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, September 4, 2012

Mindful September

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans is doing a great project for the month of September. Mindful September is a monthly calendar of daily tasks to make you feel good. My friend Thea, who also a contributing writer with me at Shrinking Jeans gave me the idea to do Mindful September as a daily blog post. I can't promise that I will do this every day, but days like today, I can do. Maybe you would like to join us.

In no particular order, here are some things that make me happy..........
1. My grandson Jack's giggle. It comes from the bottom of his toes. I love that boy.
2. My preschool job.
3. The Charity Mile app
4. Writing my vacation posts
5. My husband, Dick. We will celebrate our 39th anniversary on Saturday.
6. Notre Dame football
7. Walking with my friend, Courtney
8. Bacardi and diet
9. My mom and stepdad
10. Cindy and Ryan
11. Katie and Mark
12. Sarah and Nick
13. Abby and Myles
14. My Natalie, there is just something so special about the bond with the first grandchild.
15. Lizzy, the spunkiest three year old I know. She's my heart.
16. Books
17. Bob Seger's music
18. Zumba
19. Writing
20. My camera
21. My sisters and brother
22. The in laws (on both sides)
23. Vacations
24. My hot tub
25. Jogging in the pool
26. My friends
27. Hiking in the mountains
28. Connecting with old friends through social media
29. My blogging friends that I have never met, but know so well.
30. A clean house

That's my list that I came up with in the last few minutes. Not bad. I guess I'm a pretty happy girl. What about you? What makes you happy?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Summer from Heaven and Hell

OMG...does it really say that my last post was on June 20?  Let me explain my last few months.  Some of you already know this and I apologize for boring you with the details.

On June 2, my 90 year old step dad was taken to the emergency room.  In the course of 36 hours, he had two strokes and a heart attack.   I spent the month of June with my mother and him at the hospital.  We had a couple touch and go moments, but amazingly enough, he is doing really well and almost ready to leave rehab.   He just needs to be a little more steady on his feet with the walker.

All but one week of July was spent on vacation.  I had the most awesome trip ever.  I spent nine days in New York City with one of my very best friends.  You name it, we did it.  We even had pictures taken with Naked Cowboy.  After NYC, we met up with our husbands for four days for a family reunion in Maryland.  Day five found us parting ways and Dick and I heading out on our own to Washington DC, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  We came home for a week and then left for a big family trip to Diamond Lake in Michigan. 

We came home on August 4 and I am still trying to get back in a normal routine.  Just going to the grocery store and cooking again is hard.  I hadn't cooked a decent meal at home since the end of May, I think.  I go back to work next week and I know that will help get me back in a routine.

The best news is that I lost just over four pounds on my vacations.  It was freakin hot for all the vacations and I walked my ass off.  This made me very happy.  It has always been the opposite with me when I came home vacations.  Always a gain.  It was a very nice surprise.

While I was in NYC, I got an email from Christy (one of the editors at Shrinking Jeans) asking if I wanted to do a challenge with Healthy Wage with four of the other writers.  Top prize is $10,000 to be split between the team members.  Ahhhhh.......yes please!!  We are on Week 4 and I have lost a steady pound a week.

I have been walking twice a day, morning and night with a good friend.  I found a very cool app called Charity Miles that I started using.  I walk and they donate to the charity of my choice.  It's a win/win deal.  Check it out.  You can walk, run or bike. 

I am also back to zumba.  A friend who is certified is teaching a few of us in her basement twice a week.  I'm also doing some dvd's at home.  My favorite right now is the kettle bell workout with Bob Harper from Biggest Loser.  The instructor that I loved no longer works at the place I used to workout at.  Without her, it's not the same, so I chose to do this on my own now.  So far, so good.

The hell of hospitals, nursing homes and rehab units seems to be almost over.  The heaven of vacations is over too.  I can handle that though.  It was a summer I will never forget for many reasons, but I'm ready to get back to normal.  I need to really clean my house.  I need to go stock up my pantry again.  I need to go to the farm market and get lots of fruits and vegetables.  I need to keep up with the exercises and walking. 

