanks Mary. You have made me realize (again) that I can do anything I put my mind to. I just have to want it enough to keep on keeping on and guess what, I do!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shrinkvivor Final Weigh In

I'm not nearly as excited for the final post of this challenge as I was for the final post of the last challenge. I was vying for the win in the last challenge. No chance of that in this one. Funny thing is, I'm okay with that. Here are the stats.

I lost 1.2 pounds this week. I think that is pretty good being I had a gain last week. I'm happy with a loss.

I tried Billy Blanks Tao Bo (sp?) this week. It was kind of a retry, but I hadn't tried it in many years. I'm not a go to the gym girl. I refuse to pay anyone money for me to lose weight. I joined Weight Watchers this summer and that was a huge stretch for me. I found out that Tao Bo is really hard. It takes a lot of stamina. But, I also learned that it could be a really good workout, if you let it.

I was really good with my water. I kept up with my fruits and vegetables. I kept reading labels. I kind of journaled my eating. I can't remember all the other things we've done.

I started this challenge at 198.8 pounds. I finish at 195 pounds. That is a loss of 3.8 pounds. A loss is good, but I'm still .2 pounds off what I finished the last challenge at.

I am very excited to have started the C25K program. I really want to be able to run an entire 5k with no injury. I think this would be a real kick in the pants for me. My daughter has even agreed to do it with me. We are doing a 5k on Saturday and using my new Gymboss to run part of it in intervals.

Here is my plan for the next challenge. Whatever the challenge is, I am going to kick it's ass. I want to be my friend Mary for it. She is in the Final 7 for this challenge and she is a rock star. I want her to win so badly. She has worked so hard and deserves it so much. If you haven't voted today, please go and vote for her. I will track my Weight Watcher points every day no matter what. I have to get beyond this working and not having time thing. I will do some form of exercise every day. I will continue to do the C25K program. I will keep drinking my water and taking my vitamins.

I want to be the best me I can be. I think my girls on Twitter are a huge help. Last night they made me think that I can do anything I put my mind to. Guess what? I really can if I just want to enough and I do want to. I want to ring in my 56th year with a healthy attitude and smaller body. I have a little more than one month to do it and I promise you I will.

Lastly, why can't Fitbloggin be in June? I want to go and meet my fellow sisters so badly, but there is no way in hell that I can go in May. I would miss preschool olympics and my firstborn grandchild's birthday. I could lose my job and grandma status over missing those. One of these days I am going to meet some of these girls who have come to mean so much to me. I think you know who you are. I love you all so much!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I Have a Friend.......

I have a friend. Her name is Mary She is one of the Final 7 in the Shrinkvivor challenge. I would love it if you voted for her. Let me give you a few reasons why.

Mary is a 64 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She handles all those jobs with much love and giving. I know Mary as an awesome friend. But, Mary is also a person who has finally learned to give to herself. I think that is a flaw that many of us have. We give to everyone but oursleves. We were on the same team for the Lowdown and Dirty in 30 challenge. We kept each other motivated and we won that challenge. I have faltered a bit since that challenge, but not Mary. She went into this Shrinkvivor challenge with everything she had and look what she got. A spot in the final 7. She has really pushed herself this challenge. If you go to her blog and read her weigh in posts, I promise you'll be impressed. She has done amazingly awesome things with the fitness and non fitness challenges. You won't believe the miles she has logged. She does the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred every day and is into level 2 now.


This is Mary on a walk we took at the Dunes this summer. She is also an excellent photographer.



Mary and I didn't meet through blogging. We met through her daughter Beth. I had Beth's kids in preschool and Mary would be there from time to time. Mary and I became friends through blogging. When we both decided to start blogs, that was when our friendship blossomed. I don't see her in person nearly enough, but our blogs and email keep us close. This is a picture of us in April at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, a cause close to both of our hearts.
If you are trying to decide who deserves your votes this week, I hope you will consider Mary. Go here and watch her vlog. She totally impressed me. She told me she was nervous, but you'd never know it. She was honest and sincere and explains why she wants to be the Shrinkvivor winner. I so want her to win. She totally deserves it. She worked so hard and has come such a long way.
Please go here and cast your votes for my friend Mary.
Thank you so much

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In # 7













So, I confessed to you all yesterday that I was in a funk this week. I sure am proving it today with my weigh in post......



Not surprisingly, I gained .4 pounds this week. I'm actually pretty happy with that. I thought it was going to be worse. My mileage was a whopping 14 miles. The one thing I did do pretty faithfully was try to read my labels for trans fats.



