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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fireworks Ahead!

There are fireworks going off here tomorrow!!
I have been doing a lot of serious goal setting and planning the past week or so and I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about it. I'll recap 2011 and let you in on my plans for next year. Stop back and check it all out. In the meantime.....

Have a very Happy New Years Eve!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

True Confessions

It's been quite awhile since I've posted a True Confession. I just get busy and things start to get away from me. It doesn't mean that I don't have anything to say or that things are going badly.
What I have been thinking about lately is that perfection just isn't a reality in my life. I am never going to be perfect. No matter how hard I try, it is just not going to happen. But....I am okay with that.

I might be older and I may be overweight, but this body can do some amazing things. I can walk for miles. I can do a kettle bell workout with the younger girls in class and keep up just fine. I can zumba and look ridiculous and not even care.

I may never be a size 8 again. I am okay with that. It wouldn't make me a perfect person to be a size 8 again. Just like staying a size 14 won't make me a perfect person. It's okay to not be perfect. It really, truly is okay.

Here is my confession.....perfect is not for me. I will never be perfect. I won't aspire to be perfect. It's a goal that I won't reach no matter how hard I try. I am going to be happy to just be me. I will be the best me that I can be. I will continue to eat right and exercise often. I will be a good wife, mom, grammy and friend. I will help anyone who asks me to. I will laugh. I will cry. I will drink Bacardi and diet. I will enjoy the little things. And I won't be perfect and that is just fine with me.

This is my goal for the new year. I just want to be the best me I can be. I won't be perfect, but I could end up pretty awesome.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

True Confessions

I am writing this at school on my lunch hour, so it's going to be short and sweet. I don't even have time to read the True Confessions post of the SJ website. Sorry Mel, I promise to read it after school.

Here's my confessions....
1. Ever since I got voted to Exile Island, I've been lacking. Lacking in so many things weight and fitness related. Right off the bat for the first time in the challenge I gained weight. Halloween came that same week and so did the Butterfingers.

2. I've been exercising less. I read what other people are doing in the challenge and I know that I don't have a chance in hell of doing anything big on the island. Does that me that I should just give up? Of course not, but you'd think I have with the little that I have done this week.

3. Have you ever heard of water? It sounds vaguely familiar. Could someone please refresh my memory? Somehow in the back of my mind, I think I remember it being something important.

4. Mr. Bacardi has been my friend too much this week.

5. Meal planning has gone right out the window and eating out has become too much of a weekly thing.

Do you get the picture? I know exactly what I need to do and I'm going to do it. Starting right here and right now. I'm dumping out the rest of the diet coke I have beside me and getting my water out of the fridge. You see....I bring the water to work. I just don't think of drinking it. I am stopping at the store on my way home and getting something healthy to make for dinner instead of going for the 2 meals for $20. at our favorite bar/restaurant that usually includes a few cocktails. I'm going to exercise class tonight and I really hope it's piyo.

Okay...that feels better already. I don't think there will any big losses tomorrow but check back next week. I may surprise you.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Ran the Hood 2011 / Well, I Walked the Hood

It was a sunny but chilly morning in northwest Indiana on Saturday. It was the perfect day to "Run the 'Hood" sponsored by the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans with some family and a friend. We started out a bigger group, but we got smaller as the day approached. My son-in-law ran early so he could watch the grand kids and my daughter could walk with us. Another daughter ended up having to work and a friend wound up sick and her husband wasn't walking without her. These misfortunes took us down to a team of husband, two daughters, a friend and me. It was all good.
We all started arriving a little before 10:00. That is Mari and Sarah making their way across the parking lot. We decided to walk at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. I thought the colors would be pretty this time of year. With the hurricane force winds we had earlier in the week, a lot of the color was gone, but some of it stayed around for us.

Some of us had to finish our breakfast. Abby is going to kill me for this picture.

Dick made fun of the fact that last week he was a Vickie's Chickie at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and now he was in the Sisterhood. Good thing the poor guy is secure in his masculinity.

Mari got things ready with her Run Keeper.

So off we went. It was starting to warm up a little and the views were lovely. There was still some color to see. I love the water feature in the pond and there are lots of little bridges

Mari and I took the lead with Dick, Sarah and Abby bringing up the rear. That didn't last terribly long. Mari is really a runner and she walks really fast. I kept taking pictures and getting further behind her. It was at the first water hazard that she left me in the dust.

