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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Learn and grow

So I have learned that I love running.  When I am out there I don't really care that I'm not fast.  I challenge myself and I always feel great after a run.  I feel like I am making a difference in my health.  My mental state is always better and well I just feel better when I run consistently.  Why am I posting this you might ask?  Well two reasons, one is so that when I doubt running I will be able to come back and remember that it helps me even when the scale doesn't move and two because I took a few weeks off and realized how much I loved it and missed it.  I have also noticed that over the last couple months my speed or lack of speed doesn't bother me as much as it did when I first started.  Now I am just proud that I went out and ran 2.5-3 miles three days a week.  I'm glad that I found what I love, now to build a routine around my running instead of the other way around.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Moving down

I started this blog as more of a journal for me to keep track of my eating, working out, weight loss.  I think I wanted it to be more for awhile but the reality is that when I'm down on my working out I don't post and sometimes I get to busy to post so I like it just being a journal of me to remind me of far I have come.  I have reached my pre-pregnancy weight but for sure not my pre-pregnancy size.  I am still a little bigger through the hips than I wish I was but that is just a fact of having three children.  I am still working on it and working out.  I started doing the Body by Vi shakes to help jump start my weight loss again since I was stuff.  It worked and I am below 160 finally.  I fit into my Maid of Honor dress and am feeling better about myself.  I enjoy working out and eating healthy.  I just need to keep making changes and keep trying and I will reach my goal.  I will be healthy.  I am doing the live fit, signed up for a membership at the YMCA and going with the hubby to the gym.  Next step is to continue to improve on my eating and I will have a great system that I can keep moving forward with.  Onward and upward I say.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Yeah that's a word... And one I like.  So because I have had a wonky work schedule this week I have had to work out at home more.  I am moving the days around so I don't have to keep missing workouts.  Missing to many workouts just puts me behind.  So instead of back and biceps or legs I am going to do shoulders and abs and do the other two Thursday and Friday.  I will probably have to take the time to hit the Navy base but no worries there.  A little me time at the gym will probably do me some good.  That or do one of the days on Saturday.  Next week will get even more crazy LOL.  But it will all be worth it in 12 weeks when I look amazing.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fresh start to go with my new job

So Friday I am changing jobs or in the military we call it getting transferred/new orders.  I am being transferred to a ship.  Still here in Seattle but it will for sure change my schedule.  And lets be honest I have been in a serious self destructive mode lately.  So to go along with my new job I am getting a new attitude.  It's going to be great and I am finally going to finish losing this weight.  I have been stuck at 165 for too long.  So I am going to do the live fit trainer since I am no longer training for my 1/2 marathon.  New job = lots of changes to plans for this fall.  So since I don't need to do cardio its a good time to get back on the live fit band wagon and eat better.  We are committed to paying off debt so in case the hubby losses his job we can still eat so that means no eating out.  We are doing good so far.  It's hard because eating out was so common for us but it will help our weight and our pocket book LOL.  So today I did Day 1 of the live fit and it felt great to just workout.  My stress was quickly released.  Tomorrow I hit the grocery store and get the food to eat clean from here on out.  Gotta get some fruits, veggies and chicken.  So goodbye to excuses and hello to a fit, healthy me.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday hump day

Wednesday seems like a rough day for working out sometimes.  Its mid week, I'm tired since the baby doesn't sleep through the night and sometimes I just don't want to work out.  But I got on the bike for 40 mins on my trainer.  I ate a yummy salad for dinner with strawberries and almond slices and chicken.  All in all a good day.

Breakfast ~ Bagel with 2 eggs over hard, tea
Lunch ~ Seattle's Best Teriyaki
Dinner ~ Berry Almond Chicken Salad 1/2 size
Total calories 1115
Calories out 292

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Moving forward

Because you know starting over just isn't the thing to do.  Starting over isn't what I am doing.  But moving forward and realizing that I just having found what works.  Trying something new to find what works is the thing to do.  So we are moving on, moving up and losing weight.  Yep I will get derailed, lots of people do.  But the key is to keep trying.

Food June 19, 2012
Breakfast ~ 2 eggs
Lunch ~ package peanut m&m, cracker combo turkey and chicken (and lets be honest it wasn't good and wasn't finished), Cherry Coke Zero.
Snack ~ Sun Chips
Dinner ~ Green beans, egg noodles and no chicken since I ruined it :(.
Calories in ~ 1100
Calories out ~ 292

Rode my bike for 40 mins and it was great.  Tomorrow the goal is to ride and do a video.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ride and a swim and down 3 pounds

I rode my bike yesterday on the trainer for 30mins.  The big thing was testing my ankle to see if riding was going to make it worse.  Good news I can ride.  I then did push ups and sit ups.  Today I swam 1000 yards in 30mins :) and did push ups and sit ups.  Got to look good for the wedding.  I was 163 today so down almost 3 pounds since I went back to a mostly paleo lifestyle and stopped eating out.  Amazing what a difference it can make.  I hope to do more as the weeks go by and I workout more and eat better.  We are also trying to not make a trip to the grocery store until hubby gets paid on Monday so we are learning to eat what we have.  We have plenty of food we just need to be better about eating it and not letting it go to waste.  So tomorrow is steak, Friday is fish, Saturday will be elk or chicken and Sunday will be whatever we didn't eat on Saturday.  We had yummy peppercorn chicken and a salad.  Peppercorn chicken not my favorite but loved the salad and have enough left to have salad tomorrow.  I am glad to be seeing results and only be 6 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Monday, June 4, 2012

New pictures and a goal

So here I am in all my fatness LOL.  Trying on bridesmaid dresses was for sure depressing.  But I am going to do my fitting in 4 weeks so I need to do better than 4 pounds lost in 5 weeks.  I am eating 75% paleo, not eating out and really pushing my workouts.  I want to lose 30 more pounds in the next 3 months.  That would be wonderful.  So there it is. My next goal.  If I can get through this week I will have broken the eating out habit I think and be well on my way.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Still working out