With the exception of my walking, the only real exercise I did this week was the tworkout last night. I'm happy to say that I think that tworkout helped me turn a corner and I may be back to my old self. I'm waiting for the new challenges to come up. I'm off the next four days and the weather isn't supposed to be awful, so I'm looking forward to getting out for some walks and taking some fall pictures.



One last thing...my wonderful friend Mary is still in this challenge. She is not with me on the island. She is a member of Tribe Outlast. I am so proud of her. Keep up the great work Mary. I know you can do this!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

True Confessions



Confession is good for the soul, right? Then confess I must. There was this really positive girl that posted ten days ago. Where the hell did she go? We need to send out a possee and find her quick because the person they left behind somehow got into a funk.


Right off the bat, I'm drinking a Bacardi and diet as I type this. It was a rough day, but really. My day started off at 8:15 with myself and my partner shut off in the basement of our building with 14 three and four year olds while the tornado sirens blared. We were down there for 40 minutes until the all clear was sounded. When we came up, it was time for the rest of the kids to come and have our Halloween party. We repeated the party thing again this afternoon. Fun times! Now, that is not what put me in a funk. To be honest with you, I don't know what has. But here's what 's been going on the last few days.....

1. I can't stop eating. If I was still having periods, I'd blame it on extreme PMS. I just keep stuffing my face. What's up with that?

2. I've pretty much forgotten what exercise is. Bad thing because I have a 5k on November 6th.

3. I went from drinking almost no diet coke to drinking almost exclusively diet coke.

4. Water, what's that????

So girls, I think I need a good ass kickin! It seems like since I got voted to Exhile Island, I'm slacking big time. My good intentions that I was sticking to before have flown out the window. I need to get back on track and fast.

I think I need to start tonight with the old tworkout. I missed it last week, but not tonight. Okay April, I need you to work me big time! I'm counting on you!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In # 6

I come to you this week from Exhile Island with no graphics. My internet was down at home this morning and I won't be home tonight, so I'm posting this on my lunch at work.

I finally lost something this week. Nothing much, but something none the less. I weighed in at 195.8 this morning. That is a loss of .6 pounds. It's fine. I've been more involved in challenges this week and being I'm on the island now, I'm okay with that.


I logged 312 minutes for the fitness challenge. It has still been beautiful weather here in northwest Indiana, so I'm spending as much time as I can outside before winter hits. I've been trying to do either the Shred or a wii game first thing in the morning before work. I've done pretty well with that.


The non fitness challenge surprised the hell out of me. EXPOSE MYSELF! Surely you must be joking. But, guess what? I pulled up my big girl panties and I did it. If you haven't read it, check it out here.


I also have another post that goes with the Love Me project that I love. If you'd like to read it, it's here.


Okay, lunch is almost over and I haven't eaten, so I better go. Hope you are all doing well with the challenge. I can't wait to get home this afternoon and hear the new challenges. After last week, I can do anything!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What I've Learned About Love in the Last 13 Days.

