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.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Who Says I'm Stylish?

Bari does!

My blogging friend Bari gave me this award last week and this was the first chance that I had to acknowledge this. Bari and I became friends through blogging and the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. We actually met in person for the first time a few weeks ago. She is the kind of friend that everyone should have. She is inspiring by her actions and words. She'll tell you when you are doing good and she'll also tell you to get your tail in gear when the need arises. Thank you Bari. You are the best!

The next part says to share some things about yourself. Bari shared seven, so I guess that is the number to do.

1. I became one of the newest contributing writers for the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans a few weeks ago. I am proud and thrilled beyond belief.

2. I prefer to be the passenger and not the driver once I leave my local surroundings. Big city traffic scares me. Why do people live in those cities and put up with that every day?

3. I took my first yoga class this morning. I was prepared to stretch, but boy did we STRETCH. It was pretty intense.

4. I love to use my crock pot especially during the school year. It just makes my life so much easier and there are so many recipes to try.

5. I also started going to boot camp and zumba. Boot camp is okay, but I love zumba. I was afraid of looking stupid, but everybody looks stupid. Everyone except our wonderful instructor Irma. She is the bomb.

6. Back when I was a kid, one of my best friends had horses. We even used to ride them all the time and even in our hometown parades. I used to love it. I think I still would if I ever had the opportunity.

7. I love to hike. My very favorite place to hike is the Smokey Mountains. I really need to get back there one day. We've been there five times, but haven't been there is quite a few years.

Now I am supposed to pass this along to seven of my favorite bloggers. I really don't like to do that to people, so let's do this. If you'd like to play along, grab this award and have at it. Plus, how could I pick my seven favorite bloggers? That is way too hard.

Thanks again Bari. This came at a time when I really needed to hear that there were still people out there that liked me. XOXO

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hello Little Blog

Most of you probably know that I was chosen to be one of the new contributing writers for the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I was so happy to be chosen. It was like a dream come true.

I have been a member of the Sisterhood almost since it's beginnings. I have loved being a part of it. Being a real contributing part now is awesome. I just posted my first official post today. Check it out here...

Because I have been over there so much this first week, I feel like I have neglected this little blog. I did my True Confessions and Weigh In over there. So I thought I would come over here and tell you how my week has been going.

The big exercise news is that I have been going to boot camp and zumba. I love boot camp. It is hard and challenging, but I really love it. You totally get a super workout. The jury is still out on zumba. It's a whole hell of a lot of shaking. No down time. You just keep moving. The worst part is that you do this looking into a wall of mirrors. Graceful and rhythmic I am not. They do turn the lights down, so that helps some.

I'm trying to run again. I bought myself some new One More Mile shirts to inspire me. One says "Slow is the new fast". Another says "Slow mileage is better than no mileage" and my personal favorite "I thought they said "rum"". My plan is to run a 5k in March and run/walk a half marathon in June. Wish me luck. I'm kinda old with bad knees.

What have you been up to this week? I need to go and make birthday breakfast for the hubby and get ready for his party and the Bears game. One game away from the Super Bowl!

Bear Down!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm Over Here

If you are looking for my True Confessions post,
you are going to find it over here today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Big News

I can hardly believe that you can find me here now!
I am excited beyond words.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Great Meeting

Today was a good day!
I got to meet Bari in person.
We met through blogging.

Bari and her adorable daughter were coming through very close to where I live on their way to a gymnastics meet. My daughter and I took off and met them at the outlet mall. We did some shopping, had some lunch and did a little more shopping. Bari was everything I thought she would be and more. We had a great time and I can't wait to do it again.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Power of One / Weigh In #2

If it's Wednesday, it must be weigh in day over at the Sisterhood. I've been looking forward to writing this post since the weekend. I've had an epiphany of sorts and can't wait to tell you all about it.

Let's go back to last Wednesday and the first weigh in. I said that I was fat. I thought I was just stating a fact. I guess I was wrong. People were not happy that I said that. That was the first thing that got me thinking.

