5% - 227.8 (-11.99)
10% - 215.8 (-23.98)
15% - 203.8 (-35.97)
20% - 191.8 (-47.96)
25% - 179.8 (-59.95)
30% - 167.8 (-71.94)

final goal weight:
160 - 180 lbs
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

C25K W2 D2



I was able to get out at 7am and do my run/walk.  It was chilly at first but it felt good.  The first few jogs were tough, it was like my body was still stuck on week 1 and I’d look at my stop watch after  minute.  But the last three were easy.  My legs aren’t near as sore as I thought they would be. 

*I forgot to mention that as I was doing my walk/jog a woman on a bike kept riding by me. On her way home (I’m assuming because that was the last time I saw her) she looked at me, smile and said “good job!”  I thought it was nice!

I signed up for the program online and can’t get in to access my information now.  It irritates me because I even paid for it.  I have sent them an email and hoping to get it resolved soon.

Monday, August 29, 2011

C25K W2 D1


We had plans to take Jims’ parent’s motorcycle out for a ride today for our anniversary (since he’ll miss it).  Since I knew we’d be gone all day I set my alarm for 6:30am and bit the bullet and hit the pavement bright and early (with no make up and morning breath).  Honestly, it felt GREAT to get out there early and without kids!!!  Running without pushing a stroller is so much easier!  I even jogged up a small hill and wasn’t completely winded!


Since I didn’t have the stroller to use my rock system I put a ring on my finger and moved it over a finger once I was done with a jog and walk.  Worked like a charm!


This new week was a bit challenging but not too terribly bad.  I noticed that I’d look at the clock while jogging at exactly one minute hoping it was 1.5 min.  I also thought that the 2 min walk was too much but I’m sticking to it.  They know way better than I do!  Smile

I signed up for C25K online and was pleased to see that I burned 403 calories!


But then I logged into my mapmyrun and it said I only burned 149?!  I thought that seemed like it wasn’t enough, which is the reason I want some kind of tracker. 


So now I’m not sure which one to go by?!

Friday, August 26, 2011

C25K week one

I finished C25K week one this morning. 

It was another HOT one here in the PacNW but I did it.  It felt great and I am really looking forward to week two, never thought I’d say that.

I also bought a Pedometer/Heart Rate Watch this evening.  I bought it without reading reviews so I’m a bit disappointed now after reading them.  It has horrible reviews!  It does so many things I’m not sure how it all works yet.  I’m going to give it a try but if it does what the reviews say then I will return it.  I guess that’s what I get for being cheap.  LOL

{Frustrating} Weekly weigh in

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 222.6
This Week: 223.4
Weekly Loss: +.8
Total Loss: –13.6

Grrr!  I am beyond frustrated.  I made sure to have a salad almost everyday this week.  I did Zumba twice and finished week one of the C25K.  I don’t get it!  I know that my TOM is just around the corner and maybe that it’s some water weight but seriously, when is all this working out going to pay off?  I love the way I feel so I want it to reflect on the scale.  I have gained 1.2 lbs the whole month of August.  I don’t get it!  I will keep on trekking but today I am frustrated!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

C25K W1 D2

Complete!!  It was actually kinda easy.  I felt like I could keep going but didn’t since we got a late start.  I only did the 20 min (1.39 mi) walk/jog because by the time we got back it was dark.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Upcoming events

I added  a section on the right side bar, upcoming events.  I did this because I just signed up to participate in the Heart Walk on Sept 17th.  I will be walking it with my mom but am tempted to run it because that will be about the time that I finish my C25K training.  We’ll see.  If you want to help support me click HERE.

I have also went out on a limb and entered a 10K!!!  I’ve walked several 5K’s but have never done a 10K before.  So at first when my friend L asked if I wanted to do it with her I was scared.  But then as we talked more about it I started to get excited.  It’s called the Wild Moose Chase Trail Run.  It’s up on Mt. Spokane and you walk the trails of the mountain.  Sounds amazing!  I’m so excited.  Now I just have to find someone to watch the boys because Jim doesn’t get home until the next day.  Wish me luck!!

Zumba and monitoring devices

My brother and his girlfriend came over so I could go to Zumba.  It didn’t work like I expected.  Ryan cried almost the entire time!  They handled it well from the sounds of it but I still felt bad for them and Ryan.  I’m afraid that he’s never going to be able to stay in the child watch center.  Separation anxiety sucks!

The class was a little better than last Tuesday which was nice but she’s still not my favorite instructor.  It feels good to do Zumba two days in a row though.  My legs are sore and as much as I hate it, I love it.  Tomorrow I will do C25K Day 2.