I am still working out but with our trip this weekend and then the craziness of being back I just haven't had a chance to post.  So Saturday I went for my run.  I didn't go with the team since we were out of town but I did go.  I ran for 50 mins and did 3.75 miles.  That is a big deal for me.  I have never gone so far in one stretch.  I am so proud of myself.  I then did 25 miles on Sunday through Portland it was fun.  I went with my sister, and hubby.  Monday I rested.  Tuesday was a run day and after Saturday I was feeling good about running outside.  Well that didn't last.  I got to my halfway 20 min mark and was 1.6 miles in. I was so happy because that meant my 3.1 or 5K time had improved by 5 mins.  That is a big deal for me. It also means my 1.5 mile time has improved by 2 mins (just realized that).  But on the return trip I sprained my stupid left ankle :(.  So now I am limping and just trying to rest in the hope that I can be up to running Saturday with my team.  If I am still hurt I will go and just hang out.  Either way I need to get back from this injury quick.  I am skipping my run tomorrow.  I thought about riding but really I just need to get better.  STP is in 6.5 weeks.  I can't get injured!!  I did get my jersey in, wohoo so I am going to try to get hubby to take a picture of me in it.  How fun.  Ok that is my fast update.  Baby has been sleeping like poo so I am off to bed before she wakes again so I can get some sleep.  I will post more later ;).

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Not so great run

So today was a not so great run day.  I still got 2.5 miles.  I almost think it was the crappiness of the treadmill that wasn't working for me.  I had to walk more than I was able to run and that was for sure frustrating.    But I got in there and got 40 mins done regardless.  I read a good article about cheating on the paleo diet and it made a lot of sense and why things were always so hard for me.  When you cheat your body has to go through the detox, craving, withdrawls all over again.  And let me tell you that is the worst.  So we decided that it would be easier to start on Tuesday after grocery shopping when we could just make sure we wouldn't have to "cheat" because there wasn't another option.  We are still going to try our best to make paleo choices and at least make the healthiest choices we can.  We have a busy fun weekend.  I don't expect to be able to post much this weekend but will catch up on Monday night.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The last two days

So yesterday I ran which was awesome.  I did 40 mins just like I was supposed to by both my Train Like a Mother plan and my TNT plan.  Yeah to many plans.  But luckily TNT just wants time for right now.  I went 10 mins run and 1 min walking three times.  I went 2.75 miles, my furthest distance in that time at a constant 4.5 mph on the treadmill.  I also had the incline at 1.  I am doing really good with my running and am super happy about it.

Tonight I did an upper body weight lifting routine and got on the trainer for 30 mins.  So I am doing really good for the week.  My eating still is my biggest hurdle but I did manage to have rotisserie chicken and salad for dinner.  Not super paleo but closer than its been.  No soda today! So that is a start.  Gotta start somewhere right :).  Green tea and water.  Trying to come up with a better tracking system for food because as much as I love myfitnesspal it can sometimes be a pain to enter stuff if it isn't in there or its homemade.  Plus I don't think my calories are the problem its the types of foods I am eating.  Eating at home would be a great start.  Eating strict paleo would be another.  Hubby and I talked tonight and both agree that our son needs to cut sugar out because it makes him freak out and do bad things because he just gets so hyper.  So we are going back to a strict paleo diet for the next month to see if that helps him and we all know it will help us.  We have to do this for him as much for us.  I just hope its enough to not cave when the cravings come.  Got to stay strong.  I think having my sister tracking with me and holding each other accountable will help.  I would love to be down in the 140s by August when I have to order my bridesmaids dress.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bike ride with the kids

I wish I had gotten a picture but hopefully next time.  We got a new bike trailer to be able to take all the kids with us when we go ride.  So I have a single trailer that will hold the baby and hubby has a double for the bigger two.  It was so great to ride as a family.  We only did about 14.5 miles but it was still alot of fun.  It was raining pretty good too.  My legs were for sure shot by the end.  It is suprising how even though we didn't go very far that extra weight make a huge difference.  We hope to ride most Saturday's after my run practice with TNT.  With all the nice days this summer it should be a great time.  Still not as much distance as I would have liked but better than not getting on the bike at all and towing a trailer has to count for something :).  The baby slept a lot of the ride which made it great.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Second Team run

Today was a great run day!  I managed to do 50 mins (above my 40 min that I have been doing) did a 4 min run/2 min walk and ran 3.5 miles.  Not bad!  I was super excited about it.  I am loving this summer time training.  Love the TNT training shirt as well.  I need to wear it more.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Been away

I have been away, usually this means I am not working out which for sure won't help me reach my goals. I did ok the week after my surgery but then got a nasty cold and I just can't kick it.  I tried just resting and that didn't help.  So today I went for a bike ride.  Only did 26 miles but its better than not going.  I feel a bit better cold wise but man my body is achy.  I know, I know my nutrition is sucking :(.  I really wish eating was easier for me.  Or that I didn't like food.  That would for sure make it easier LOL.  My sister is getting married in 6 months.  If I don't lose enough weight I have to buy my dress in a bigger size and then maintain until after the wedding.  So it comes down to choices.  I need to get on my game and come up with a plan to get more than 5 pounds a month off this body.  Brainstorming ideas here I go...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First run post surgery

So I have to say I was a little worried since I was off for so many days but my first run after my surgery went really well.  I was feeling it at the end and I didn't have that slow down time during my walking since it was only one minute.  I am so glad that I keep on pushing and that I am doing so well.  I am trying really hard to take great  care of my shins/calfs and not let them slow me down to much.  So I did 1min walk and 9 mins run, 3 times.  I completed the whole workout without extra walk breaks and feeling good at the end.  I am excited for kick off on Saturday where we will do a 40 min walk/run.  I will be already up for the challenge.  I did 2.64 miles today and burned about 300 calories.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Last workout before surgery