I am proud of what I have done so far this summer as far as weight loss and exercise.  I feel like I am really in the grove.  I have an awesome friend who is within a few pounds of my weight that is walking with me and going to zumba with me.   She is awesome and amazing and she is keeping me inspired and wanting to keep up the process.   Thanks Courtney! 

I promise to try to keep up with posting now that things are calming down a little.  At least I hope they are!  I think it's all good!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June Tune Up / Week 3

First, let me apologize for not checking in for so long.  My last post was for the Run the Hood 5k.  Six days after that post, my step dad had a heart attack and two strokes.  My life has pretty much revolved around my mom and him ever since.  I am not complaining by any means.  I would not be anywhere else.  They both mean the world to me.  Eddie turned 90 last Thursday, but you would never know it.  He was moved to the rehab floor yesterday and had a pretty good first day.  He is amazing and spunky and I think there is a real good chance he is going to make a fantastic comeback.

Seeing how I haven't blogged at all during this challenge, let me tell you about my team.  I was lucky enough to team up with my friend Mary.  We are The Determinators.  We decided that we would band together and see what we "older" girls could do.  Last week, we made the Top 10!!

I have spent the better part of this challenge on the ever popular "Hospital Stress Diet".  It was working pretty well for me.  I lost just under four pounds in two weeks.  I don't recommend it though.  It isn't my favorite food plan although they do have excellent choices on the hospital salad bar.  I'm not quite sure what I will do when we finally blow that pop stand and I can't have beets every day.

I have unfortunately been a total bust with the June Tune Up workout.  The few times I have tried to do it, it has kicked my ass.   I did remember something yesterday though.  I had the later shift at the hospital, so Sarah brought the grandkids over to go in the pool in the morning.  (Is it hotter than hell where you live?)  I remembered that I really liked jogging in the pool.  It is absolutely nothing like jogging on pavement or the treadmill.  I jogged for 15 minutes.  That is something I could never do before.  Here's hoping I can make more time for that.

Let's get down to the business of the day.  After the losses so far this challenge, today wasn't quite so fun.  I am up .6 pounds.  I know that isn't much, but it is still a gain.  Time to buckle down and get back on track for next week. 

p.s.  If there isn't a June Tune Up badge at the top of this post, I apologize.  I am having the worst time with Blogger not wanting to post any pictures for me.  One of these days I'll have the time to figure out why.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Run the Hood 2012 / Race to Remember


Today was the big day.  It was the Sisterhood 5k Race to Remember.  I'll remember it as the day I way overslept and had to do the race on the treadmill in the basement.  It was over 90 when I was ready to race.  I'm old and fat and no way folks.   Treadmill in the basement it was.

Believe it or not, I wogged it!  I really had no intention of wogging.  I just planned to walk it and be done.  The problem with that was I was in my 1930's basement.   It's old and gross.  Nothing like the finished basements are now.  When I go down there to do the laundry, all I want to do is get out of there.  I guess that is how it kind of happened today. 

Whatever the reasons, here's how my race went.  I started walking on 2 and climbed from there I think I did the longest portion of the race at about a 3.7 or so.  I did climb as high as 6.2 which for me was flying.  I would say I jogged about eight or nine minutes maybe.  That's pretty good for me considering I really hate running.

I finished in 48:20.  I was a little disappointed because that's about 25 seconds or so slower than when I won the third place medal for my Dyngus Day 5k.  It's okay though.  I did it.  I finished and I jogged some when I had no intention of jogging any.  It's all good!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring In2 Action Week 1

Good morning.  How are you are all?  I seem to have lost track of time already this morning, so this is going to have to be a short and sweet little post. 

The news on the weight loss front isn't earth shattering.  I lost a half a pound.  I'm okay with that.  I know that I didn't work out as much in formal exercise as I should have.  It was spring break, so we didn't have class.  We remodeled our kitchen and worked like a dog on that.  I was up and down that ladder a hundred times and hour.  There was a lot of stretching going on with the painting too.  

