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.

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.