I have had a pretty amazing 13 days. I have been caught in a flurry of emotions. I've have dug deep in my soul. I've been full of thoughts. I've been frightened, perplexed, strong, brave, overwhelmed, but mostly I have been loved. And probably not by the people you might be thinking of.
It all started on October 3 when I took the pledge with many of my sisters to love me. It may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but for me, it was huge. I am the kind of person who puts myself out there for everyone and everything else and then has little or no time for me. Like Ado Annie in Oklahoma, I'm just a girl who can't say no. But on October 3, I promised to try to change that
So....I made it a point to find time for me and only me in every day. It showed in the Shrinkvivor challenges. For the fastest mile challenge, I finally broke my 15 minute mile and almost broke 14 minutes. Again, not a big deal for some of you, but huge for me. For the mileage challenge, I walked 26.2 miles in six days. As several people pointed out in their comments, that was a freakin marathon. I was doing this.
Now comes October 12. I'm on Twitter that night and everyone is buzzing about the Exposed Movement. I had no idea what they were talking about. I ask what's going on and I find out. To quote Melissa......
" What would it be like if we stopped wondering “what if” and “when I lose this much” and simply appreciated our bodies for what they ARE. Today. Right now. At this stage in your journey, how would it feel to say you love yourself and focus on the what your body has done for you and what it CAN do for you?".
I immediately said no way. This is not something that I would ever do. I could write a good post maybe, but never put pictures of myself out there in my undies or a bathing suit. You all have fun. I'm too old and too fat for any of this.
Never say never! Here comes October 13 and the new challenges for Shrinkvivor. I have never not done a challenge. I have always tried. I may not have succeeded in them all, but I always tried. The new non fitness challenge is to expose ourselves. Holy Mother of God!!! What the hell am I going to do now? I can't not do it. It's a challenge and I can't not do a challenge.
So....I sit down and I think. What am I so afraid of? That people will know I'm fat? Guess what? They already know that. Why else would I be trying to lose weight with the Sisterhood? Is it that I would have to face the fact that I am fat? I already know that. I've already accepted that. What's the worst thing that could happen if I do this? I would have to really accept who I am and how I look and put my money where my mouth is and truly love me for who I am and what I look like. Bingo!! That's it and I can do that.
Here comes the hard part....taking the pictures. Looking back, I should have used the timer or the remote to take the pictures, but I was just thinking "get it done". I wasn't thnking of picture quality. I put on a sports bra and workout shorts. That was as exposed as I was going to get. I went in the bathroom, took a deep breath and shot. Next, I put them on my blog and I wrote the post. The post was easier than I thought. There really are things that I like about my body. And then came the absolutely hardest part. I had to push Publish Now. So hard, but I did it.
In what seemed like seconds, I was getting comments on the post. I was overwhelmed. People were so genuinely kind and sweet. I couldn't believe that they were talking about me. It was awesome and amazing and I felt absolutely and totally loved. Loved by people that I only know through this social media site. I only know a very few of you in person. Two years ago I would have told you that it wasn't possible. Today, I can tell you that it is possible and I love you all so much. You mean so much to me and I don't ever want to imagine my life without you.
There were two things that really surprised me. There was a comment from my dear, sweet, wonderful friend Sharon. I had no idea that she even knew about this weight loss blog. I never told her. I was thrilled to read her comment though. She never fails to make me feel like a million bucks. I love her so much. She joined the Sisterhood today. She also promised me this morning that she was going to post an exposed post today. I guarantee you are going to want to read it. She is a million shades of awesome. I also noticed my beautiful daughters face in the followers pictures. I had never noticed it before. I didn't know that any of my family knew about this blog. It was my blog where I could be real and truthful with all of you. I didn't think I was ready for my family to know what I weighed. I guess at least one of them does now.
So, that is what I learned about love in the last 13 days. I learned that I really do love me. I'm really pretty awesome. I've got a long way to go, but I know I will get there and I will love me for me on this journey. I also learned that the people who are supposed to love you aren't always the ones that can give you the most love. People that I only know right here is this monitor can make me feel wonderful and awesome and so very loved. Thank you so much!
p.s. It's one of those days when Blogger won't let me make paragraphs. I'm not stupid, just frustrated with Blogger. Now that I have said this, when I hit Publish Now for the 4th time of trying, it will probably have paragraphs.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Exposed

Until last night on Twitter, I had never heard of the Exposed movement. Some of my sisters from the Sisterhood were talking about it and how they were going to do it. The premise of the whole movement is to post pictures of yourself and tell the world why you love yourself. To say that you love your body and all the wonderful things it can do. They were discussing if they were going to do it in underwear or bikini. I laughed. At that point, I wasn't even considering doing this. Even if I was, I don't have any cute underwear sets and I haven't owned a bikini in more years than I care to count. After lots of tweets, I went to bed.



I didn't think about it again until I got home from work today. That was when I watched Melissa's vlog about the new challenges for this week for Shrinkvivor. Now I have never been one to step back from a challenge. I have tried everything the sisters have thrown at me. So I did some thinking. Do I want my fear of "exposing" myself to the world make me a quitter?



It's 24 hours from the start of this whole thing and I'm back on Twitter. The girls are all talking about there posts and pictures and I'm starting to feel guilty. If they can do this, what the hell am I so afraid of? It can't be that somebody might think I'm fat because I already know that is true. So I just said screw it and put on a sports bra and exercise shorts and got the camera.



After lots of thought and reflection, here is what I decided about my body.



This body has given me life for almost 56 years. It is not in it's best shape, but that is a work in progress. My stomache is soft and squishy, but it carried five babies in it. Four of those babies were full term and once they came two at a time. It was streched to it's limits and has the scares to prove it. But it's getting stronger all the time and can do 50 sit ups at a time now.

These arms can hug, comfort, lift weights, do push ups, cook, clean, write, type, cuddle and love on my grandkids.