I am back at school this week and exercise is open again.  I was at zumba Monday and  piyo last night.  My poor muscles are probably holding on the every ounce of water they can get their hands to try to repair from last night.  I had kind of given up on piyo because it was just too hard on my wrists and ankles.  Sounds dumb, I know.  Our instructor changed it up and asked me to please come back and try it and I am so glad I did.  It was an awesome class.  I can't wait till the next class.

Are you signed up for Run the Hood?  You should be.  I am building my little team.  So far, there are three of us.  I'm hoping to get more.  I am also signed up for a Dyngus Day 5k on Monday with some friends from exercise class. 

Did you do a motivation board?  I loved that project.  If you haven't seen it, go check out mine.  Leave me a link for yours, so I c check it out.

I better get moving here.  I have to leave for work in an hour and I haven't even hit the shower yet.  Have a wonderful Easter and a good week ahead.


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Motivation Board

I love when we have challenges that have assignments.  I feel like I am back in school and want to do a good job.  I do have a small problem with this assignment.  We have a Dell printer and you have to order the ink from them and I forgot to order.  Needless to say, there is no printing going on to make a new board.  It's okay.  I think I can do a pretty good job right here on the old blog.
This is my old board from the original assignment back in January of 2010.  I've come a long way in my thinking since then.  It was a good board though.
This is something I try to tell myself often.  I didn't put this weight on overnight and it's not going to come off overnight either.
This is something else that I keep telling myself.  When I want to cry at piyo because it hurts so bad, I keep telling myself that I am worth the pain.  It doesn't always help, but I keep thinking it.
The motivation and love that I feel from all of you here at Shrinking Jeans is amazing.  I couldn't be prouder to be a part of such an awesome group.
This is another mantra.  This journey takes lots of hard work, sweat and dedication.  I forget that sometimes.  I think I'm getting better at remembering though. 
I love the motivation I get from the challenges we have at Shrinking Jeans.
It took me a long time to realize this.  I am pretty sure that I will never be skinny.  I am all about being healthy finally.  I want to be around for a long time.  Of course, I still have work to do on this too, but I make much better choices now than I ever did before.
I don't generally look pretty before I start, but I can guarantee you I am one sweaty mess when I get done.  If the truth be told, I like it like that.
I still find myself starting over sometimes, but it's not every Monday like it used to be.
This lady right here is one of my biggest motivations.  She is Nicki and she is my fitness instructor.  I did a post on her that you should read.  She is amazing and awesome and I wouldn't be this far if it wasn't for her.  Thanks Nicki.  Love you!
This crazy group right here, they are my everything.  They motivate me every single day and they probably don't even know it.  They are my heart.
Natalie, Lizzy and Jack.  What more motivation could a Grammy need?  These sweet babies are the lights of my life.  I want to be around for their first communions and graduations and weddings.  I want to play with their children.  I don't want to miss any of it.  I love them so much.
I love this quote so much.  Doesn't it say it all?  What more could you ask for?  When it's all said and done, I want to be able to say I lived my life.  I want to be able to say I lived it with love and health and stamina.  I want to be able to say it when I'm really old.  Who could ask for more than that?  I totally plan to be that old lady saying just that and I've got the motivation to get me there.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring In2 Action

I am very excited to say that it is time to start a new challenge over at the Sisterhood.  I am ready to Spring In2 Action and this is how I am going to do it.
Let's get the hard part of this post over with first thing.  I just weighed myself and I am creeping very close to that number that I said I would never see again.  This scared the crap out of me.  For some reason, I haven't been weighing myself lately and this was a real eye opener. 

It is definitely time to take action.  Did you read Melissa's acronym for action?  I love it!

Analyze your goals – decide what you want to accomplish over the next 6 weeks.



Commit to a plan – how are you going to achieve your goals? Put it on the calendar!


Track your progress – Journal, journal, journal. Whether it’s on your blog or on paper.