So today I was really debating running or just swimming.  I had the choice.  We got to the gym early so I could run (since it takes 40 mins) and still let the hubby get his swim in.  But I was really debating if I should run with my legs being what they are.  But ya know I did it.  I went, got on the treadmill and did my 40 mins.  I was supposed to do 3 segments of 8 mins run/2 mins walk.  Well I miss counted my intervals so my last segment was 10 mins but that is ok :).  I did it all and felt great at the end.  I am so glad I did it.  I did not swim.  When we got home hubby and I did a chest and tricep workout.  All in all it was a good workout day.  I won't be working out tomorrow and not sure about Friday yet.  It will really depend on how I feel as to if I workout.  I am playing it by ear at this point.  I am down 1.5 pounds from last week.  Success!  It feels good to be going down again and eating better.  Nutrition really is a big deal.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday, what a day

So this week is crazy busy, stressful and many people would use it as a reason to not workout and just eat junk to survive.  I will admit I indulged in a White Chocolate mocha before my test today.  I do not think it helped me pass my test LOL but I drank it anyway.  I only get to take this test once a year so its kind of a big deal.  I was super nervous, studied but don't think I did very well.  Only time will tell how I did but I left there feeling much more stupid than when I arrived.  I for sure studied the wrong info but when you have that many books there is just no way to get through them all and they changed the game plan a month before the darn test, ugh.  Anyway moving on so that is one stressor out of the way.  Tomorrow is my daughter's surgery and Thursday is mine.  I won't be able to work out on Thursday but I will get my workout in tomorrow and try for this weekend depending on how I recover.  Gosh I hope I can workout Saturday and Sunday.  I did a kettle bell workout to get some strength and cardio and a workout in.  Hubby had to work late so I needed something quick.  It was good and my abs are thanking me LOL.  Just got to give it everything I got and keep at it. I will get where I want to be, its not an option to fail.  I have to say this really struck me after my achievement yesterday.  I realized that I needed to stop holding myself back.  We will see how tomorrow goes.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Another run

Well today did not go as planned for my run.  I mean I did run.  I ran 2.5 miles to be exact.  I started to run, was just going to go as long as I could.  My legs weren't having it.  So I kicked the incline up and walked for 4 mins and then tried again.  I did 2 mins that time.  I was so frustrated with my legs and angry that they were doing this to me.  I walked another four mins.  I decided that I would run 2 mins and see how I felt.  After 2 mins I felt ok so I went 2 more, then 2 more and before I knew it I had run for 14 mins without stopping.  My shins never got worse just stayed the same and just pushed through.  I decided that I wasn't going to let my legs stop me any longer.  So since I was running a 13:00 mile I went a whole mile without stopping.  This is such a huge success for me.  It may not have been part of the plan and may not have been what I intended but it was a great thing and really helped me to see that it comes down to mind over matter.  I am letting my legs stop me.  I need to get them stronger and the only way to do that is to keep running, keep working out and keep pushing forward.  So this is me pushing forward :).  Swim lessons I usually swim but tonight we didn't have the kids swim suits (we thought they were in the bag) so we bailed and came home.  Oh well not swimming won't kill me :).  Tomorrow is a ride and strength day hopefully.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Trainer ugh

I dislike riding on my trainer.  Especially because yesterday was so nice and today was no rain so I could have ridden outside.  However with my eating being poor and being sick yesterday and today I was not feeling it.  I did ride for 30 mins because I already missed 2 days this week and missed 2 strength days :(.  But I will just keep on chugging along and hope that I start feeling better soon.  I am torn, I don't know if I should bump up to week 4 of my training plan or repeat week 3.  With my shins I almost think repeating a week will be a better option.  That and I anticipate being out of commission for working out on Thursday and Friday from my surgery.  If my shins weren't bothering me I probably would have run on Friday and would be bumping my mileage :(.  I hate my shins.  I did get my compression sleeve though and I really hope that helps.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weight check

So this morning I got on the scale to update my progress and was pleasantly surprised to see 164.6 flash on the scale.  Even after breakfast.  I was glad because my nutrition has been terrible.  I was planning to do weights and ride my bike however I am feeling very under the weather, very flu like and am taking another night off this week.  I hate doing it but know my limits.  I did forget to do my measurements but will work on getting those tomorrow morning.  I got new socks for wearing with my vibrams, new capris in a medium size and compression sleeves!  I am excited about my new nice gear.  The pants are a bit tight but they are a goal and I am proud to be working to them.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Day 2 and no run :(

So I did day 2 of the live fit with the hubby.  But I did not run today.  I went and got a makeover instead :).  But my shins are thanking me.  Since my baby smacked them and it hurt I know they need a bit more rest.  I am going to try to run tomorrow and get on my bike.  Do a little brick triathlon training action going on.  I did do my weights and a progress picture.  I will do measurements in the morning.  Honestly I think I look worse :( but hubby doesn't agree LOL.  Either way there is my one month progress.
March 27th 171 pounds
April 27th 167?? I will check in the AM

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rest day

I do believe rest days are just as needed as workout days.  I am taking today as my day this week since next week will also be Thursday.  I hope to only be down one day from my surgery but we will see :(.  I have to admit I really hope I am not down for more than 1-2 days.  I am really having a hard time with food and I was doing so good.  But it seems that since I made weight for work and that pressure was removed other stress in my life has pushed me to eating lots of junk.  Each time I do my body gets all angry and upset.  You would think I would stop but I haven't and the scale has creeped up :(.  That is even more upsetting.  I am trying to get myself back on track.  I need to make a menu for the upcoming week and go grocery shopping so that I can have healthy stuff in the house again and not eat the junk.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mid week

Today is my last workout day before I take a rest day and then hit it hard for the weekend.  I ran 2.67 miles which is down from Monday but I decided to do an easier run in the hopes my shins wouldn't hate me so much.  Although through the day they have become more achy :(.  I guess motrin and ice are in my evening routine LOL.  I am going to keep on going though and just work on my hip strength and stretching.  If I have to drop back down to 4 min runs I will.  Whatever it takes to not stop.  It is frustrating though and I really wish my shins didn't give me so many problems.  Hopefully I can correct this myself without having to do physical therapy again.  I did not swim tonight as I sliced my finger open and did not want to have the screaming pain the salt water chlorine pool would induce.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Live fit round 2

