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.

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


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!!