Inspire yourself and others – Supporting other people will inspire you to do your best.


Overcome your fears – Face them head on, and realize you’re strong and can do anything.


Never give up – Enough said. Quitting is not an option.

Now is the time to analyze my goals.  It's spring.  It's time for new life and new beginnings.  I'm ready for that in this order.

1.  First and foremost, I want to be healthy.  I want to feel good.  I want to be able to chase the grandkids all over and not become winded. 

2.  I want to commit to working out no less than five days a week.  I will actually be working seven days a week with Kick Ass April, but I mean days aside from that.  I will be going to class three days a week.  That leaves me two days a week here at home.  I think I see some Jillian Michael's Shred and Shred with Weights in my future.  Who wants to join me?

3.  I want to eat right.  Shrinking Kitchen has been helping me with this.  If you haven't been over there, you have no idea what you are missing.  It is totally awesome and you need to check it out.  We have some of the best healthy recipes there for you to try.  I want to participate in Menu Plan Your Butt Off.  I can make the time.

4.  I want to curb my snacking on all the wrong foods.  I need to get back to snacking on fruit and veggies.  I will have them washed and cut and ready to eat when I open the fridge.  I will also stop snacking twice a day with the preschoolers.

5.  I want to not make excuses.  There will be no excuses for not meeting these goals short of fire and death. 

I am excited that we are doing Motivation Boards again.  We did this a couple years ago during a challenge and I loved it.  I still have my old one in the back of the closet somewhere.  I am going to bring that out and dust it off.  Time to do some updating.

Now comes the biggie.  Run the Hood!  I tried the C25K training program when we did the last Run the Hood.  I made it about half way through before I cried uncle.  My knees and my ankle screamed at me every day I tried to run.  I told myself it wasn't worth the pain it caused me and I "walked" the hood instead.  

When the post came out about the event for this year, I posted it on my Facebook page.   One of the girls I exercise with said she would run it with me.  I told her I don't run.  She said she would run it with me at my pace whether I ran two minutes or the whole thing.  She said she had nothing to prove and would love to help me do my best race.  That got me thinking.  Should I give this one more chance?  Would I be able to push past the pain and just do it?  Am I an idiot for even thinking of trying this again?  The jury is still out.  I have given myself till tomorrow to decide.  Any suggestions?  I think I am leaning toward trying it though.  God help me!!

My dream is that at the end of this challenge I will have lost ten pounds and a noticeable amount of inches.  I know that if I totally put my mind to this, I can do it.  Motivation board, I'm coming to find you!

Friday, March 9, 2012

I'm A Bad Blogger!

I am a bad blogger.  I'm not bad so much as I am crazy busy.  With crazy busy comes little time for all the extras that I love to do. 

I have actually been doing a pretty good job with exercise lately.  I am still going to classes three nights a week.  Thursday night is my total favorite.  We do 60 miuntes of kettle bell workout and then finish with 30 minutes of zumba.  90 minutes is a really good workout.  Last night got a little intense.  The hardest thing we did was inchworms with a push up the entire length of the gym.  Holy cow!!! 

Last month, I did the Fab Ab February workout and never missed a day.  This month, I am doing Six Pack Abs and so far haven't missed any days.  My goal is to not miss any.  If I don't, I can say that I did two full months without missing a day of exercise.

I am getting antsy to get outside and walk again.  The treadmill in the basement is nice, but it's pretty boring.  There is a tv, but it doesn't have a cable box which makes it get about eight channels.  Not to mention the fact that we have a 1930's basement.  Nothing nice like people have these days.  But, for the winter months it serves its purpose.

Okay, I am at work and my lunch is just about over.  We are having a beach party today in preschool.  The kids this morning had a blast.  I bet the kids this afternoon do too.  I will try to do a better job about posting.  I miss you all!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Six Pack Abs Anyone?

Have we got a month for you over at Shrinking Jeans.  Melissa came up with this awesome ab workout for the month.  Who's going to join us?  If you don't, you're going to miss all the fun.