According to mapmyrun it says that I burned 357 calories.  I am curious to see how accurate it is.  Do you use any type of a monitoring device?  If so, what kind?  I’m looking for something that is affordable but works well.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Great day!!

We didn’t have anything planned this morning and then a friend invited us to go swimming around lunch time.  I was debating on going to a Zumba class or to the Y.  We are going to my parents house for dinner and I might try out the Zumba class at the Valley’s Y while the boys hang out with G&G.  I’m still in limbo on that one.  So since I wasn’t sure if I’d get a work out in tonight and I knew I wanted to start the C25K program today, we hit the streets this morning. 
Like one of my new workout outfits?
Start of C25K: Day 1
Finished!!  I was a hot sweaty mess.  It was probably only 74 degrees outside but the sun was shining bright.  It’s different running in the morning vs. nighttime to me. 
Thank you for the wonderful suggestion Sarah!  The rocks worked like a charm.  I started with them in a cup holder and after I did a jog and walk I’d transfer one over to the pouch.  By where I ended this time I know that I did in fact did extra last week, no biggie.
THIS is what I want to get rid of.  I hate my stomach!  Sometimes I think it looks like I’m still pregnant and it drives me nuts! 
I was able to make the Zumba class in the Valley this evening!  I actually know the instructor and was a bit nervous having her see me and my lack of coordination.  (The gal is about 5 ft and ripped!!!  She’s got a JLo butt and you could see her 6 pack stomach through her white tank top.  Bitch!)  But it turned out GREAT!  I actually liked her class better than last Tuesday’s with Lisa.  My legs are sore and that’s a good sign!  I’m sure I’ll be hurting tomorrow, no pain no gain right?!  It felt great to get in so much activity.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


My mom stayed the night with us last night and we got in a 2.05mi walk.

She also kindly took my measurements for me.  So depressing!!

Neck: 15”
Wrist: 6.75”
Bust (widest): 46.25”
Band (under bust): 39.25”
Waist: 45”
Hips: 52”
Arm (upper R): 15.25”
Thigh (mid R): 26”

Friday, August 19, 2011

Feeling better

I went shopping for some new work out clothes today.  All of mine are old and since I’m working out 3-4 times per week I wanted more so I don’t have to do laundry every other day.  I was feeling kinda bummed about not losing much weight (but thankful to be losing).  However when I went to try on the clothes I was pleasantly surprised!!  I tried on the 2X, which is normally what I wear, and it was too BIG!  I had to buy a 1X and I was thrilled!!!  I got 2 capris and 2 tank tops.

I also got a new pair of black slacks at Target and was able to get a 16W (normally I am an 18W)!!!!  They are still pretty snug but I was able to button and zip them.  Woo hoo!

Then to top it all off, they we’re all on clearance!


I feel a little better now.

Personal goal

(FTR) I want to be to my 10% goal of 213lbs by Zack’s birthday party.  That’s 6 weeks away.  So I have 6 weeks to lose 9 lbs. 

Weekly weigh in

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 222.8
This Week: 222.6
Weekly Loss: –.2
Total Loss: –14.4

I’m glad I lost but really hoped for more.  I worked out 3 times this week and apparently that still wasn’t enough.  In almost 4 months I’ve only lost 14 lbs and that frustrates me!  Last time I did WW at home (June 09-Aug 09) I lost 14 lbs and hit a wall (and then got pregnant).  I feel like my body gives up after that.  I’m not sure what to do to jumpstart it again.  I know I don’t eat over 2000 calories like my scale says I should.  Maybe I should start journaling it to see.  But honestly that’s what burns me out with WW.  I feel like I have enough to do with two small kiddos at home by myself that that’s just one more thing to add to my list and stress me out.  But we’ll see, something’s gotta give! 

My mom is coming to stay the weekend with us and I think I might have her take my measurements.  If you take your own measurements, how often do you take them?

And lastly, today started a weight loss challenge for Sarah and I.  This time we are doing most percentage weight loss to win the challenge.  It will conclude at the end of October.  Thank you for doing another challenge with me Sarah and good luck!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New snack

I bought the new Lean Cuisine spinach artichoke dip with pita bread.  At first I was disappointed with how small it seemed.  However once I made it I was surprised.  It not only filled me up but it was actually GOOD!  The pita bread was very moist for being a frozen item and the dip was tasty.  Yum!



