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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Monday, January 30, 2012

Virtual Run

Mark your calendars ladies and gents!  I saw a few friends post this on facebook today and had to participate.  What an awful thing to have happen, I can’t even imagine!  The reality of it is that it could happen to any one of us at any time.  I think about this all the time when I am out and especially with my boys.  So please join me on February 11, 2012 in the Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold.

Read more about it HERE.


Paying for it

Yesterday I got a 2 mile jog in on the treadmill.  It actually went by really fast and wasn’t hard at all.  I ended up watching tips on walking and running on the treadmill on YouTube and I think it really helped me. 

Then last night my girlfriend, Kim picked me up for a Mom’s night at a local bar.  There were six of us friends and we all had such a good time.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.  I struggled with the dinner menu a bit and ended up getting the fish tacos.  They were pretty big and the fist was fried so I have no idea how many calories to account for the two…so I’m not going to.  I also had several glasses of beer.  I started off good and did Coors Light and then switched to Blue Moon. 

I had quite the hangover this morning, which I didn’t think I was going to.  Then came the migraine!  I didn’t get a workout in today because I opted to try to sleep off the migraine while Ryan napped.  (It’s on it’s way out)

My Z.umba schedule has changed.  They’re back to one class on Tues and Thur now that their big room is complete.  Before I would do the 6pm class and my niece would watch the boys then she’d do the 7pm class.  It worked out perfectly.  However, now that there is only one class my niece will do the Tues class and I’ll do the Thur class (my bro wants her to have the exercise).  I’m kinda bummed but can’t complain too much for free childcare, right?!  Unless maybe I could talk my Dad into watching them on Tues nights at their house?!  (Hmmmm…now that’s an idea!)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Constant struggle

Yesterday was not a good day.  :/  I didn’t feel like getting on the treadmill like I should’ve.  I was lazy!  I did good on my calorie intake through lunch.  I had made the crockpot chicken tacos on Friday when a friend and her boy came over.  So for lunch yesterday I made a salad with the leftover chicken, it was delicious!

We didn’t leave the house and I was starting to get stir crazy during R’s nap.  My fav coffee stand was having $1 coffees so I decided to head over and get one.  I did ok and got a drink with NF milk.  Then Zack begged to have McDonald’s which is right next door.  At first I wasn’t going to get anything because I could’ve ate at home.  Then I decided to get a salad.  I then changed my mind, I hate getting salads at fast food places because they cost a fortune.  So I went the cheap route and ended up using my free Big Mac coupon with a heft cost…540 calories!!  I couldn’t resist the fries so I had some of those too.  Ugh!

I didn’t have a calorie deficit yesterday, the first day in 17 days!  I hated it!

Tonight I’m going out with some girlfriends for dinner and drinks.  I’m going to be careful what I eat for lunch and keep the calories low.  Then during R’s nap I’ll hop on the treadmill, no excuses!  So hopefully I’ll save up some calories for food and beer.  I’ve never been to this place before so I’m not sure what they have to eat.  Wish me luck!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekly Weigh In

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 222.4
This Week: 222.2
Weekly Loss: –.2
Total Loss: –14.8
Really?!  I’m thankful for the loss but honestly think I deserve more than that!!  Here are my deficits for the week:
Fri (-671)
Sat (-481) guessed
Sun (-683)
Mon (-1380)
Tues (-693)
Wed (-1033)
Thur (-1191)
If I did all of my math correctly then that should be an average calorie deficit of 876.  Then that should mean that I should’ve lost a little over 1.25 lbs.
Here are my feelings.  I am/was extremely proud of myself for sticking to the journaling but now I’m getting discouraged.  What is the point if it’s not working?  Maybe I should stop working out and just focus on my eating?  But then I feel lazy and have nothing to do for myself.  I like to work out.  I’m having a hard time estimating the calories if I make a new dish.  Two nights last week I guessed but I’m hoping they weren’t too far off.
I’m not sure what else to do.  I will probably keep on keeping on the track I am for at least another week and then reevaluate.  Gah!!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Remember the post about entering into a giveaway?!  Well guess what?  I won!  I never win these things.  Not only did I win but so did my BFF, Sarah!!  I received my winnings today in the mail and was so excited.  I immediately opened it and tried out the grape flavor.  I love the amount of carbonation and it’s only 10 calories.  I’m not a huge fan of diet drinks/sodas because I hate how you can taste the artificial sweetener in it but this one isn’t that bad.  Thank you, Miss S!