These legs have walked two mini marathons. They can dance up a storm. They never fail to get me where I need to be. And when I really push them, they try to run.

Here is the bottom line. I may not be what I want to be
right now, but I am beautiful. I am a great wife and mother. I am a totally awesome grandma. I am a daughter, sister, friend and teacher. This body lets me do pretty much everything I want to do. This body and me are pretty damn awesome and when we post this next year, we'll be even better.

Now comes the really hard part....can I hit publish post?






Shrinkvivor Week #5

We'll start with the not so great news. For the second week in a row, I have maintained. I'm still 196.4. I know it's better than gaining, but what the hell? I thought I was eating right, but I'm not positive because that food journaling challenge didn't go too well. In order to log my food, I've decided I need to quit my job. I have sucked at it since the end of August when I went back to work. I did great all summer while I was home. Seeing how quiting my job isn't in the cards right now, I'm going to have to figure this out.

I did well with the mileage challenge. I had 26.2 miles. I know for some people that isn't great, but for me, it is. Once again, that job gets in the way. I did more than usual this week because of the challenge, but other things got left by the wayside. Once again, I need to figure this all out.

Speaking of work, I have to get there. Hope you all did well and I'm pretty sure I'll be joining the island folk this week. I certainly deserve to. it's okay though. I love Jimmy Buffett. Maybe he plays some sets over there.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #4

Can you believe that it is weigh in #4? Time is going too fast. How can it already be October?

I'll start with the not so great news. I maintained this week. I had hoped to not do that this challenge. The stakes are too high, but maintaining is better than gaining. It could have been a gain, so I'll take it.






Now comes the amazing part of this post. Checkout these treadmill screens. I know that for many of you, these are nothing. I'm sure it is very slow for you, but for me, they are amazing. I have never been able to break a 15 minute mile before. I set my sights on doing that this week for the mile challenge and I did it. 14:04!!! I got as high as a 6 on the treadmill. I had never gone past a 4 before. I finished on 4 this time. There was a point where I didn't know if I was going to pee my pants or fall off like they do on Biggest Loser. But guess what? I didn't do either. I finished happy and sweaty.

The next challenge was the five servings of fruit and veggies. I rocked this one. I'm pretty good about it normally, but I made sure I got at least five servings this week. I found a great snack at Costco this week. It is dried apples, cherries and cranberries. Yummy.
I kept up on previous challenges of water and fast food. Still no fast food and no less than 64 ounces of water a day. I've finally gotten to the point where my body is used to the water and I'm spending less time in the bathroom. I'm not sure if that is good or bad. Could that have anything to do with my maintaining this week?
I was sad last week when we lost half of our tribe at weigh in. I felt terrible when we found out that one of the girls didn't weigh in on purpose because she felt like she was dragging us down. We have never heard from the other two girls at all. Our remaining three promised to make Georgia proud. I don't think I did that with my weight, but hopefully she'll be proud of my mile.
So now I wait. Wait till tomorrow and see where the chips fall. Whatever happens, I will remain proud of that mile. I never thought I could do it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I Love Me


So, first I took the pledge....



The Pledge to Love Myself.


I pledge allegiance, TO MYSELF.

Today I will proclaim it

out loud,

TALL AND PROUD

I LOVE MYSELF.

From this day forward,

I promise to be nice.

TO myself and ABOUT myself.

I will accept my quirks and I will love my faults.

I will love my shape, whatever it is

My bones, my muscles, my hair and my face.

My body, all of it, inside and out.

Because that is what makes me, ME.

And there is only one of me.

I will finally allow myself to see what others see.

My kindness, my spirit, my love.

And starting today, I will share some of it,

with ME.

Because I deserve it.

I will fight for myself, because I’m important.

And I deserve to be everything I am capable of in my life.

I deserve to find my greatness and live my life fully and completely.

With no regrets.

There is so much I want to do in my life,

but first, it begins with “me.”

I LOVE MYSELF.

Today, tomorrow, and every day after that.

I LOVE MYSELF, DAMMIT!

And no one can stop me.


Now comes the hard part. I am participating in the month long project over at the Sisterhood. It's the I Love Myself project. The Sisterhood is declaring October “I LOVE MYSELF” Month! A month dedicated entirely to finding acceptance and love in our hearts for ourselves. Because no one can love us completely and fully unless we love ourselves completely and fully first. There is plenty of love to go around, but we never quite have enough for ourselves and this October we’re changing that.