We spent pretty much all day at t friends house.  We basically sat on our butts and talked while our boys played.  We also ate and not the healthiest foods either.  When I got home I was tired but pushed through.  I had a salad with canned chicken on it and then the boys, Sadie and I headed out for a walk.  When I got outside I was inspired by my BFF, Sarah.  You see, she’s currently doing the C25K program to train for her upcoming Race for the Cure 5K in Omaha.  I couldn’t be more proud of her for doing this, for several reasons. 

I have looked at this training program several times and have been wanting to try it but just didn’t have the courage.  I figured what the heck and gave it a shot.  I wish I had one of those fancy phones that has an app for it, it would’ve made life much easier.  I used the stop watch on my phone and think I kept count accurately, in fact I think I did an extra run and walk.  It wasn’t too bad!  There were a couple times that I was looking at my stop watch wondering if I was close to being done with my 60 seconds.  But overall I enjoyed it.  I felt great when I got home, I even felt skinnier.  Does that ever happen to anyone else?  I’m hoping it reflects on the scale tomorrow. 


I did the C25K at the beginning of my walk and finished at about 1.5 miles.  I kept going and did a 2.29 mi walk.  I was going to post a picture after I finished by my MIL and BIL’s girlfriend stopped by so I didn’t get a chance to.  I was red and sweaty, I’m sure you can picture it.  Smile

The C25K program says to do it 3 days a week, giving you a day of rest between work outs.  That would mean that my next workout would be on Saturday.  I’m not sure what our plan are for that day yet.  If I am not able to get it in then I will likely start the C25K on Monday.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Got my groove on

I did it!  I went to my first Zumba class at the Y tonight.  I had planned on doing it with 2 other friends for a few days now.  We had a busy morning and Ryan didn’t take a very long nap.  I had tummy issues yesterday but I thought it was due to the coffee I had.  Well, today Ryan seemed to have the same thing, tummy issues not coffee.  His poor butt was bright red and almost to the point where it was bleeding.  I wasn’t sure what the cause was so I emailed my girlfriends and told them I was bailing.  I was kind of relieved because as soon as I sat down I was exhausted!  I dozed in and out as I tried to get Ryan to take another nap, didn’t happen. 

I caught my second wind and started feeling guilty for not going.  So I called my dad to see if he could come up north and watch the boys while I went.  I didn’t expect him to say yes but thankfully he did.  Ryan is a HUGE Papa fan so I felt good leaving him with him.  He was so excited to see Papa too!  Zack decided that he wanted to come with me and play in the child watch area which was fine. 

I met up with my girlfriends and we had a great time.  It was much different than the one I’ve been to with my mom.  I’m not so sure how I feel about the mirrors in the room.  I was not liking the fact that I could see my fat body doing (or not doing) the moves.  But it was fun!  And I was sweaty afterwards!


So I got a sports bra at wal-mart and I think it is also too big!  I got a 2X like my shirts because I thought the XL would be too small.  Well, the back of the sports bra goes up to my neck, you can see it in the pic above.  I like the bra so I think if I got an XL it might feel better.  Grr!

Ryan had a tough time while I was gone.  He pooped and my dad didn’t realize it at first until his uncontrollable crying (not him).  So when we got home I found this…


Poor baby!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

new week

Um, how did it get to be the 14th of August already?!!??! 

Since I’ve joined the Y I decided not to have a mileage goal this month.  I’m hoping to get some other workouts in and maybe that will jump start my weight loss?!

My food choices sucked today!  I didn’t get up until 8:30am (thanks for sleeping in Ryan!)  I went to get some coffee to try to get rid of a migraine and I also picked up a muffin top for breakfast.  My migraine stuck around for most of the day.  I thought about going to the Y to get my butt moving but then realized that the day care was only open until 6pm so that was out.  While sewing during Ryan’s nap around 3pm I realized I hadn’t had lunch yet.  I snacked on some peanut butter pretzel things.  I woke Ryan up around 5:30pm and we headed out for dinner (I need to go shopping).  I got Panda since I barely had had anything to eat.  We stopped at a park and ate our dinner and played. 

When we got home I had intentions of getting them in the shower and then to bed.  Then I caught a second wind and decided to put jammies on them and head out for a late walk.  I knew it was going to get dark so I took the dog with us.  It was probably about 74 degrees but I was warm!!!  I took the shorter route and decided to jog quite a bit of the walk.  I was proud of myself!  It wasn’t too overwhelming and actually felt good!


By the way I was sweating (and I’m not much a sweater) I thought for sure I burned more calories than this…blech.  But I guess some is better than none, right?!