Monday, January 23, 2012

New favorite recipe

I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it tonight with my Zaycon chicken.  It cooked in the slow cooker all day and by dinner time I was drooling thinking about it!  Oh.my.goodness…it was AWESOME!!!!  Instead of using tortillas though, I made them as lettuce wraps.  My mouth is watering just typing this!  It is now my new favorite recipe!  Thank you, Pinterest!


Holy shin splints

I have horrible shin splints!!!  I looked at my (new) shoes and definitely see why I have them.  OUCH!!!  Looks like I am in need of another pair of running shoes.  I guess it was seven months ago (and many many miles) that I got them but it seems like just yesterday.  Anyone have a suggestion for some good reasonably priced tennis shoes?

How often do you get new shoes?


Saturday, January 21, 2012

I {heart} Z.umba

Our local paper did an article on Z.umba classes in churches.  So at our class on Tuesday a photographer came to take some pictures.  I’m so glad I chose to wear YELLOW to stick out like a sore thumb!!!  Smile



Frostbite 5k

One of my besties, Lyndsey and I did the Frostbite 5k this morning.  I woke up thinking, “I do not want to jog today!”  We got some freezing rain last night and the roads were icky.  Lyndsey picked me up and off we went.

I wore some new running pants that I got and I immediately regretted it.  They were WAY too long and I had to hold them up for most of the race….note to self!


We started off with a  jog for half a mile.  We walked, then jogged a bit, walked more and then finished the last half mile.  The roads were plowed but full of slush and puddles of water.  My said pants were dragging and soaking it all up.  My shoes were soaked ant I practically splashed with each step IN my shoe. 

(I hate this picture, my legs look huge!  The race itself didn’t take pictures but I found these here.)

We finished in 49 minutes, not my best pace but that’s ok.  Despite the cold wet weather we still had a good time!!!  And we burned 600 calories!image

And the shirt…


Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekly Weigh In

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 224 (two weeks ago)
This Week: 222.4
Weekly Loss: –1.6
Total Loss: –14.6

Well, I reached my goal weight loss for the week!  But honestly I was hoping for more.  My average calorie deficit for the week was 900 which should be closer to a 2 lb weight loss.  I will take the 1.6 lb loss and move on.  I’m back to where I was before the latest gain so hopefully I can only go down from here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On track

I was on track for the past eight days and am pretty proud of myself.  I’m going to be really disappointed if I don’t have a 1.25 lb loss or more!!!!

It snowed all day long today!  I got my hair cut and then while Ryan was taking a nap I headed outside with Jim and Zack.  To get some activity in we decided to do this.


I wanted to go to Zumba but the roads were horrible.  So I opted to stay home.  See?


Jim entertained the boys while I got 40 min in on the treadmill.  Have I mentioned how much I can’t wait to be able to run outside again??

Winter workout

We got the snow storm that they were predicting.  While Ryan was napping, Zack and I went out to play in it.  To get a little workout in, I decided to try running (in boots) while pulling him in the sled.

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In about a half hour it burned about 169 calories!  I wasn’t running the whole time, just off and on, up and down our street.  Thanks for the workout, Zack Attack!

I didn’t make it to Z.umba because the roads were nasty!  So instead I hopped on the treadmill while Jim entertained the boys in the garage.  I got in 2 miles and did a few crunches that we do in a Z.umba song.  I worked at it until I burned 400+ calories. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I burned over 3000 calories today and didn’t even get the run in that I wanted to do.  I went shopping in the morning, cut up 40 lbs of chicken in the afternoon and then we went to the mall after dinner.  Feeling good!!

Zebras and Chicken?!

Today I received my two new covers for my bodybugg.  I immediately tried on the Zebra print one.  Love it!  What I don’t love is wearing short sleeved shirts with it so everyone can see my fat arms bulging from it.  ick!  (This picture makes it look good.)


Yesterday I picked up the Zaycon chicken that I bought.  While Ryan was napping I got to work.  I cut all of the fat off, cut the breasts in half, packaged them in bags, sealed them, weighed each one and put them in the freezer.  I ended up borrowing my friend’s Food Saver and LOVED it (my SIL got rid of hers)!  I’m thinking of getting one for myself.  It took me about 2 hours to do it all, Ryan’s whole nap time but I burned about 500 calories doing it!