So that is how I am going to spend my month. Living up to the pledge I have taken and will reread every morning as I start my day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #3

I'm not going to make big excuses for my pitiful weight loss. It was an awful week of stress and emotions, but I could have done better. I can't use that as an excuse. I lost .6 pounds. I guess any loss is a good loss though.


I kicked ass on the fast food challenge. Not one morsel of fast food. I have to confess though that I gave up fast food about a year ago, so this wasn't really hard to do. It's funny though that when people at work had fast food for lunch, it smelled good to me. That hasn't happened in a long time.


The exercise challenge was good too. I had 426 minutes. Every day I did 20 minutes of the Shred or Biggest Loser wii game and 50 minutes on the treadmill or outside. I got the extra six minutes last night doing the tworkout. I got a call that I had to take from a good friend who's husband had a heart attack on Sunday. By the time I got off the phone, everyone else was on the last exercise. At 9:00 at night, I lost my motivation. At least I got the first six minutes.
I've been real good about keeping up with my water intake. I never have less than 64 ounces and most days I have more.


My husband is leaving Sunday on a week long fishing trip. This should help my game next week. I can eat so much better when he's not around. My daughter and I won't have red meat at all next week. We'll have a lot more fruit and veggies. My daughter is very supportive of my efforts here.


That's my story for this week. How did you all do?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

True Confessions

I'm writing this at school on my lunch hour, so I can't put the True Confessions icon up. It looks kind of bare without it. I have a few things to confess.

1. I'm not overly confident about the weigh in tomorrow. It's been a rough week with the emotions. I think everything is working it self out now, but it was stressful for awhile. One of the most stressful things was one of my best friends husband having a heart attack. If you read my last post about Vickie's Chickies, this is Vickie's husband. Although it looks like he is going to be okay and the heart damage is minimal, I really don't know how much more this poor girl can take. You should read the last post.

2. Spending all day Sunday at the hospital, I did nothing and I mean nothing. I didn't exercise, I didn't drink water, I barely ate. Bad day all around.

3. Although I keep trying, I can't seem to make myself get to bed at a decent time. Midnight has become early for me.

So that's it. Nothing awful, but nothing great either. We'll see what happens tomorrow. I sure hope it doesn't end up being my week to be exhiled.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vickie's Chickies

I have a friend. A very good friend named Vickie. She is one of those friends that everyone should have. She would do anything for you, no matter the cost to her. She is in a real fight right now and myself and some other friends are helping in any way we know how.

One of those ways is to walk with Vickie in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October. You see Vickie's fight started almost six years ago with breast cancer. She did really well with that fight and we thought we won. Little did we know that last summer, her cancer would come back in her lungs. She is doing really well so far and we would like to fight to do everything we can to help keep it that way. Research is such a powerful tool.

There is a way you can help us. We are raising money for the walk. We would like our team to come in first place for fundraising. One of our moms at school is a Lia Sophia jewelry representative. She has offered to have a book party for us and give us her 30% commission.

Here is how you can help us.

For Online Orders: Go to www.liasophia.com/jessicadgage and then to the jewelry tab at the top. When prompted for hostess name, enter Vickie’s Chickies, shop using the online catalogs, then proceed to checkout. It’s very easy. In order for Jessica to close the party and get her 30% commission to us by our walk on October 17, this will have to be a short sale. All orders, online and on paper will need to be placed no later than September 30.I'm counting on any of you who can to help us.

Vickie has been fighting for a long year with things thrown it that no one fighting that fight should have to deal with. Her dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer and her mom had knee replacement. Very unexpectedly, she lost her mom when she fell at her home and suffered a head injury. She has been through too much. I hope you can help us.

Thank you so much for your support. It means everything!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #2



Woot Woot




















I am so excited!!! Do you see that number? I lost 1.8 pounds. I worked really hard and it shows. I couldn't be happier.



I did all the things I said I was going to do. I tracked my food points. I worked out. I walked. I drank water till I sloshed.



I drank no less than 64 ounces of water a day. I have a 64 ounce (the amount of water you are supposed to drink in a day) water jug that I fill every night before bed. I start drinking when I get up. Usually I am finished with it before I leave work. Then I would come home and keep on drinking. Usually another 16 to 24 ounces. I was having a problem last week remembering to take the bottle to work with me. This week, I put a note on the bathroom mirror to remind me. I just put the bottle on the counter by my lunch and then I couldn't forget it. Problem solved.



I walked three miles a day for a total of 18 miles. I wish it was still summer and I was off and could have done much more. 18 miles is pretty good though, I think.