Only this time I won't be cutting out the cardio through phase 1.  I just can't but I like the strength training.  So I am going to start it again :).  I did my first chest and tricep workout tonight.  Man my arms are wobbly :).  A good wobble though.  My shins are giving me some grief tonight :( so I iced them and tomorrow when I go run I will keep it at a bit slower pace.  I think bumping up the pace along with the time ran is causing me some pain.  I also think putting the strength training back into my workout week will help alot.  I need to do my physical therapy stuff to keep my shins happy and ice more often.  I will not let this stop my.  I will complete the Nike Women's darn it!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Week 3 of my new running and a swim

I ran 2.84 miles this morning during my normal 40 min run.  I only had a 3 min cooldown though because I should have done 32 mins of running to make the math work.  Oh well :).  I could have gotten closer to 3 miles if I had done those extra two mins LOL.  Then took my youngest for a surgery consult.  Tonight I had swim lessons for my older two and swam for 20 mins myself.  I really must remember that nutrition is key when working out multiple times a day.  I can't do a 30 min swim and get 1/2 or more miles without eating more.  I did get a nap in this afternoon :).  It felt good to get back in the pool.  I also realized that a goal for once I make my goal and get to go clothes shopping is to by cute fashionable stuff.  Not the frumpy baggy stuff I wear now.  Although with the new body I intend to have I will want to show it off :).  No more momma pouch for me.  I know by the time my youngest turns 1 I will reach my goal weight. My goal body which includes a nice looking midsection might take longer perhaps January 2013... But I will get there.  1 year from start to finish isn't bad.  I am making great progress and just have to keep moving.  My training is picking up speed.  I have a few bumps next week then its full steam ahead.  Yeah because 15-20 pounds is 145-150 and who doesn't want to be down there from 211???

Friday, April 20, 2012

Final run of week 2

So today was my last run of the week.  I got it in and am so glad I did.  I made it 2.71 miles in the 40 mins.  So I am getting further.  I almost think at this rate I will be at 3 miles by the end of next week.  How amazing is that.  I do about .25 miles in my warm up so I am guessing about the same perhaps more in the cool down.  I will have to check next week.  I don't usually pay attention.  But I am excited.  Won't it be great when my 40 min run is 3.5 or even 4 miles.  Amazing!  Anyway that is my good news.  I was really hoping to get a 40 mile ride in this weekend.  I just don't know if it will happen due to some troubles that I won't talk about here.  But I am glad this is the last month I will have to deal with it and it won't affect me or my training again :).  So glad my running is going so well, it makes me feel great.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Work weigh in finally

So I finally made it.  Officially weighed in at 164.0 today for the Coast Guard.  Ahhhh what a weight lifted off my shoulders.  To not have to check the scale everyday to see if I am below my max so I can weigh in.  I know some of this was water weight I dropped today and have probably since put back on but I don't care :).  I won't be weighing again until my monthly picture and measurements are done.  And from then I will probably weigh in only once a month.  I want to focus on being healthy and not on the scale.  I am so glad to be done with that goal/deadline and on to more fun goals.
I ran 2.61 miles in 40 mins without fuel :).  I am getting further in the same amount of time.  I was not able to bump my speed at the end like I normally do but I was glad to get just a bit further than I did on Monday.  So at this rate I will be going 3 miles in the 40 mins within a week or two.  And for me to do a 5k in 40 instead of 45 is a major improvement.  So at about the 4 week mark I should be completing a 5K during my workouts.  Hopefully by the end of the 8 weeks I will be going 4 miles.  For me to even think that in 6-8 weeks I could be run/walking 4 miles is just amazing.  I have never gone that far or run that much ever and its amazing.  I am excited to celebrate my husbands birthday this weekend without the guilt of indulging.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Week 2

So this was the start of week 2 of my Train Like a Mother 5k training plan.  I was to walk 2 min and run 4 mins :) and do this 5 times.  I did this and ran 2.57 miles today.  Last Monday it was 2.25 so this was very exciting for me.  I did one segment as a 2 min run but other than that I made it through each segment and am sure that Wednesday will be great.  I am on my way to running longer distances and I can't wait to cross the finish line at the Nike Women's in October.  I am feeling really good about how my training is going both on my bike and running.  Eating was terrible today in that I forgot my lunch and had to make due.  I did not eat much just an Oat and Honey granola bar.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Second bike ride

So today I did a second bike ride just to see how my body handled two days in a row.  I was slower today and my legs were more tired.  I was only able to do 23.68 miles instead of 30 but I also made it almost 24 miles after doing 30 yesterday and I am proud of that.  It was for sure rough but its a great starting point.  I have added the daily mile widget back to my blog so I can track my weekly miles both running and cycling.  I have done many more on my bike but I don't feel like going back through and logging them all :).  All in all it was a great fitness weekend.  Yesterday I got to ride 30 miles with my sister and today I got to ride 24 with my hubby.  I should make weight tomorrow as I was at 165.5 this morning.  I burned somewhere over 1100 calories so if that doesn't help I don't know what will :).  Tomorrow I will start week 2 from the train like a mother training for a 5K.  Super excited.  Its 4 min run/2min walk.  I know I can do this.  Hope my legs know it too LOL.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday ride with my sister

Today was fabulous.  I rode with my sister for the first time.  I am for sure the slow poke in the group LOL.  We did 30 miles (wohoo for me) in 2 hrs 36 mins.  So we averaged about 45 mins per 10 miles with an average speed of 11.2 I think.  It was a great ride and great to ride with my sister.  I am glad we finally got to do it.  Afterwards we went to get her some bike shorts, helmet (she borrowed my hubby's) and some gloves.  She ended up borrowing mine during the ride.  Luckily I don't mind riding without my gloves.  Tomorrow I will get to ride with hubby which will be great to do a back to back ride and 60 miles total for the weekend.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, run and a video