I’m looking forward to trying the chicken out now!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I just got home from 2 hours of Zumba since the hubby is home.  My legs were already sore from yesterday, walking backwards on the treadmill (I think).  So I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to walk tomorrow.  On the plus side, I burned 963 calories!!!! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Just a few things

I ordered some chicken from Zaycon.Foods.  It’s 40 lbs of chicken breasts.  We don’t have a deep freeze so my mom and I are going to share it.  I pick it up tomorrow and am kind of excited to try it.  I’ve heard it’s great chicken!  I’m not looking forward to cutting it and packaging it but I hear it’s worth it.  My SIL is giving me their mom’s Food Saver and I bought the bags at Costco this morning.  Kinda excited to try that out…I’m weird, I know.

While I was at Costco I also saw they had a food scale for pretty cheap.  The past few days have been kind of hard figuring out the calories for lunch meat and other things because it’s measured in ounces or grams.  So now I don’t have to guess!!!  Smile  I also realized that I was only eating 9 almonds because I thought that was the serving size.  Nope, I was wrong. 1 oz was the serving size and there were 9 servings in the container.  Oops!!  So now with my handy dandy scale I know exactly how many almonds I can have.  So exciting!!!!


The boys and I went to lunch at a local pizza place with my MIL, SIL and her two boys.  I was darn proud of myself.  I only had one slice of pizza and one cheese breadstick.  The pizza place is only on the west coast and doesn’t have their nutritional info online so I looked at other pizza online and used that as a guide.

I have registered for a 5k on Saturday and want to be able to jog most of it, if not all of it…we’ll see.  We’re supposed to get a snow storm starting tomorrow so it’ll be another 5k in the snow.  Fun!  Winking smile 


I got on the treadmill during naptime today.  My muscles were still kind of sore from Saturday’s Ripping session (if you can call it that).  I want to get back in the habit of running M, W, F plus Zumba on T and Thu. I did 2 miles of wogging (walking and jogging) on the treadmill.  I started out good, jogging the first 10 min but then gave in and power walked.  The last 1/4 mile was done walking backwards (at a slower pace).  Have you all tried that?  It’s difficult and a great workout!  I think I might try to do it for longer next time.  My calories burned are off on my treadmill…see?  I did a total of 38:18 min and feel great!


Happy Monday everyone!


I’ve done awesome at journaling for the past 4 days and it feels great. 

On Thursday and Friday I followed the WW Points but realized that that’s no long for me.  With using the bodybugg it’s much easier to count calories.  So Saturday and Sunday I just focused on calories and it was less intimidating and time consuming.

Thur – 1747 (I went over my points but way under on calories)
Fri – 1153
Sat – 843
Sun – 571

So I decided to make my short term goal “offical” by posting it here.  Hopefully it will hold me accountable.  Ideally I’d love to lose 2 lbs a week but that would mean a calorie intake of 1700 calories and I’m not sure that I’m ready for that yet.  I think I’d just be setting myself up for failure.  I am hoping for a 1.5 lb/week weight loss but am playing it safe and sticking with 1.25 lbs/week to lose these next 10 lbs.  If I stick to it then I should reach my next goal on or around March 12 which is 8 weeks away.  Let’s hope I can do this!!


I found a new blog that I really like.  The gal has lost over 100 lbs, a true inspiration.  She posted on there how many calories she ate for the day and for each meal.  I jotted one down (thankfully) as a guide and will try to follow it and see if it works:
2050 calories per day

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ripping it

My mom stayed at our house this weekend since my dad was out of town racing.  We love our Grandma weekends!!!  Last night after dinner Zack asked if he could work out, with my weights and mat.  I first told him no and then after him begging I decided we could do it.  We turned on the Ripped in 30 video and Mom and I did it in the living room…with two small children, lots of toys and one dog who kept getting in our faces!  It was interesting to say the least.  But we did most of it, having to stop here and there and with a few interruptions (aka children on our backs or stomachs).  According to my bodybugg I burned 141 calories in those 20 min, not too bad!



Scale wars

I stepped on the scale and saw 223.2 this morning.  It’s not much but it feels good to see it going down.  I’m hoping for a big loss on Friday.  I did great at tracking yesterday and the day before.  I can do this!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

check it out

A blog I follow is having a giveaway for Zipfizz.  I’ve never had it and after reading her review, I want to check it out.  Swing by and enter into her giveaway!