So, that's my story. Better get ready for work. I'll read all your posts tonight. Hope you all had a good week too.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

True Confessions


It's my first True Confession Shrinkvivor edition. It may be my best edition ever. I've been very good.
1. I have counted my points all week.
2. I have walked every day. I thought my mileage was pretty good until I saw Bari's on Twitter. You are awesome girl!
3. I drank no less than 64 ounces of water a day. Most days I drank more than that.
4. I went to a reunion type party with a bunch of the girls I graduated with. It was so much fun. I was very proud of myself. I ate very sensibly and drank no liquor. No Bacardi for this girl.
5. I ate lots of fruits and vegetables.
I did good, right? I'm actually excited for weigh in tomorrow and the Biggest Loser premier and the tworkout tonight. What is happening to me? I really like all this stuff now. It's about time, don't you think?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Thursday Three / Love Me

I'm running a little behind on this assignment because it's been a busy week. Sorry April! I really meant to get it done on Thursday night, but I didn't get home till after midnight. Yesterday was equally busy. Today, I have a little time this afternoon. The directions for this assignment were....

Today’s Thursday Three is a love letter to YOU. Write a love letter to yourself and include three things (at least) why you awesomely amazingly beautiful. Because, trust me, you are.

Dear Nancy,
Knowing you like I do, I was pretty sure you would have a little bit of a hard time with this. You are your own worst critic. Finding the good in yourself is not your strong point. You are much better at finding fault with yourself. It doesn't matter if it's true or not, you will find something you think is wrong. But, that is also something that you are working on.
It took some thinking and soul searching, but I did come up with some things that make me awesome. Yes, I said it. There are things that make me awesome.
1. I am a giver. Sometimes to a fault, but I love to do for others. Right now, I am working on fundraising for the Making Strides walk. (Shameless plug, widget on sidebar. Feel free to donate) It is a walk that is very close to my heart. One of my very best friends is fighting cancer right now and it all started with breast cancer. My sister and another good friend had better outcomes when their biopsies came back negative. I do many walks in the course of the year for different charities. I love to do them. It is such a positive feeling. I feel like I am doing something to help with things that are on such a huge scale. When every little bit helps, I am helping and I like that feeling.
2. I'm not afraid to have a good time. Believe it or not, this hasn't always been the case. I was always worried about what people would say, what people would think. Guess what, who cares. I'm not doing anything wrong. I like to go to baseball and football games. I like to go out with friends and our husbands. I like to go out with the girls without our husbands. I like to stay home and have friends over to play pool, play board games or watch sports. I just plain and simple enjoy having a good time.
3. I am the most awesome grandma. I really am and I don't mind tooting my own horn about it. I have three of the best grandkids. Today, we went to the Oz Fest parade while their mom and dad went shopping. I love to have them spend the night. We love to bake and go for walks and do crafts and go on little trips to the orchard or park or numerous other places. I think being a grandparent is one of the best things in the world and I am damn good at it.
4. I'm getting better and better at this fitness journey I am on. I'm sure not saying I am perfect at it because I have many a slip up, but I'm getting better all the time. I've gotten to a point where I think I actually like working out. I said like, not love but hey, that is certainly a step in the right direction
So my dear, you do have a little awesomeness in you. I just wish you didn't have to look so hard to find it. It's there. It's always right there where everyone else can see it, but you miss it most of the time. You really have to work on being good to you and seeing the good in you. You are an awesome, beautiful person and people tell you that often and you can never just accept the compliment. You shrug it off like they are lying. You have to stop doing that. You are a very worthwhile person who many people love and count on. You have to learn to love and count on you too. You are worth it and I know it because I am you. I might be your conscience, but I see all the goodness and light and all the colors of you. You need to see them too. Give it a try. I bet you'll like what you see.
Love you,
Nancy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #1