This is the point in the story when it gets fun or should I say funny. Dick is now beginning to leave the girls and I in the dust. They are too nice to leave their mom and I keep slowing down to take pictures. I slowed down to take the picture below and tripped on a tree root and fell. All I could think about was "save the camera" and if you know me at all, you know that I love my Nikon D3000. I would never let anything happen to that camera. So good camera mommy that I am, I held the camera up and I fell. Much to my surprise, I popped right back up. Just a few scratches on my left calf and off we went. We tried to go around water hazard number 2, but it was wet all the way across. Now we had wet shoes and socks, but at least it had warmed up by then.

Before Dick left us, he said that anytime we came to a fork on the trail, we should go right. So...we came to our first fork on the trail and we turned right. Bad move! We started walking and went on for a bit and as we walked the path became less and less a path. More like matted down leaves. Abby is bringing up the rear saying that if we meet up with Bambi she is going to scream. Below is a picture of Sarah saying "Why did we listen to dad, this cannot be the right way!".

This is the part where we added an extra one mile to our walk. We turned around and headed back to the fork where we made the wrong choice. We finally get back there and we go left. We go over some more bridges and a few more water hazard's and we finally see the parking lot. Dick and Mari are waiting for us. Dick has water bottles for us and the girls tell him that he was so wrong. I tell him I fell and he says he's not surprised. I have done this before. Some of us are just fallers. Mari says she ran the last mile and a half and Dick says he's been back for about 15 minutes.

Here's my team when we finally were all reunited. Nobody was around so I could get a picture of all five of us. My time was 56:02. Not that bad when you consider we walked an extra mile. That was confirmed by my Fitbit that said I had walked 4.2 miles.

Nine weeks ago I said that I was going to run this race. I came to my senses a few weeks ago. I gave all the reasons I gave up the C25K program here. I was totally okay with walking this race today. I had some awesome one on one time with two of my daughters. Sarah is the one with the three grand kids and we almost never have a time to talk like that without the little darlings chiming in.

It was a perfect day, fall and all. If we have this race again next year, I'll be doing it and trying to recruit a bigger team. I hope you all had as much fun as I did.

p.s. I woke up this morning and went to stretch like I always do and OWWWW. My left hip and upper arm hurt. Guess I didn't quite bounce back like I thought. As I am typing this tonight, my hip doesn't hurt anymore and my arm is still sore. I'll be fine!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shrinkvivor Week 4

Week 4!?!? Holy cow, where is this challenge going? I love the Shrinkvivor challenge. It makes me stick to a plan and dig deep trying to not get voted off the island. So far, I haven't, but then there is always tribal council tomorrow.

This week I lost one pound. I kind of thought it would be more than that, but I'll take it. I had 402 exercise minutes this week and I did a pretty good job going green. The fact that every green pepper in my garden was ripe this week helped tremendously. I did make a major decision about how I exercise just in time for the Run the Hood 5k. You can read all about that over here.

If you have a chance to try a piyo class, do it! It is a most awesome class that gives you one heck of a workout. It mixes pilates and yoga and I thought it would be kind of flowing and easy. I was so wrong. It is flowing (if you do it right) but there is nothing easy about it. I love it though. I really do. Try it if you get a chance.

Team Vickie's Chickies!

Part of my exercise minutes this week came from the 5k I did on Sunday. It was the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and I was a proud member of Vickie's Chickies. You can read my blog post about the walk here. That is Vickie front and center in the pink fleece. She is one of my very best friends and I do this walk for her and you. As of last night, I raised $1120.00 for Making Strides. I am very proud of that. I love Vickie and I would do anything for her.

Okay, that's what went on this week. See you all at tribal council. Good luck to us all!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shrinkvivor Week 2

Well, it's the first weigh in after the initial let's get started weigh in. I am thrilled to say that I lost 2.2 pounds. I worked hard for that loss and I'm proud of it.

I have been going to classes twice a week. We had boot camp on Thursday and Tuesday and it was brutal, but man I got a great workout. I am also doing workouts at home on different days. I logged 467 exercise minutes this week.

I'm still trying to do the C25K program. I have to admit that I won't be done by the 5k because I have repeated more than one week. I'm old and have a bad knee and a bad ankle. It is hard on my joints when I come pounding down on them with all my weight. But I keep doing it because I swore to myself that I would run the entire 5k. I don't know if that will happen or not now. It's hard and to be totally honest with you all, I do not like running. This is like the third or fourth time I've tried to run and I still hate it. I guess we just wait till October 22 and see what happens.