Next, we go to Friday. I wrote my Power of One project 1. You know the one where we were supposed to go back and read our letters to ourselves from last January. This post did not make me happy. I felt like a huge failure, but the post got some great comments. My awesome friend Bari said "2010 was still a success because you learned what didn't work for you. Now you have all of 2011 to make it work and I know you are going to be great!". This was the second thing that got me thinking.

Now we go to Saturday. It was Virtual 5k day. I did my 5k on the treadmill and I did a lot of thinking while I ran/walked. I thought about a lot of things, but I kept going back to Bari's comment. I realized that she was totally right. If I wanted to, I could learn from my mistakes and have a new start in 2011. This was definitely what I wanted to do and what I needed to do.

Sunday I was thinking about the 2nd annual 1/2 marathon in California. I can't go. The timing is all wrong because I'd miss preschool graduation and that could mean my job. It's also half way across the country for me. I started looking and found a 1/2 marathon an hour away from home. The coolest thing about it is the finish line is on the 50 yard line of Notre Dame stadium. I love Notre Dame football. How cool would that be!!!! So, I'm 95% sure I am going to run/walk this, if my friend or daughter will do it with me and right now, it is looking like they both will. I would have to do it with them to run/walk it. The absolute best's on June 5th! The same day as the Sisterhood 1/2 marathon.

Fast forward to Monday. I did my first functional fitness class. It was hard and it pushed me and I loved it. I found out that in a group setting, I'll push myself further than by myself. The good news is I have a new start and a new attitude to go with it.

So now we come to today and the weigh in. I weigh 198.5. I weighed 199.6 last week. That means that I lost 1.1 pounds this week. I am very happy with this. It's my new start.

Lastly, about that fat thing. I promise not to say it anymore. If I'm feeling the need to say it, I'll go with "fluffy". I'm the fluffy girl, but boy am I the happy fluffy girl!! And one of these days, I'll be the "former fluffy girl". Just you wait and see.

True Confessions

I have about three minutes until I have to leave for work, so this is going to be the shortest True Confessions ever.
I confess that I am having a pretty darn good week. If you read my virtual 5k post, you'll know that I had an awaking of sorts during that walk/run. Bari made a comment about my letter post and it got me thinking. It pretty much all started with that comment. Thanks Bari.
I guess we'll know for sure tomorrow how good this week really was, but even if I gained a pound, I learned a lot in the past few days. I have a new attutde for the new year and I'll tell you all about it tomorrow on the weigh in post.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Sisterhood Virtual 5K

It is Virtual 5K Day at the Sisterhood.
I laced up my Asics, filled a water bottle and headed for the basement.
I would have liked to go outside, but it's really cold, snowing and icy here in northwest Indiana.
I turned on the tv and hopped on the treadmill.
I was determined to make this workout count.

If you read my post yesterday, I wasn't real happy looking back at my letter to myself from last January. I'm not that girl that I dreamed about last year. Not even close.
Bari left a comment on that post that really made me think while I was on the treadmill this morning. She said "2010 was still a success because you learned what didn't work for you. Now you have all of 2011 to make it work and I know you are going to be great!" You know what? She is totally right. I have a new start and a new attitude to go with it.

I know that I have said this before. We probably all have. But something about this time feels different. I didn't like the way I felt when I read last years letter. I don't want to feel that way again next year. You'll have to come back on Wednesday for my weigh in post to hear all the details of my plan. You'll want to see my weight loss too because I am expecting a good one.

On to the real reason for this post.
My virtual 5k results.
May we have a drumroll please..........
Check it out.

I know for lots of you, this isn't a great 5k, but for me, it's awesome.

My only problem was that I didn't know exactly what the conversion of a 5k to miles was. I knew it was somewhere around three miles, so I stopped at a round calories burned number.

475 calories burned!

I never went below 2 or over 5 for my speed, but I'm proud of myself!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Power of One Project #1

Dear 2011 Nancy,

I'm going to give this first paragraph to 2010 and then we are going to leave it behind. I had big dreams when I wrote this letter last year. Big dreams! I was a big talker. A big talker with not a lot of follow through. I'd do good and then I'd slack off. I'd do good and then I'd slack off. Do you see a pattern here? I was going to learn to run and when it got hard, I quit. I had 10 pounds that I kept playing with. Up and down and up and down. 10 pounds is nothing when you need to lose 40 or 50 pounds. 2010 was not our year for success. Plain and simple.