Went for a run this morning.  I ran 2.45 miles on the treadmill and my last two mins I ran a 12 min/mile so that was super exciting.  I cooled down and basically ran for 4 mins without stopping.  I can't believe I did that.  It was amazing.  I felt amazing.  I felt like I could have kept going but I stuck to my routine and got it done.  I am so proud of myself.  I was 165.4 this morning when I got on the scale.  A 3 pound loss this week and only .4 pounds away from making weight for work.  I feel better, look better and am doing great.  My sister is visiting and we tried the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution.  What a great workout.  I really like the strength training.  So glad her and I got the DVD Set.  So I got two workouts in today and it was great.  Tomorrow my sister and I will be doing a 30 mile bike ride.  Wish me luck LOL.  Should be a good time.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Normally I would do spin today but it was cancelled.  I was bummed but my tailbone has been killing me so it was ok.  I decided to do week 2 of the Ripped in 30 and man did it kick my butt.  I really struggle with all the plank moves.  Though I try my best and do attempt the advanced versions its still rough.  I am only 6.5 months post partum so those core muscles while much stronger are not that strong yet.  I will get there.  I had a terrible dinner and really regret that.  But its good to see my frame of mind changing and me not wanting to eat out or eat crap food.  Sometimes it hard even knowing how far I have come to not see how far I still have to go and wonder if I will be able to do it.  Moments of self doubt do plague me, as I am sure they plague everyone.  I keep telling myself between the STP training and the 1/2 marathon training I have to lose weight but I would imagine that isn't totally true.  I also learned this week that sticking to paleo equates to about a pound a day of loss... food for thought.  Stick to my paleo eating and weight loss will be mine!  Weight this morning 166.1.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday and getting so close

So yesterday I realized if I didn't take a rest day I wouldn't get one until next Tuesday... So I took the night off.  I am working really hard at eating right so I can make weight and not eating out both for our budget and for my health.  Let me say it's not easy.  I want things that aren't good for me.  But it's totally going to be worth it when I make weight this week :).  I did my second training run and made it through.  Used a different treadmill.  I think the other one is easier and I will stick to that one.  I had some technical difficulties.  I think I went about 2 miles in the 40 mins but I did the same speed and time as my last run so I am not sure.  Either way I completed the time and ran for 2 mins each time (total of 5 times) and I am thrilled with that.  I just keep pushing and trying to push outside the comfort zone.  I am thrilled at how today went.  Friday will be my last run day for the week.  Got the exercise down pat, now to work on food and I will shred weight like crazy.

Monday, April 9, 2012

First training run/walk

So today I decided to "lace" up my shoes and start training for my 1/2 marathon coming in October.   My first official practice will be May 12th but I figured a head start wouldn't hurt.  I say "lace" because I wore my vibrams :).  I walked for 5 mins to warm up, then walked 4 mins, ran 2 mins, did that 5 times and then did a 5 min cool down.  It was a total of 40 mins and I did 2.25 miles.  Now outside on a 5k trail I usually average 45 mins for 3.1 so I was a tad slow but I walked more than I ran and I think this slower pace will actually work better for me.  My running pace was 13:40 which isn't super fast but it isn't to bad.  My walking however is 18 LOL.  Sooo once I can run more than I walk I should be going further.  I will just pluck away at it and see how it goes.  I am doing good with being back to my paleo eating and glad that I am doing it.  I had to resist make your own burrito night :), but it will be worth it when I am a lean mean fighting machine.  I do not believe you have to starve to get healthy.  I believe that you need to eat healthy, workout and just keep on going forward.  I have lost 43 pounds!  Go me and to heck with anyone who wants to belittle that fact.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

20 miles and 20 mins

No I didn't go 20 miles in 20 mins.  I wish, that would be amazing.  Well let me rephrase, on my bike that would be amazing.  In my car that is totally normal :).  So I did 20 mins of my Shred it with weights.  I couldn't finish the workout since I was so weak from not eating right.  So I decided crash diet be damned and I will eat healthy and workout and just keep on moving forward instead of trying to do something that my body is resisting.  I did manage to ride 20 miles today and it was beautiful outside so that made it great.  I have never gotten to ride in the summer/spring and the warm sun.  It has been winter the last two years when I was riding so this only in my jersey was amazing.  I am glad I did it but again my nutrition has been lacking so I wasn't able to do the 30 I wanted to do.  I hope by next weekend to crank out 30 miles and just keep building from there.  Taking a break because of my wrist and because of my eating this weekend has set me behind.  No time to dwell.  Got to keep training and trying.  These were my sentiments today.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I really dislike dieting.  I prefer to eat healthy and make good choices.  But my job is on the line so I have cut WAY back on everything in an effort to drop those last few pounds.  But after I make weight no more of this crap.  I could never do this on a consistent basis.  I would rather just make good choices.  Although I will admit I don't always make good choices.  Food or nutrition is so hard and probably the hardest part of losing weight for many people.  Food affects how much you lose, how fast you lose, if you lose at all.  And lets be honest the worst food for you can taste really fantastic :).  I was 167 this morning so its working but man am I cranky.  I really hope its all worth it and I make weight either Monday or Tuesday at the latest so I can get back to normal.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Level 1

So I am about a week into level 1 and while the movements are becoming more fluid they aren't getting easier :).  Mostly just a tough workout which I love.  I did up my weight from the 5 pound kettle bell to the 10 pound kettle bell for the first two circuits and I think that really challenged my muscles.  I ate dinner way later than I wanted to and while super yummy thanks to my wonderful hubby I would have rather eaten at 5 or 6 than 830.  Made a nom nom paleo dish shrimp and salad.  It is amazing how much I have learned about nutrition and working out over the last couple years.  I hope to get a nice long ride done this weekend.  I think I say that alot of weekends but my wrist is doing much better and hope to get 30 miles in if not 40.  Well now that I am tired I will head to bed.  I was 168.3 this morning.  Lets hope I can be good and make weight on Tuesday so I can stop stressing about that and finally move on with my more fun/important goals :).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4th

So got my workout done for the night.  I meant to do it earlier in the day but it just didn't happen but I did get it done.  I am going to do a 6 day body makeover in the hope that I will drop enough weight to make weight for work and get that stress monkey off my back and focus on just getting healthy while still losing weight.  But I dislike stressing about it.  So let's hope it works.