SO…ladies I need your help!  I need a new sports bra.  Mine are from when I first had Ryan and nursing every 3 hours.  Needless to say, it’s a little big and offers no support.  What kind of bra do you have/use and like the best? 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekly weigh in

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 222.8
This Week: 222.8
Weekly Loss: 0
Total Loss: –14.2

I am happy (well,not really but you know what I mean) with my weigh in.  I’ve only had one walk in 2 weeks and still maintained.  My food intake hasn’t been spectacular but it hasn’t been bad either.  My water intake could probably use some work.  When I weigh in my scale shows me how many calories I need to consume in order to maintain my weight for my height and age.  According to the scale it says over 2000 calories, so in order to lose weight I’m supposed to consume less than that.  I know that I don’t eat over 2000 calories everyday so why am I not losing? 

I think I mentioned that our activity challenge has ended.  We are both eager to do another one but am at a loss as to what we should do.  Sarah suggested a few, Percentage lost?  Mileage?  A checkmark system for a different goal each week (like mine this week is to eat a salad a day, could be water intake, remembering our multivitamin, etc).  It could even change each week.  I want something that is attainable for the both of us, maybe the percentage lost?  Any other ideas?

I’m having a yard sale today and tomorrow.  I feel completely unprepared, oh wait I am!  So I better get to getting things out, priced and signs put out on the road, oh yah and get some change.  Told ya I was unprepared!

I was proud of my self yesterday and have to share.  I had a CRAPPY day!!!  I wanted to get a lot done for said yard sale, well it didn’t happen.  Ryan was crabby because he has 3 molars that have broken skin and are coming through so I can’t really blame him.  He was being a terror!  He would make messes left and right (nothing new) and extra cranky.  He used his brother as a teething toy all day.  He’d bite him and pinch him so Zack would scream and cry.  It was fun!  I felt like a referee all.day.long.  I put him down for an early nap and it backfired on me, he only slept maybe an hour which he normally does 3 hours.  I tried finishing the yard sale stuff while he cried himself back to sleep in his crib, again backfired.  My nerves were shot, I was crabby and taking it out on poor Zack.  My in laws were coming to pick him up (keep him for the weekend along with his cousins) and I knew it but they said they’d be to our house at 3pm and didn’t show up until 4pm.  I know I should be grateful that they even took him but I was already stressed then had Zack asking every 5 minutes if Grandma was here yet was starting to break my heart!  Finally they picked him up and he was happy as a clam (probably to get away from mean Mommy).  I was going to finish my to do list and a friend texted me to say I better come to the concert in the park to get out of the house, thanks Aja!  It sounded very inviting, maybe a change of scenery would do me some good.  I said I was going to just get a large blizzard and screw dinner after the day I had.  {Here’s the proud part…the previous stuff was just venting, sorry!}  Well, I headed out for the park and changed my mind on the way.  I decided I was going to do Panda Express instead.  As I got closer to Panda I changed my mind again.  I have been craving Chinese food but I didn’t want all that sodium the day before weigh in.  So I decided to stop by McDonalds that way I could feed both Ryan and I.  Normally I get the chicken sandwich but last night I ordered a SALAD with water.  This is huge for me!  I think it’s ridiculous to pay $5 for a salad so I usually go for the sandwich.  But I knew I had to face the scale today and wanted a blizzard on my way home so I opted for the healthier option.  I did eat the dressing but I looked up the WW points and the salad really isn’t that bad considering I didn’t eat much throughout the day.  Now, I did get a small blizzard on my way home because I craved the chocolate and a portion of the proceeds benefited CMN, the whole reason I even wanted one in the first place.  But I was proud of myself for having a salad at the park (while friends were eating pizza)…baby steps, right?!  Oh…and my friend who’s lost a lot of weight on Isagenix and looks freaking awesome, complimented me on my weight loss.  woot woot!

Ok, I’m going to do the yard sale stuff now!  Winking smile

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feels good

I hit the pavement tonight after not working out for 2 weeks.  TWO WEEKS!!!  I’ve been craving it since Jim left but didn’t have the time to until this evening.  I had good intentions of going last night but then my dad stopped by to be my handyman.  So our friends L and K joined us for a walk to Fred Meyer then back to their house to meet their new puppy, Rocky.  Who is SO cute! 

Normally when we walk Zack and K have to talk from stroller to stroller.  So we put Ryan in L’s stroller and the big kids shared ours.  They LOVED it!  They laughed, giggled, talked and screamed almost the entire walk.  Ryan, he cried most of the walk. :/  Not sure why either.  A snacked helped for part of it but otherwise he was not happy. 