I got to hit the pavement today!  While Ryan was sleeping and Zack was playing a game with Grandma I headed out for a jog.  It felt good to get outside again.  Although it was pretty dang cold and about 2 blocks from home a few snowflakes started falling. 


I started out strong but only lasted 6.5 minutes before I had to walk up a small hill.  My next jog was for only 3.5 min but then after a 1.5 min walk I was able to jog the rest of the way.  It felt great!!!  I sure wish Spring was closer than it is.



Cal burned was according to my bodybugg

Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly Weigh In

Starting Weight: 237
Last Week: 222.4
This Week: 224
Weekly Loss: +1.6
Total Loss: –13

This is down from last week which is good but I still hate that big of a gain.  I don’t understand it either.  I have ate better since the hubby left and have been working out.  Like I said in previous post, I’m hoping the journaling will help the numbers go down.  I did make it to the store after Zumba for some healthier foods and have to go back again today. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012


I’m back on it.  The last time I did it for longer than a few days was in September and I only lasted 2 weeks.  I’m determined to do it this time.  I’ll use my diet minder journal during the day and then input it into my bodybugg program at night.  Even though I went over my points today, I’m hoping this will steer me in the right direction. 



The bodybugg straps are half off right now so I ordered two new ones, pink and Zebra print.  I can’t wait to get them!!!

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Maybe this will be my good luck and get the ball rolling in the right direction?  This week is shark week so I’m hoping that was the reason for the gain on Friday?!  I stepped on the scale this morning and it wasn’t any better.  Gah!!  I stopped using the Isagenix products a while ago and I’m thinking of using them again for breakfast, at least.  I don’t know.  Why does this have to be so darned difficult?!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ripped in 30?


I bought this workout video the other day when it was on sale.  I have heard great things about it so I decided to give it a try.  I like that the workouts are only 26 min and combine cardio, strength and abs.  My hope is to alternate it with the 30 Day Shred.  We’ll see how well that goes.  We haven’t had much snow here in the PNW but I’m assuming it’s coming.  So if I can’t make it to Zumba then I’ll do these at home. 

I did it for the first time today.  I liked it!  There were only a few times that I had to stop when she kept going.  The abs seem the hardest but that’s clearly where I need the most work!  I can already feel it in my legs.  Now let’s just hope it’s not like the Shred where I was sore for days!  Smile


I weighed in yesterday but had a 2 lb gain!  WTH?!  SO I’m skipping this week’s weigh in and not counting it.  I worked out 3 days this week so it doesn’t seem fair.  I’m starting to get really frustrated.  I haven’t drank much water the last two days, maybe that’s part of it?  So today is a new day and I’m going to drink the crap out of my water!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I have tons to do around here all of which includes sewing gifts for upcoming babies, cleaning my messy house and taking down Christmas d├ęcor.  However, I opted to go for a run while Ryan was napping.  Or so I thought.  I got my gear on, plugged in the treadmill and hopped on.  I did my 5 min warm up walk and then after that was done I increased my speed for my jog.  I lasted FIVE minutes.  That’s it!  I was at a road block and couldn’t jog anymore.  I didn’t have my laptop in front of me, just the wall.  So I’m not sure if that’s why I couldn’t keep going or the thought of all the sewing that needs to be done beside me.  So I slowed it back down and did a power walk with hand weights.  Lame.  I still burned 300 calories but I was looking forward to a nice jog.  Maybe I should restart the C25K?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Done…for now

I cancelled our membership with the Y.  I hated to pay for it anymore if we weren’t going to use it.  We can continue to use it until the end of the month so I might take the boys swimming.

I went to Zumba tonight after dropping my hubby off at the airport.  Again, I was kind of glad to see him go.  I’ve been good with getting Zumba in while he was home but my eating SUCKED!  I have zero self control and we’re hardly home when he’s here.  New Year’s Day we went out for breakfast and then ended eating out for dinner too.  It probably wouldn’t have been bad if I ordered a salad or something but NO, the mushroom burger was calling my name!  Ugh.

Zumba was rough tonight.  I forgot my bodybugg so I don’t know how many calories I burned but I’m assuming it was around 500.  I didn’t push it hard because it was smoldering hot in there!!!  I kept trying to move to the right so I could get the full fan on me.  OMG was it HOT!