Now we have to look to 2012 and what we will have accomplished by then. I guarantee you my friend that we will have done much better than we did with 2010. Let's look ahead and see what we did.

Right out of the shoot in January, we got back on Weight Watchers and we really got our money worth. We liked the new Points Plus program and worked really hard at staying with it. We worked hard enough to lose 30 pounds. We still have some more to lose, but we have a great start.

We gave running another try. We kept at it and even though we don't love it, we like it. We ran three 5K's and are even considering trying something longer.

Exercise has truly become a real part of our everyday life. There is rarely a day that we don't do something. Wii games are a favorite along with pilates and kettle bell workouts. We logged some serious time in the basement on the treadmill, bike and elliptical.

We found a better balance in our time for our self. Family and work still take a big part of the day, but we found a way to be sure there is time for just us in the day too. It took a little trial and err, but we finally figured it out. I think that's how we really got this whole process started.

So...I think we did pretty darn good this year. We no longer say the word fat about our self. We save that for chubby babies. We learned to truly believe in our self. We don't let others define us. We learned that we are pretty awesome. We learned that if we want it badly enough, we'll find a way to make it happen.

I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring!

Love you,

2010 Nancy

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Power of One / Weigh In #1

Hi. My name is Nancy and I am fat!

This is my new mantra. I don't mean for it to sound like I'm putting myself down.
I just mean for it to sound true.

Because guess what? I am fat. There is no two ways about it.

I just think that if I keep reminding myself by saying this often, I stand a better chance of not doing the wrong things and eating the wrong things.

Today is the first weigh in of the new challenge. I'm happy with my results. I weigh 199.6 pounds. I lost .8 pounds. Although it certainly could have been better, with the holiday it could have been worse.

I'm glad the holiday is over. It was fun while it was here, but it's time to get back on track. I went back to work on Monday and that has helped a lot. I'm back on a schedule and I am doing the things that I need to do. I spent the first hour of Biggest Loser on the treadmill and elliptical. I spent the second hour doing the tworkout.

Here are my goals for this challenge, in case you missed them before. I did forget one goal in that list. I'm trying to remember to take my vitamin every day. I know that I feel better when I do. I also forgot about getting to bed at a decent time. I have been really trying to do that since Saturday night. The latest I've been up is 11:00 and that is really early for me.

This is what is going on for my first weigh in. I can't wait till we weigh in next week. I have one whole week of good eating and exercise ahead of me with no holidays or parties ahead of me. Check back next week and see how I did. I think it is going to be awesome.

p.s. I wanted to tell you about a free site I found. It's sponsored by Tylenol and it's called Just Keep Moving. It helps you create a wellness experience that focuses on exercise, nutrition, and healthy, active living. Just for registering, they will send you a pedometer and a dvd. If you want to check it out, here's the link

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Better Me

There were fireworks all over town last night.

I'm planning on a few fireworks of my own this year.

More than anything, I want to be a better me. I want to be better in all aspects of my life. I want to be a better wife, a better mom, a better grammy. I want to be a better teacher. I want to be a better daughter and sister. I want to be a better friend.

I want to listen more and preach less. I want to give more and want less. I want to play more and stress less. I want to cuddle more and worry less. I want to remember that the best things in life aren't things.

One of my favorite quotes (I'm a nut for quotes) is "A goal without a plan is just a wish.".
I've been wishing that my body would be different for too long. I have made that wish a true goal for 2011. If you read my True Confessions last Tuesday, you know I have goals. Nobody but me can make this change. It is only a job that I can do. I've been talking about it and half heartedly doing it for too long now.

The better me that I want in those first two paragraphs will only happen if I accomplish the last paragraph. I want to be a "better me" and I am going to do it. 2011 is my year and I won't let myself down again.

I have so many friends through this social media that I have never met that have no idea what an inspiration they have been to me. I know they are mostly all younger than me, but this old dog still has a little bark left in her. I can keep up with them.

I can do this and I will do this. The "better me" is right there waiting to be let out and fly and 2011 is when I give her wings. Stand back friends. I'm taking flight.