Hubby took my measurements:
Chest 41.5
Waist 43 @ belly button
Hips 44.5
Thighs 25

It was kind of depressing doing those I will be honest.  I really don't like seeing such big numbers but they will be smaller soon.  It was a good workout.  I am enjoying the change of the Shred it with Weights but its not one of my favorite workouts she does.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Workout is done!

So tonight was one of those nights that I just didn't want to do it.  I was feeling tired and grumpy and just wanted to be lazy.  But ya know I pushed through, did better tonight than last night and got the workout done.  I did the shred it with weights and already am doing better with the new moves.  Jumping squat turny things are tough and make me dizzy but I keep trying.  By the end my squat isn't as good as it was LOL but I am doing it and that is the important part.  I found that the turkish thing she does aggravates my wrist so I will just do cardio.  I don't think it will hurt my results.  The key is to be moving.  And heck if I am not doing that :).  I hear the weather is going to be nice this weekend so hopefully we will get some time on the bikes.  Wish we had someone to watch all three kids so we could go together but its not to be. But getting the time outside on the bikes will be good.  Aiming for 40 miles with no less than 30.  Well better get done, get showered and get to bed.  0430 comes way to early in the morning.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

On the bike trainer

So I managed to do 90 mins on the bike on the trainer.  I love being outside better but based on my times outside this would be equivalent to about 20 miles.  In spin it would be the same as 30 miles.  So either way I am happy with that.  I hope to keep building on it.  I need more outside rides though since its easier to ride for 5 hours outside :).  Had a very good paleo day.  Lunch was yummy shrimp, pineapple (fresh), and mushrooms, sautéed in garlic, oil and a little marsala.  Should have cut the mushrooms up a bit but otherwise it was very tasty and the fresh pineapple was AMAZING.  We are having pulled pork from everydaypaleo.com and probably salad to go with it.  We aren't big coleslaw people.  Good workouts, good foods, should bring good results :).  Hope everyone else is having a fabulous Sunday.

Shred it with weights

So my thumb/wrist is still giving me some trouble but rather than do week 1 AGAIN. I decided to try my Shred it with Weights.  I liked it because it was more a whole body workout but it will take some getting used to to get the movements down.  I am going to do this for 2 weeks and give my hand a break and then do level 2.  All while trying to get time on the bike.  I broke the 170 barrier today and was at 169.6!  I was so excited to be out of the 170s.  I do not recommend the GNC ultra for women, I really believe that is what put me in the plateau.  I am now back to losing a pound to 1.5 pounds a week and super thrilled with that.  We are working to eat more paleo again, as you know if you read this you know that I struggle with my food ALOT.  But I am getting there and making better choices.  So here is to making weight for work and completing my events this year.  I will look fabulous for my sister's wedding and my trip to Vegas in November :).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time on the trainer and week 1 still

So I got on the trainer for the first time after my fall.  The bummer is that apparently I did hurt myself more than I realized and have been aggravating it.  So I only got 20 mins on the trainer tonight :(.  I did do another day of week 1 of Ripped in 30.  I am looking forward to moving to week 2 I just hope my hand/thumb will take the abuse ;).  I need to kick it up a notch LOL.  I was 169.3 at work today... so not sure how accurate that is since I was 170.8 at home.  I am thinking I am around 170 which is still good in my book and progress in the right direction.  I hope to get outside on my bike this weekend.  That wasn't bothering my hand to much and I can take some naproxen before I go :).  Yeah I just need to get more time on my bike ya know.  Only 3.5 months until Seattle to Portland and I am not getting enough miles/hours on my bike as I would like.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More progress pictures

I know it kind of feels like I just did these.  But really it has been a month :).  Wow time really does pass so you might as well use it productively.  At least this year I am not going, gee wish I would have started 3-4 months ago ;).  This year I am getting it done.  40 pounds gone.  Do you know what 40 pounds of weight loss looks like... Here let me show you.  Yes this is a rather embarrassing picture.  This was one month after I had my beautiful baby girl.  So I guess technically this is 5 months of progress however I didn't really start working out until after my 6 week check up.  But either way its been 5 months.  40 pounds are gone and will never be seen again.  And I have gotten complimented twice this week on how much thinner I am looking :).  That is a great feeling.  So now for the other progress pictures.  The next one is my workout progress picture and those start in December and go until now so 4 months of picture progress.  I am not sure why a picture wasn't taken in November.  Probably because I just didn't think it was worth it... not sure.  I am proud to say that my wonderful hubby and I started this weight loss journey together and have both lost 40 pounds so that makes me happy we are setting a great example for our kids.  My oldest even worked out with us tonight.  I do recommend the Ripped in 30 if you want a good workout.
Ok so here are the pictures...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday March 26

Wow what a rough night.  We all slept poorly due to the baby being up most of the night fussing and sick.  I hope tonight goes better.  Last night I attempted week 2 of the Ripped in 30 but have to admit with a sprained thumb all the plank moves were really tough.  So I am going to stay in week 1 for an extra week to give my thumb time to heal but still work out.  I prepped all our lunches for the week and am proud of myself for that.  I actually had someone say they thought I looked thinner :).  That is a great feeling.  When someone else actually notices that you are slimming down.  I really am happy about that.  I also need to remember that I am not that number on the scale and that I just need to focus on being healthy.  Sadly due to work I have to worry about that number until I get to 165 and weigh in next month.  That will be the last time I will ever worry about a weigh in :).  The only dilemma now is to work out tonight or just go to bed.  It really is a tough choice since I am plain exhausted.  I really have to remember its all about choices.  How do I want to look this summer?