I've been pretty on track with my eating. I didn't have any fast food but that really isn't a challenge for me. I gave up fast food a year or so ago. I am lucky in the fact that if I try to eat it now, it literally makes me sick. I'm following an eating plan that my fitness coach set up for me and it's not too bad. I love Friday! That is my free day with no exercise and I get to eat anything I want.

Tribe Maroon become the Maroon Maniacs. I love my tribe. They are a great bunch of supportive ladies. Unfortunately, we lost one of our members before we even got started. She never weighed in for the first weigh in. I don't understand why people sign up for challenges if they have no intention of doing it. Makes no sense to me at all.

Hope everyone had a great week. I have no idea what will happen tomorrow. If I'm the first to go to Exile Island, so be it. I'd like to spend a little time here though. We'll see what happens. Good luck everyone.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shrinkvivor Week One

Can you believe it? The start of the new Shrinkvivor challenge is finally here. I am excited about this challenge. I am so ready for this. I truly truly believe that this is going to be my best challenge ever.

I am a member of Tribe Maroon and from what I can tell so far, we are going to be a great group. We are all over the country and run the gamut of ages. I think it's going to be fun with these ladies.

I have a plan for this challenge. I have goals written. I have planned the times for exercise in my week. Even though I haven't been blogging about it, I have been meal planning. If it kills me, I will start getting enough sleep. My fitness instructor, who is now also my fitness coach is insisting that I get at least seven hours of sleep a night. She also insists that I take two days a week off. She introduced me to Piyo last night and it was an awesome class. I love her.

This weeks physical challenge is to get up and get moving. We are logging our exercise hours. I am all over this. Now that my exercise is planned into my day, this is going to be great.

I am really looking forward to seeing what I can do during this challenge. I have a plan and I have determination. I have a great tribe behind me. I think it's going to be all good.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Loving My Insides

My friend Lisa wrote a post on the Shrinking Jeans site that had an assignment in it. She has asked us to write a post about three things that we love about our insides. To quote Lisa..."I want each of us to focus on the innards of our bodies, the things we love about our insides-our personalities, our mental fortitude, or the like". You'll understand that more when you read my three things.

The first thing I love about my insides is my heart. I have a big heart. I will pretty much do anything for anybody at any time. Sometimes even to a fault. I love to have a cause. Right now I am starting to gear up for my fundraising for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

The next thing I love is that I have finally given myself the power to really take the bull by the horns and really work on this weight loss and fitness journey. I have doing it for several years now and just haven't made any great progress. I finally feel like I am in the right frame of mind and I am going to do this. My fitness instructor is now also my fitness coach. We sat down last night and put pen to paper and laid out a real plan. I truly believe I can stick to this plan and Nikki is there to help me stay on track. Watch out folks because you might just be reading the blog of the next Shrinkvivor champion.

Lastly, I love that I don't back down from a challenge. The easiest way to get me to do something is tell that I can't do it. The personification of this was last years Exposed post. The truest proof that a challenge doesn't scare me. Although I'm a little like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz when it comes to water. Water scares me. Especially deep water. There are no triathalons in my future. I can promise you that.

Those are three things that I love about my insides. I actually can think of a couple more, but Lisa only asked for three. Thanks Lisa. I enjoyed this.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Personal Goals with Help

It's been over a week since I have been here. It's hard getting back in the the swing of going to work and getting all the other things done as well. Once I get it all worked out, I really do get more done. It's just getting back in the swing of it that takes a little time.

I had an awesome conversation on Facebook tonight with my fitness instructor. She has offered to be my personal coach. Not my personal trainer, I can't afford that. Here is what she is proposing....

1. Weekly check-ins, not weigh ins though. I do those at Shrinking Jeans.
2. Help me monitor my progress
3. Talk about any set backs and how to over come them
4. Help me move forward towards reaching my goals
5. Help me write out training plans

I'm going to try it. I feel bad because she doesn't want anything to do this. She said it's not about money for her. It is about helping people reach their goals and she totally means it. She is that awesome a person.

I'm moving along with the C25K program. I just finished week 3 today. I keep waiting for it to get a little easier, but so far that hasn't happened yet. That's okay though because I am not quitting. I will run the whole Run the Hood 5k if it kills me.

Although I haven't blogged about it, I have been doing meal planning. I did it last week and I planned this weeks meals today. It certainly makes it easier now that I am back at work.

Has anyone else watched the new Ali Vincent show on the Live Well network? It just started last week. I really liked it. I met her last winter. I just wish I would have been writing for Shrinking Jeans then so I might have been able to interview her. I did get to meet her and get my picture taken with her though. Here's the link to that post from last November. She was awesome and so inspirational. I wish I had her talk on tape to listen to it again.