There you have it! The good, the bad and the ugly! The good would be the new challenge. The bad and the UGLY would be the weight. I almost lost it in the bathroom this morning when I weighed myself. Don't ask me why, but I didn't weigh in last week. So, imagine my surprise when I weigh in this morning and I gained 4 pounds since the end of the last challenge.
How do you gain four pounds in two weeks????? You know how....you stress eat. It wasn't like I was eating crap though. I was eating pretty good stuff. But, even good food in massive quantities will get ya. I'm certainly proof of that
Here's my game plan for this challenge.
1. Work really hard on the Monthly Project. I think that will really help with the stress eating.
2. Track my food on the Weight Watchers website. I have to get back to doing that. I keep saying it, but I just haven't gotten in the swing of it since I went back to work.
3. Drink the 64 ounces of water that i need to drink. It seems like I am doing it every other day for some dumb reason. I bought the big bottle and fill it before I go to bed, so it's ready to go the next morning. Some days I just forget to take it to work. Mental note to self....take water bottle to work.
4. Keep in close contact with Tribe Copper for support and inspirtion.
5. Work hard on whatever those weekly challenge things are called.
6. Remember that I have to be serious about this challenge and nobody but me is going to get this done. The time is now and I am the person who can do it. I just have to believe in me!!!
I just have to believe in me!
(does that kind of look like copper?)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lose for Good / True Confessions


















UPDATE
The winner of the Lose for Good shirt is Mendie. Congratulations girl!

Please email me your mailing info.

Today is Lose-A-Palooza!



Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day social media event created to encourage participation in the Lose For Good® campaign** to benefit Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.



I am a member of Weight Watchers and proud to help with this special day.



I have purchased the shirt pictured above and you could win it.



All you have to do is help spread the word and leave me the link in your comment.



For every accepted mention or acknowledgment of “Lose For Good” made on September 14th through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and check-ins via foursquare, Weight Watchers will donate $1 – up to $60,000* – to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.



This is a one day giveaway.



I will pick the winner on September 15th.



Now, on to the True Confessions part of this post. It's ugly friends, really ugly.



1. I have gained in the last two weeks since the end of our last challenge. I am embarrassed because my team won that challenge and I should still be losing, not gaining.



2. This one is really embarrassing considering the people involved in the first part of this post. I am still struggling with tracking my points on the website. I just can't get my @$#% together since I went back to work. If I do nothing else, I have to start doing this again. I was really good at it this summer. I can be again.



3. I haven't gotten a lot of exercise in this week. Who knows why? I just haven't.



4. My food choices haven't been horribly bad, but I haven't been planning meals like I should. Once again, that work thing is changing lots of the things I was doing this summer. One of my problems is we have snack twice a day at preschool. I have to not have snack twice a day at preschool.



the good news....we start a new challenge tomorrow and I am going to give it my all. I'm going to get my ducks in a row (what a dumb saying) and do my best. I'm going to do the meal planning and the exercise and the tracking. I am going to do whatever the challenges are in Shrinkvivor. I have been mulling over giving running another shot. I'm waiting to hear if the Sisterhood is going to do the November 5k thing again. That would make my decision easier. I'd try it again for sure for that.

That's my post. Help spread the word for Lose for Good and free yourself with your own True Confession. I feel much better. You will too.

Jump Start

The Monthly Project at the Sisterhood this month is Free Yourself! Once and For All! The first assignment is the following....

This week PICK ONE thing that you really really really despise about yourself, something that you do that thwarts your weight-loss efforts, something that prevents you from making time, someone in your life that’s always negative, some inner monologue that always rears its ugly head and fills you up with doubt, JUST PICK ONE THING! And then exchange it for something better.

My first problem came with Christie's pick for herself. She picked exactly what I would have picked. I have spent the last four hours trying to think of another thing, but I keep going back to my original thought. Then it hit me...I can do it. Christie isn't the only person with this problem. So here it is....

Christie called it her constant feeling of obligation, but I call it my inability to say no. I bet you that at least half of our sisters here have the same problem. Why is that I will put everyone else's needs and desires above my own? It happens every single day of my life. Some days it's in little ways and other days it is in huge ways, but it is always there at some point of every day.

Tackling this is going to be tough and I'm not exactly sure how I am going to go about it. I'm probably really crazy to tackle this the same week we start a new challenge, but maybe this is the perfect time. I'm going to be needing some real "me" time for this challenge. Not exercising is definitely not going to be an option. That has to happen at some point in every day. I have to learn to say no, at least some of the time.

I'm not sure at what point we report back and say how we are doing, but until we do, I have a new mantra...."Oh sorry, I can't do that for you right now". Do you think I can do it? I'm going to give it my best shot. I've been a pleaser for so long, it is going to be really hard. If I can do it, it will be so freeing. I will feel better, inside and out. So much less stress.

Crossing my fingers and here goes...........

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fitness Giveaway

There is one day left to enter my fitness giveaway on my other blog.

http://bacardimama.blogspot.com/2010/08/csn-stores-review-and-giveaway.html

Head on over and check it out.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Look Who I Get To Meet


I am beyond excited for November 18th to come. I am going with some friends to hear Ali Vincent speak. She was the first ever female winner of the Biggest Loser. I loved her when she was on the show and I love her on the Biggest Loser wii game.