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday March 23

So yesterday I took the night off.  Yes I sprained my thumb in my fall on Wednesday :( and no it doesn't feel great.  DR said at least a week to 2 weeks with no riding my bike.  I plan to ride this weekend on the trainer since I can do that either one handed or no hands :).  I am also sticking to my video and its going good.  Today I completed week 1.  I will start week 2 tomorrow since normally I am going to try to take my rest day on Friday.  I am so proud of myself for making it through the week.  It was rough but I got it done.  Working out for me isn't the hard part.  Eating is my hurdle.  I will get there though.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bike ride and a video

Well the title sounds better than I felt.  I was all set to do 20 miles today.  Weather was great, not to hot (45 degrees) not raining and not to windy unless I was going 24 mph :).  But at mile 10 I went to turn around and didn't unclip both feet and fell.  Yeah it was bound to happen, it always does and I did it.  Luckily no one saw but I caught myself with my left hand/wrist and trying to ride after that was painful.  Like the crying when no one is looking painful.  So I called my wonderful hubby who loaded all three kids up and drove down to get me.  So 10.68 miles ridden and my ripped in 30 video done for the day.  Not to bad.  Could have been better but could have been worse.  Today was day 4 of the new video.  I did skip the push ups... I mean come on :).  But I am giving it all I have got.  I am down to 170.7 today.  That is a total of 40 pounds lost!  Sometimes I get frustrated and mad that I am having to work so hard.  But I will appreciate all the hard work and I will be in better shape because I am having to work so hard.  And I wouldn't trade my little angel for being skinny.  I would gladly do it again just to see her smile and hold her close.  Anyway overall a good day.  I got my Train Like a Mother book so I am super thrilled with that.  I was expecting it tomorrow.  I will get to start reading it tomorrow instead :).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20th

So last night DH took some pictures of me feeding our 6 month old.  I felt really disgusted with my body and how I looked.  Like to the point I have been super upset since yesterday.  I know I shouldn't hate myself this way but gah sometimes it feels like I haven't made any progress and when the scale shows none for a month you start to really wonder if it's working.  Or you pick apart your workout, eating, or anything else you can blame.  I find I also start beating myself up about everything even none wieght related things.  We as women put to much on our appearance and especially our weight.  I don't know why we do this but we do.  I wish I didn't feel this way.  I know that I am doing good but I guess I feel like I could be doing better.
I did day 2 of the Ripped in 30 video.  Man my legs were hurting before I started and I didn't give them any mercy last night.  Today I am not feeling to bad but I haven't worked out yet.  I am home with one sick 5yo and the baby so I will work out tonight after everyone is in bed or at least settled for the night.  Tomorrow I am not working either since our boy is running a fever of 102 as of right now.  I will try to do my video either in the morning or early afternoon so I can go for a ride tomorrow night.  It should be a 20 mile ride which would take about 2 hours give or take.  I can leave from the house.  It will be a great ride.  So now to focus more and really take food more seriously as I believe that is where I am making most of my mistakes.  I like to eat out.  I have to remind myself its not worth it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday March 19th

Wow what a weekend.  Sorry I didn't get a chance to post it was super busy around here though.  I got a new Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD.  I did that on Sunday and wow I was sweating like you wouldn't believe.  It was a good workout though.  I got to ride for an hour but since I hadn't eaten breakfast yet and had just finished the ripped in 30 I was wiped after an hour.  The goal this week is to get a good 20-30 mile ride in Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  I was 173.1 today which is up a little from mid last week but down from last Monday by about .5 lbs.  So overall not bad and eating was not so great.  But since I have "closed the bank" we won't be eating out again anytime soon.  I went shopping for a month except fresh fruits and veggies.  So we are set.  Pork chops tonight for dinner with maybe brussels sprouts and salad.  Sounds yummy :).  I picked the below pintrest pin because really sometimes we all need to remember why we started and keep going.  Even when we aren't moving downward and we are frustrated we need to keep working out.  I feel grumpy when I don't work out.  How do you feel?  Edit to add I was 172.8 last Monday so I am up .3 pounds.  But overall that isn't to bad and AF is coming soon.  Only time will tell.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spin class today

Oh how I love to hate spin class :).  Its one of those classes that is tough and you are cursing the instructor but when you are done you feel great and glad that you finished an hour.  I did 21 miles in 60 mins according to the computer on the bike.  That is fairly good for me.  Outside I don't get the same speed, darn the head wind LOL.  It does make it hard to gauge how "far" I have gone on my trainer.  So I could have gone anywhere from 10 to 20 miles in the hour I was on my trainer on Tuesday.  So I have 30-40 miles done for the week.  I will do an outside ride either Saturday or Sunday for 30 miles and do an inside ride for 2-3 hours.  I will have to do some research I think, or buck up and pay for a wireless computer for the bike.  This is an 80 mile week and then next week is 100.  I think this will be a good build up for me.  My legs, butt, thighs are for sure feeling the burn of the class tonight.  I hope I am not to sore tomorrow so I can get my full body workout.
I realized today the only other change I have made to my lifestyle other than riding my bike is that I stopped the GNC ultra mega women's pack.  I wonder if that is what caused my lack of weight loss.... How frustrating would that be.  Since I was doing it to help my weight loss :(.  Lame.  Either way the scale is moving down.  171.9 this morning, so close to the 40 pounds lost mark I can taste it hahaha.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Leg workout

What a great workout. Did a legs circuit and then walked 1 mile in 19 mins. Not super fast but getting it done. Goal is a mile 3x's a week right now. I think this new plan will hold me until May 1.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 13th

Today I didn't do a core workout at lunch but I did ride my bike for an hour tonight.  I did some abs afterwards.  I will do a full body strength training tomorrow at lunch that will include core and probably walk.  Eating was ok but for sure need to eat more to do these long rides.  Last night at midnight I woke up starving.  It was crazy.  Riding on the trainer is not as much fun as being outside.  I will be glad when nights get longer and we can go for a quick ride outside no problem then come home and eat.  Training is off to a great start :).