One last's only 40 days till the Run the Hood 5k. But there is only 10 more days to sign up to run or walk it. Have you signed up yet? Here's the link. Don't be left out. It's going to be so much fun. T shirts, finisher medals and swag bags. What else can you ask for? Go sign up!

That's it for now. Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Burst into Summer Finale

It's here my friends. The finale of the Burst into Summer challenge. If you read last weeks post, you know that I have been on quite a journey during this challenge.

I lost 1.1 pounds last week. That puts me at a total loss for the challenge of 8.6 pounds. It's not the 15 pounds I had hoped for, but I'll take it. I'm not going to make excuses for not reaching my goal. If you have been checking in here, you know all about it.

I did my best to finish strong. I did all the things I had set as my goals for the challenge. I drank my water, I exercised, I ate right, I took my vitamins. All the good stuff and it seems to have worked.

Yesterday I did Week 2 Day 1 of the C25K program. It's still hard, but I'm okay with that. I am hoping that it does get easier at some point though. I can be patient. I just hope by October 22 and the Run the Hood 5k, I can run the whole race. That is my new goal.

I want to thank my team members of Team 4. We lost one member along the way, but we did a pretty good job. We have been in second place for the last few weeks and each week we kept getting closer to first place. If we pull out a win in this last week, it would be awesome. If we don't, I'll still be proud of us. We have always been in at least the Top 10. We did good.

So now I wait until tomorrow for the leader board. The numbers between 1st and 2nd were really close last week. Team 4 has a shot at pulling this out. Here's hoping!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 10

Burst into Summer challenge yes, but this post is so not about the challenge. It is so not about the challenge that I am writing it on Tuesday night. I'll pop in the loss or gain in the morning. This post is more about me and how I feel lately. About what I'm learning about myself and where I'm going with this knowledge.

It's no secret that I have had a very lax summer. Exercise has been almost nonexistent. I blamed it on the heat and not having air conditioning. I did lose some weight. I think that was because of the heat too. It certainly wasn't because I was feverishly working out! I kept telling myself that I would get back to working out, but it just wasn't happening. Fact of the matter is I had gotten lazy.

My first little lightening bolt hit awhile back when I found out about the virtual 5k going big time. This is the first year that I am a writer for Shrinking Jeans and I thought I should maybe put my all into this race and think about running the whole thing. But wow, the thought of hauling this jumbo size backside out for a 3.1 mile run was a little daunting. So I kind of put that idea on the back burner.

Bolt #2 came last week when the 5k was announced at the Sisterhood. People were excited and talking about doing the Couch to 5k program. I started to think about doing it too and even started telling people that maybe I would do this. The problem was, I wasn't convinced that I could do it. I've walked two half marathons and more 5k's than I can count. But...I have never run an entire race from start to finish. I've walked / jogged a few, but never ran a whole race.

The third and final bolt came on Monday. It was the Back to School Ice Cream Social. I spent at least 30 minutes in my bedroom rummaging through my closet and trying on clothes. I'm pretty sure I hadn't worn a dress all summer. Imagine my surprise when I realized that every dress and skirt I had looked like total crap on me. At best I looked five months pregnant. I sat down and cried. How in the hell did I let this happen again? How could I let all the work I did last winter be for nothing? I pulled myself together and I put on the best of the worst dresses ever and went to school.

I came home and made myself a tall old faithful (Bacardi and diet). I sat down with that and a paper and pen. I started making a list of pros and cons to doing the c25k program. When I got done, I had way more cons than pros. What that did was make me mad because cons are nothing more than excuses. I decided right then and there that I am done with excuses. Look where excuses got me! At that point, I kept list making, but it was a very different kind of list. I formulated a plan of attack, so to speak.

Tuesday morning I got up and did Week 1 Day 1 of the C25K program. I downloaded the app on my phone and off I went. Let me tell you it was hard. I never knew that 60 seconds could seem like an hour, but it can. I didn't let that fact stop me though. I huffed and I puffed and I blew day one down. Tuesday night I did the tworkout. We did a new exercise called a jump squat and that would have liked to kill me too, but I didn't let it. It hurt, but I kept on going.

Tuesday night, I was also on Facebook chatting with my instructor from boot camp. She was telling me about the new classes that were going to be starting back up the day after Labor Day. It's only going to be two nights a week, but I'm excited. She said she has many classes that she is going to rotate through and we won't know what we are doing until we get there. She said there will be zumba, pi-yo, boot camp and kick boxing to name a few. She also encouraged me to do the c25k. She even offered to run with me at my pace. I would never do that to her. This lady runs marathons and does tri's for heavens sake. It was very sweet of her to offer though.