It felt good to get out and walk!  It wasn’t a strenuous walk since we stopped at the store in the middle.  But it was a nice walk with friends and we got exercise at the same time.  And way to go L, she pushed both 4 year olds our whole 2.62 mi walk!

image image
(and seriously, how cute are they?!?!?!  Can we say arranged marriage?!)

Monday, August 8, 2011

We joined!

I did it, I joined the YMCA!  We checked out the daycare before joining and the boys loved it.  Zack is SO excited to be able to go swimming and do swim lessons.  honestly, I am a little nervous about going.  I had thought that I’d never had a gym membership (other than Curves) but I was wrong.  Shortly after we were married I joined a gym near my house with my friend L.  We did a good job of going for a while, Jim even went a few times, and then it fizzled.  I’m a little nervous that that’s what’s going to happen again this time.  The Y has a ton of classes along with water exercise which I’ve never done before.  So I’m anxious go to but again, nervous.  I get 2 sessions with a personal trainer with my membership so I’m going to take full advantage of that.  I don’t think I’ll get to go this weekend but hopefully next week!  Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Scary but exciting

Warning: scary pictures below! 


I wish I had taken pictures like these at the very beginning.  But I am glad I did it when I did.  The picture on the left was in June, 2 months into my journey.  The picture on the right was just yesterday.  It’s amazing what just 5 lbs does to a body.  I’m hoping another 5 lbs will get rid of those dang rolls that I HATE.  As scary as these pictures are it’s exciting to see a difference.  I have side and front view pictures but I’m not brave enough to reveal those yet.  Winking smile



curves comparison

Disregard the nastiness!  Yucky nursing bra!  I posted this an then debated on taking it off.  But I’m going to leave it as a motivation.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weekly weigh in (a day late)

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 222.2
This Week: 222.8
Weekly Loss: +.6
Total Loss: –14.2

phew! I really thought it was going to be worse since one day last week I saw 226.  I will take the .6lb  gain considering Jim was home and it was TOM, not too bad!  Now, I’m hoping for a bug loss next week.  (let’s hope!)

On another note, we are having a yard sale next weekend.  I’m tired of all the clutter and hoping to get rid of a bunch of baby stuff.  Jim and I talked about getting rid of my treadmill.  I really don’t want to part with it, just in case I want to use it.  He wants it out of the basement since he never sees me use it.  I promised him I’d use it this winter when I can’t walk outside, he doesn’t believe me.  I talked to him about joining the Y.  I explained how I really want to do Z.umba and the Y offers it with free childcare, unlike anywhere else I could find.  He asked why I haven’t joined and I tried to explain that I felt bad asking because it’s something for me and I hate spending money on myself like that.  Then I plead my case (not that I had to but I felt I should) and told him I could get a one adult membership since he’ll never use it and it would be much cheaper.  He told me to go ahead and join!  I might go join today.  Now, let’s hope that the boys like the daycare.  Smile

Friday, August 5, 2011

Month in review

The hubs left today.  Sad smile  I feel horrible for kind of being glad on one hand.  I’m anxious to get back into my routine!  I know he’d understand if he heard me say that.  I was so wrapped up in his departure that I forgot to weigh in so I’ll do it tomorrow.

While he was home I was able to get in actual exercise, one day…one stinking day!  I had high hopes of reaching my goal this month but am now wondering if I set it too high?  Saturday the 30th I was going to go for a late 2-3 mile walk/jog and just before I changed my clothes I started getting an upset tummy and was in the restroom all evening.  I was beyond irritated.  Then I was going to get up Sunday morning before the boys and finish the rest of my goal miles before we went boating.  But after spending all night in the restroom I opted not to go.  I pretty much gave up!  I sucked!  The hubs was being very supportive and encouraged me to go Saturday evening and then when I told him I wasn’t going Sunday morning he told me to not give up but I did.  We didn’t just sit on our butt the whole time he was home, in fact we were ALWAYS on the go but no focused exercise except for my one walk.  I felt like my eating habits were a bit better than last month but I sucked on the water intake, I mean big time!  Then not to mention, my TOM arrived early…again!  WTF?! 

July 2011image

Not a bad month!  On average I worked out 3 times a week.  I was SOO close to my activity goal of 45 miles for the month, just 5.42 short.  Even though I didn’t hit my goal I am still proud of myself.

Activity Challenge 2011image

Our activity challenge has ended.  I finished with a  total of 1458 minutes of work out time.  That’s over 24 hours!  Even when I was at my skinniest I don’t think I logged that much activity.  I love the way this has pushed me to get moving and even more so, I love that I had my BFF by my side (virtually, though I wish it were in person too).  Thank you Sarah for doing this with me!!