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12

So yesterday I rode 22.88 miles, but I am going with 23.  I mean close enough right LOL.  Either way it was a good ride.  Took me just over 2 hours.  I was doing great until I turned around at mile 15 to come home.  The head wind really slowed me down.  I didn't have my bike computer but I would imagine I was only doing about 8 mph a lot of the way.  I averaged 10 over the whole course.  It was for sure a wake up call that I need to get moving.
Today I headed to the gym.  I need to keep at the strength training if I am going to have the endurance for 204 miles on my bike.  I did an upper body routine and walked on the treadmill for 20 mins.  Who thing took about an hour and I walked in my vibrams.  I am going to walk a couple times a week for a couple weeks in them so that hopefully I can start running in early to mid April.
All in all a good couple days.  Finally broke through my plateau and was down to 172.8 :).  I have been struggling to get below 173 and more often than not have been sitting at 175.  So I was happy to be going down again.
Went back to paleo as I think that is the biggest difference between December when I was losing weight and now when I was stuck.  I hope this downward trend continues as I add more time on my bike to my week.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8th

So yesterday I was down with a stupid migraine.  I am starting to wonder if they are caffeine induced.  I had a cherry coke zero tonight and haven't gotten a headache.  So I am really thinking that is the cause.  The GNC tablets had caffeine in them.  So now I have to wean myself off of the soda/caffeine again :(.  Not super thrilled about that but happy to not have a raging headache tonight.  I did not workout yesterday as I went to bed shortly after dinner.  And tonight I took a rare opportunity to snuggle with my wonderful husband.  I am sure my Friday, Saturday, and Sunday workouts will more than make up for it :).  Working out 5 days this week is still a good amount and my eating has been under control.  I did do a good amount of my calories with the exception of dinner and I had 750 left of my 1500 at dinner so I am sure I am under for the day.  Gah I thought I was doing better at eating but I bet my calories are consistently to low for the amount of exercise I do which in turn messes up the body.
Breakfast had a scrambled egg burrito.  Snack some cashews and tea.  Lunch was a salad and steak.  Snack was a sandwich and coke zero.  Dinner was home made burritos with black beans instead of refried.  Overall it was a good eating day.  I signed up for the Nike Women's marathon tonight with Team in Training (help me find a cure for cancer) so that is super exciting.  I can't wait to start that training.  Yes I am filling my plate with lots of stuff but I figure if I can keep challenges on the horizon it will keep me motivated in working out and losing weight even when the scale is being mean :).

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6th

Got to ride my bike tonight that was great.  Only got to ride for 30 mins but its better than nothing.  Kait wasn't going to let me ride much longer LOL.  But I also started week 9 of the live fit trainer.  Might as well finish what I started right.  I get time at lunch to work out so I will do what I can at lunch and call it good.  I am doing spin class on Thursday's so that will be the only day I won't really do a gym workout.  But 4 days a week on my bike and 6 days a week doing weights I should be in good shape for this summer and my double century.  Plus I will most likely start my 1/2 marathon training program with Team in Training in April or May.  I need to sign up (note to self).  So food, food is my biggest hurdle.  Most people struggle with food.  Society has made food a comfort and that is hard to change.
Breakfast Whole wheat bagel with cream cheese
Snack Celery and peanut butter
Lunch Left over steak and salad
Snack a handful of cashews
Dinner was a turkey sandwich from subway on wheat, no mayo, lots of lettuce, spinach and a few olives. Chips and a cookie as well :(.  Yeah the cookie probably shouldn't have been on the menu along with the sunchips but hey there are worse choices I could have made and my 1 of weights and 30 mins on the bike probably negate the cookie.
Water, english breakfast tea and a lemonade to drink.  No soda so it was a good day.  Nothing to terrible and probably under for calories.  Next step if I can log my food all week is to start counting calories.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5th

Well today I had the day off due to some appointments.  I am very glad I worked out this morning since tonight I have a terrible migraine type headache.  I did a 30 day shred level 1 this morning before starting my day.  I did spend a good portion of my workout beating myself up about my food choices and lack of weight loss.  But ya know that won't do me any good.  So I talked to my sister and we came up with a good plan.  I will allow one meal out to eat each week but it has to be at subway or equivalent really just subway but jimmy johns is ok too.  This way I am not quitting cold turkey but I am not allowing myself to eat out a ton.  That is my down fall.  I love to eat out.  And really I just have to decide how much do I want this.  So tomorrow I will start my food journal (didn't get it started today) and then post it here at the end of the night so I can keep track of what I am eating and how I am feeling.  The goal is real food.  Not anything special.  I will try to stay away from pre packaged meals and eat all real foods.  By April 4th (30 days) I should see some changes for the better.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Fourth (4th) fun run

Today (this morning at 9am) I did my second 5K.  I did it in just under 44 mins :).  Yeah that is like a 14 min mile but I got it done.  I was out there running it getting it done.  I almost skipped out at the last min but I am glad I did it and finished.  I also got to see alot of my Team in Training friends from last years Triathlon.  So that was a great bonus.  We did forget the stroller for my baby but that is ok.  There was a woman who was running and she was bigger than me in every sense of the word.  Not just in size but in courage, strength and determination.  I did tell her how great I thought she was doing.  She probably thought I was lying but that is ok.  Maybe she believed me and it helped her a bit.  We could all use a bit of her strength.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday March 3rd

So today was a great day.  Not really for working out but for me :).  I am reminded though on the weekends I am better off working out in the morning.  Otherwise I get busy and it doesn't get done :(.  That is the only bad thing about today.  But my eating was good.  I didn't splurge or binge, even passed on the ice cream the hubby was having.  I did walk around a bit while shopping which totally counts :).  I am running a 5k tomorrow so that should get those calories burning.  I enjoyed the day with my son and that is worth more than any work out.  I can't wait to post pictures of my race tomorrow and post how I did.  I fully expect to take 45 mins to finish but hey I am going to do it and that is more than I can say for some people :).

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