I know you are just dying for this post to be over and for me to tell you what I learned. it is! As I was attempting to run those 60 second intervals , I kept thinking "what would happen if I just stopped and didn't do it?" That's when it hit me. It would be like every other time I said I was going to take care of this weight and fitness stuff and fizzled out. I'd be a quitter and damn it, I'm done being a quitter.

You are probably just as sick of hearing me say I was going to do this as I am. But I swear to you all right now, I am going to do this. If I get on here and whine about how hard it is, feel free to reach through that monitor and smack the crap out me. I will totally deserve it. I'm guessing that another Exposed Movement will be coming again in October. I would really like to look better than I did in the last picture.

So yeah, that's my post. I'll pop in my loss or gain in the morning and post this beauty. In the meantime, I have to get to bed. School starts in the morning and I have to be up in six and a half hours. And God help me, I don't have a clue what I am wearing.

One last thing...don't you want to Run the Hood with me? You can you know. Just click on the link and sign up. It's going to be fun with t shirts and medals. Go ahead. Join the fun.

P.S. It's Wednesday morning and I am down .6 pounds!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 9

Week 9! Can you believe that? This challenge has been flying by. I did all my bitchin and moanin over here yesterday. Feel free to go check it out. I'm in no hurry. Okay, you're back. Today is all about good things. Here goes....

I lost 1.1 pounds last week. That puts my challenge loss so far at 6.9 pounds. Not on par with what I wanted to lose for this challenge, but we aren't done yet. There is always time to really turn it on these last weeks. And when you hear the next paragraph, you'll see why I said that.

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans of which I am a proud contributing writer is going to have their third annual virtual 5k. But this year is different. Our virtual 5k is a 5k or 10k. We have t shirts and finisher medals. You and all your friends and family can join us. It is October 22 and you can go here to learn all about it. You can also click on the widget in the sidebar.

In honor of this most awesome race, I am going to start the C25K program so that I can run the whole race this year. I have run/walked the last two years. This time I am going to run the whole thing if it kills me. Two of the other girls from Shrinking Jeans are going to do this with me. It is much harder to back out when you have other people counting on you to do it with you.

I'm off to recruit a team to run with me in October. How about you? Are you running or walking with us? I hope you do. It is going to be amazing. I promise!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 8

Week 8! Does that really say week 8?!?! This challenge is flying by which also means summer is flying by too. Next week is my staff meeting and then school starts the week after that. I can't believe that summer break is almost over. It just seems like the older I get, the faster time goes. Kind of scary!

We were on vacation last week. We rented a house and a pontoon boat on Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan. We went with our kids and grand kids and my sister and brother-in-law and their kids and grand kids. We should have had a bigger house. Most of the week was fun, but I did have a few tense moments when it just got a little too close. Too many attitudes and opinions and helpers and non helpers in one house. At our max point, there were 21 of us in a three bedroom house.

This was my view from the dock. It really was pretty out there. I spent a lot of time there and some of that time I spent drinking tall glasses of Bacardi and diet with lime. I spent time by the nightly fires drinking the same thing. Hey, you handle stress your way and I handle it mine.

So here's the kicker...I was pretty good about my eating. Remember that I went with my sister who is a skinny freak. I even did really well with the mini challenge. The only ice cream I had all week was when I shared a dilly bar with Jack. My part consisted of licking the ice cream when it started to drip.

The bottom line is that I am down a half pound. I LOST a half of a pound!! Not a great loss, but it's not a gain which was what I was expecting. So how about you? Did you have a good week? Did you gain or lose? Did you drink more than you should have like me or were you good?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 7

I'm just stopping in for a quick post. I have some good news, but I also have a vacation to get back to. We rented a house at Diamond Lake in Michigan with my sister and brother-in-law. Our kids are filtering in and out during the week. By the end of the week, we should have about 20 of us there. It will be crowded, but very fun. This is the view from our front porch.

The good news is that I lost 1.1 pounds this week. With that loss I make it into a new decade of weight. We've only been on vacation for two days, so I really haven't had a chance to mess up too badly. My plan is to not screw up at all.

The new mini challenge was to get three servings of dairy a day. I did a pretty good job with that. I really like Chobani Greek yogurt and have it pretty much every morning. I also like the Weight Watchers string cheese. Between the two, I hit my mark of three servings.