I need to hear her story from her. I need her experience and knowledge. I need her inspiration.

I just ordered her book from Amazon. I didn't know she had written a book. I wonder if I take it with me that night if she would sign it?

I feel like I am on a good phase of my journey to weight loss and fitness. I want to be healthy and happy. I feel like any tool that I can find to help me is a good thing. I think Ali will be a good thing. I just wish I didn't have to wait two and a half months to hear her. That's okay. I'll see how much more weight I can lose before I meet her.

I can guarantee you there will be a big old post after that night!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Down and Dirty Final Check In



Today is the final check in for the Down & Dirty in 30 Challenge. I have loved this challenge. I have loved my team. We are the Lowdown Dirty Losers and we are awesome. I think we have a good chance of winning this challenge.


I am proud to say that I have consistently lost weight every week during this challenge. Last week I weighed in at 196 pounds. Today I am 194.5 pounds. That would be a loss of 1.5 pounds. I set a goal of 5 pounds to lose for this challenge. I made it. Here are my stats.....


Starting Weight 199.7 pounds

Weight Today 194.5 pounds

Total Loss 5.2 pounds


This challenge also brought me to the next peak in my weight loss journey. I have earned my 10 pound badge. I was 205 pounds when I joined Weight Watchers last month. Today, I have lost 10.5 pounds. I am really doing this.


I want to thank Christy for an awesome tworkout last night. That may just been what gave me the extra .3 pounds to get over the 5 pound mark. Love you girl!!


Now comes the hard part, waiting till tomorrow to see the final results. We have been in first place a couple times during this challenge. It would be a great way to finish.


Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my absolutely awesome team. You have been wonderful and supportive. I never could have come out where I have without you. I will miss you all when I have to start the next challenge without you.


Okay, see you all tomorrow when the Lowdown Dirty Losers hopefully win the Down & Dirty in 3o Challenge.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

True Confessions

This is probably going to be the most boring confession I've ever written. I have been so good this week. You know we have the end of the challenge tomorrow and I really want my team to win. In the last team challenge, my team came in second and I still remember how it felt. I don't want that feeling again this time. So, needless to say, I have been very good and tried very hard this week. I have done a couple things wrong though.

1. I still have to get back on track with tracking my points. It's just getting back on track with being back at work too. I have been eating the right things, I just haven't been tracking them on the website. I must work on that.

2. We had a big family birthday party on Sunday. I confess that I had two Bacardi and diets. I didn't eat any sweets though. Mostly salads and veggies.

That's it ladies. Boring, I know, but I think that can be a good thing too. Hopefully, it all helps with the final standings for the challenge. We'll see later this week. How did you all do?

Monday, August 30, 2010

CSN Stores Fitness Giveaway

I have a new giveaway at my other blog. Check it out at ......
http://bacardimama.blogspot.com/2010/08/csn-stores-review-and-giveaway.html

If you haven't looked yet, check out the post before this one for the winner of the EA Sports Active More Workouts giveaway.

EA Sports Active Winner

The winner of the EA Sports Active More Workouts is #8, Amy.
I would have posted the actual random.org widget, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. Just call me computer stupid!
I'm really excited for Amy because she just happens to be one of my team members for the team challenge at the Sisterhood. The one that we plan to win on Wednesday.
Amy, please email me your address and I'll send it off to Kathryn and you'll be working out before you know it. I think you are going to love it. I sure do.
Thanks to everyone who entered.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Checking In


Today's post is going to be short and sweet. I have to start school today. I could tell you lots of things, but I just have time for a few. Here we go......
Last week, I weighed 197.2. This week I am an even 196 for a loss of 1.2 pounds. With that loss, I am one pound away from my 10 pound badge. I'm happy.
I had a blast last night doing the tworkout with Tara Costa. She definitely put us through our paces, but it was great. Congratulations to all the people who won Subway gift cards.
As much as I would like to stay here and chat, I have to email my team and hit the shower. Wish me luck. Today is Get Acquainted Day with all five classes of preschoolers and their parents. I am especially excited about one little preschooler who starts class tomorrow. It's my granddaughter Natalie. This is going to be a great year.
Hope you all had a good week. Just not too good because I would like the Lowdown Dirty Losers to regain 1st place. Just kidding! I'll read all your posts tonight.