Okay, I need to get back to vacation. I just came home to pick up my daughter who was in California for a conference. Enjoy the rest of your week and wish me luck being good on our trip.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 6

I find it hard to believe that we are in week 6 of this challenge and in the last week of boot camp. The time is going by way to fast this summer. The heat and humidity here in northwest Indiana has been stifling. I'm sorry to say that has made a huge impact on my exercising or should I say lack of exercising.

I did lose .8 pounds this week. Once again I think it was sweat induced. My exercise consisted of anything I could do in the pool. I did spend some time in there this past week. That is kind of unheard of for me. I don't usually go in the pool. Me in a bathing suit is not a very pretty picture, but with this heat I really didn't care who saw me and it was just family. Still it was a huge leap for me to put it on and go out there.

I was kind of a fail on the challenge this week. I did get a couple days with no diet coke, but I had more days with it. I had my grand kids for 36 straight hours. They are 1, 3 and 5 years old and that in itself required the caffeine in diet coke. I also had a couple Bacardi and diets, so yes I was a big fail on this challenge. I promise to do better on this next dairy one.

I had the grand kids because my son-in-law and daughter went to Madison, Wisconsin. My son-in-law competed in the Tough Mudder race with his brother. He trained like a crazy person and my gosh did he ever bulk up. He has some awesome muscle definition. They did a great job and finished in a time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. The average time is 2 hours and 30 minutes. I could not believe the things he told me about this race. You run through some of the craziest obstacles on a 10 mile course. By crazy I don't just mean your average obstacles. This race has fire and electrical shock plus having to swim under water. It's nuts! He is very happy and proud though and I'm proud of him too. Here he is after the race.

Daddy explained to the girls why mommy and daddy were going to be gone for so long. They seemed to be okay with it. But...those little minds are always thinking. They came up with the idea to have an obstacle race of their own but not with mud. Aunt Abby and I started thinking and the Princess Race was born. It was the cutest darn thing ever and they had a ball. The picture below is of Natalie running like the wind to the finish line. She was so happy and excited. You can see Lizzy's ear and feet coming up behind her. I couldn't find a good action shot of the two of them together. I have video on my phone, but I didn't think you'd care to watch that. We had obstacles like running through ladder rungs, climbing through inner tubes, running up and down ramps, climbing up and jumping off platforms and doing a lap around the course in their jeep. There was more, but you get the idea. They both got gold medals at the end along with a basket of princess goodies. It is a memory that will stay with me forever.

So those last two things had absolutely nothing to do with check in except for the calories I expelled in those 36 hours. Jack is 15 months old and thinks he's Superman. He constantly climbs up on things and jumps off. You can't take your eyes off that boy. But of my gosh is he cute. I should have posted the picture of him going through the ladder. He was not about to be outdone by his sisters.

We are going on vacation next week. We rented a lake house and pontoon boat with my sister and brother-in-law. Our kids will be coming and going throughout the week. It will be fun. We haven't vacationed together since the kids were all little and we rented lake houses then. I'm not worried about eating badly on this trip because this my sister who is obsessed about weight and talks about it all the time. You just don't overeat around her. It's not worth it to have to hear about it. Takes all the fun out of it. I should probably come back with a loss for next week. The only bad thing I see happening is having to have a few cocktails to conger up the courage to go on the boat. I can't swim and hate deep water, so it always takes a little liqiud courage for me.

Last but surely not least, check back in a day or two for my recap post about doing the mini summer breakfast swap with Mel and Attune Foods. We should have had the dairy challenge last week when I was eating cereal every morning!

Okay I am shutting up now before this becomes a freakin novel. Hope you all had a good week. Go Team 4!! Hope we stay in the Top 10 or make that Top 5.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mini Summer Breakfast Swap Recap

You might remember that I decided to become a part of the mini Summer Breakfast Swap with Mel. The idea was that I would eat Uncle Sam's cereal for breakfast for one week and that was just what I did. Now I am supposed to do a recap for you about what I thought.

After a little hunting, I found the cereal. I was ready to start the challenge. Next came the part that kind of threw me for a loop. They wanted me to just eat the cereal in milk every morning. I do not drink milk. I do not like milk. What in the world did I just get myself into? I just assumed that I would be able to mix it in my yogurt or make some of the yummy looking breakfast bars that are on the Attune Foods website. Nope, eat it in milk. Okey dokey!

I started the week with a bowl of Uncle Sam's and milk. I am not ashamed to say that I was not very impressed. It had very little flavor. But then I remembered what Annelies from Attune Foods had told me. She said that if I got the Uncle Sam Original, it is less than 1g sugar for a reason, so if I liked my cereal a bit sweeter, I might want to think about adding fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey to the bowl. So that is just what I did. I played with it and tweeked it a little every day until I came up with the bowl you see below. It is Uncle Sam, almond soy milk, blueberries and a drizzle of honey. It is pretty much everything she told me to try, but I could eat this without a problem.

I lost a pound the week of the challenge. I don't know if I can attribute it to eating the cereal or not, but it certainly couldn't have hurt. I found out that a bowl of cereal and fruit can stay with me all morning without feeling hungry before lunch. That was something I wouldn't have thought before the challenge. The thing that I am looking forward to now is making the breakfast granola bars from the Attune Foods website. They really do look yummy.

I want to thank Mel for asking me to join her on this challenge. I am anxious to read her recap at the end of her challenge. She is doing this for the summer. I also want to thank Annelies from Attune Foods. She was very helpful with getting me started on this little journey. I am happy to say that I can see myself eating cereal for breakfast again. I never would have tried if it wasn't for this challenge.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 5

Our thermometer in the sun says 112 and the one in the shade says 98. Let's just split the difference and say that it is 105 here this afternoon. It's the kind of hot that makes it hurt to take a deep breath. Not to mention the fact that it is freakishly humid and we have no AC. It has been like this for close to a week with no end in sight. Because of this little fact, I was expecting to not have a very good weigh in.

I have exercised very little this week. With the exception of the tworkout last night, the only exercise I remember doing was in the pool. My eating hasn't been that great. It's just too hot to eat. It makes me feel sick to eat. Except of course when I wake up at 3:25 in the morning and am so hot, I feel the need to eat a bowl of ice cream to cool me down. You can read my True Confession from yesterday if you'd like the whole story.

Because of all of the above, I wasn't expecting much in the weigh in department today. I got up this morning and I kept putting off going in to weigh myself. Had I only known what was going to happen, I would have bolted in there first thing. I am down 1.1 pounds. That is a full pound more than last week. I think I can probably thank sweat for that loss. That is pretty much all I do these days. Whatever the reason, I am happy.

I didn't do a very good job with the mini challenge this week. We can blame that on the heat too. Even though I have tried, sleeping when it is this hot doesn't happen very easily. I am pretty sure the mini challenge for next week could kill me. NO DIET COKE!!! The main reason being I have the grand kids from Saturday morning till Sunday night and doing that without caffeine could be a really bad thing. I'm not making any promises.

Last but not least, I am doing the Attune Foods/Uncle Sam cereal mini Summer Breakfast Swap with Mel this week. You can read all about it here. I think there is still time if you'd like to join in too

That's it for now. Try to keep cool and we'll see how it goes for next week.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mini Summer Breakfast Swap

I'm usually the girl that is up for a challenge.

Mel offered this Uncle Sam cereal mini challenge and I said count me in.

Mel from Mel Gets Fit is doing a Summer Breakfast Swap with Attune Foods and Uncle Sam cereal. It is an eight week challenge that you can read about on her blog. She offered a mini challenge of a one week challenge with Attune Foods/Uncle Sam cereal to her readers. I said okay. I can do this.

Here is how it is going to work. Attune Foods sent me a PDF coupon for a free box of Uncle Sam cereal. I went and got the box of cereal. For the next week, I am going to eat Uncle Sam cereal for breakfast every day and tell you about it at the end of this week.

I was a little leery of this challenge after I found out that I was supposed to eat the cereal with milk. I am not a milk girl. When I joined the challenge, I had planned to eat it mixed in my yogurt or just dry, kind of snack style while I got myself ready in the morning. My new friend Annelies at Attune Foods said she would appreciate it if I ate the cereal with milk. That was how all the rest of the girls were doing the challenge. She suggested I drizzle a little honey on the cereal or get flavored soy milk.

I started the challenge yesterday morning. For the past two mornings, I have drizzled honey on my cereal and it is really good. I am not putting tons of milk in my bowl, but there is milk in there. There's enough that I get some in each bite of cereal. I plan to get some vanilla soy milk to try too.

What has surprised me in the last two days is how full and satisfied I feel during the rest of the morning after my breakfast. Both days I had a bowl of cereal and a Greek yogurt and have been perfectly happy until lunch. I wasn't expecting that.

If you would like to join in this challenge, it's not too late. Just head over to Mel's and tell her you'd like to join. She explains it all in a post on her blog.

I will check back with you at the end of the week to let you know how the rest of the week went. If the first two days are any indication of things to come, I'm expecting good things.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 4

It's Wednesday! That means it's time to head over to the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and post our stats for the week. I was amazed and thrilled when I got on the scale this morning. I am down .1 pounds. You are probably laughing now thinking I have lost it if I am happy about a loss of .1 pounds, but I am pretty darn happy.

Let me tell you about my week. I did okay on Wednesday and Thursday. Then came Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the Valadez family reunion. I am not a Valadez by blood, but you couldn't ask to be lucky enough to be welcomed into this family as an outsider. This is the family of one of my cery best friends. If you read my True Confession yesterday, you know what went on at this reunion. If not, go ahead and read it...I'll wait. So you see why I was surprised when I got on the scale today. I was sure I was going to have a big gain.

The mini challenge this week was no fast food. That was a piece of cake(not really) for me. I haven't eaten fast food in years. It literally makes me sick if I eat it now. I kept the fruit basket out on the counter again this week. Somehow, it didn't empty as fast as last week. My water intake was a little off. I was taking in other liquid for those three infamous days.

I am doing well with eating breakfast every morning. Speaking of breakfast, I am joining Mel in the Mini Summer Breakfast Swap with Uncle Sam cereal and Attune Foods. It took me some time to find the cereal. I had to go to three towns and five stores, but I finally found it this morning. I'll be starting the challenge on Monday. I'll be eating this cereal instead of my usual breakfast food. Attune Foods gave me a coupon to get the cereal free. You can join in too if you'd like. Just click on the breakfast swap link and Mel will tell you all about it.

In my post yesterday, I talked about thinking I am done with going to boot camp class at the gym. It makes me sad, but I think it might be the right thing to do for me. I'm hoping to keep going to zumba, but nobody showed up last night. I'm just going to keep doing the SJ boot camp and I have the wii zumba disc. I've been walking in the morning too. I think it will be fine.

So that's my week. How did you do? I plan on doing better next week. I think a big loss is in my future. I maintained last week and lost that big .1 pounds this week. I think I owe Team 4 some pounds.

Last but certainly not least, I was so inspired by this post by our very own Lisa. Check it out. She is a freakin rock star.

A friend posted this quote on her Facebook page this morning. For many reasons it just kind of spoke to me. I just thought I'd share it with you.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Burst into Summer / Week 3

This my friends is one of those weeks where I don't have much to say. How can there be a lot to talk about when I weigh the same as I did last week? I guess in the grand scheme of things that is better than a gain. It was a holiday weekend and we did have lots of parties and cookouts to attend.

After last weeks comments, I did finally measure. I'm going to wait a few weeks before I measure again though. Hopefully, I will see a better loss of inches that way and it will be a big shot in the arm. Four weeks from right now, I'll be on vacation at a lake and I'd like to wear beach clothes. If I lose some inches and firm up a little, I could do that.

The pool has finally warmed up and I am going to start jogging in there today. I found out at the end of last summer that I actually liked that. I hate to run on pavement. The boot camp runs and bursts...I hate them. They hurt my knees and my ankle. But for some reason, in the pool they are okay. So, to the pool it is. Here's hoping it will work again this year for me.

I did pretty well with the eating this past week. Even with all the parties and cookouts, I stayed within my calorie goals. I didn't even have a cocktail till the 4th. Of course then I made up for it and had too many. I had a great time in my own backyard with friends and family, so I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm back on the wagon now.

I did a pretty good job with the fruits and veggies. I put a basket of fruit all washed and ready to eat on the kitchen counter and it helped a whole bunch. The whole family ate more fruit last week because of it. I'm going to keep doing that. Does sun tea count as water? I've been making that and downing a lot of it. My water intake has suffered because of it.

There are no classes at my gym this week. I'm on my own. Wish me luck. Hopefully, the water jogging will help and I have the SJ boot camp. I keep thinking I want to get a bike again. I let my husband talk me into selling mine at a garage sale last year. I knew at the time it was a bad idea, but I let him talk me into it anyway. I was looking at them last week and they aren't all that expensive. I have an extra paycheck this month because of the five Fridays, so I may just bite the bullet and get one.

Well, for someone who didn't have much to say, I guess I said a lot. How did you all do this week? Team 4 moved up to 6th place last week. Hope my lack of loss didn't send us back down the leaderboard. last thing. Check out my post at Bacardi Mama. I went to the Cubs game last week and it was awesome. Holy Cow!!!