Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekly Weigh In...

....and some progress pictures. So, it's Monday and I haven't posted an actualy Weekly Weigh In in several weeks. *sigh*

Today's weight was 216.8. That is a 2 lb gain from my last official weigh in. For a total loss of 8.4 lbs.

I seem to keep losing and gaining the same two pounds. And now I know why. I set a goal to lose 10 lbs. I got my picture in my head, I said my affirmations. I was all set. And then I lost 10 lbs. My reality finally matched the picture in my head and my brain was happy.

Lou Tice taught me that my brain will stop when the goal is met; when reality matches the picture. In order to keep going, I must goal set through my initial goal. Breaking larger goals down into smaller, more comfortable goals is a fabulous habit, however, I must remember to sent new goals as I approach my current ones. Someone forgot to do that.....Hhhmmm....I wonder who that was? I became so focused on reaching that 10 lb milestone that I totally forgot. Next goal? 10 more lbs. 205 lbs.
Here I am in July 2010 (can't remember exact date and too lazy to look it up right now). At that time, 20 minutes on a recumbent bike was the best workout I could manage. Over three months later and here I am now:

Post workout this morning. I'm not sure there is much of a difference, as far as I can see. But I can feel a difference. This morning I spent two hours at the gym. I ran two miles on the treadmill, then went upstairs to a strength class and increased my weights this week for the first time since starting this class.
And here is my go to snack to keep with me while we're running errands.....

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's Raining....

I live in the Pac Northwest. It's raining. Shocking, I know. It's the end of October, I should not be surprised. The rain in our area of the country is beautiful. In fact, as I sit at the kitchen table typing this, I can see the sun breaking through the clouds turning each raindrop into it's own prism crystal. It's breath taking. I've spent most of the day curled up by the fire playing Wii with the little ones.
I haven't run in seven days and today would be a glorious day for a run in the rain. Here's the kicker ~ I don't own any running rain gear. I know right! You'd think I was new to this area, I'm not. I just haven't gotten off my tush to pick up any rain gear yet. So, for now I'll make myself another cup of tea and just watch the rain come down. Maybe tomorrow I'll go shopping....

Friday, October 22, 2010


In the last three weeks we celebrated one birthday, had out of town guests for five days, and I went out of town for four days. It's been a whirlwind to say the least. While visiting my hometown was amazing, I have to admit, I ate way too much of this:

don't try to understand it ~ unless you were born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area you just won't get it :)

But to be fair, I also did a good amount of this:
But then I also drank a whole lot of this:
I had fun drinking and eating (and running) my way through Northern Kentucky, but I was a bit afraid of the scale when I got home. Turns out my running paid off ~ my official weigh in since coming back home is : 215.4 lbs. Not too shabby and I'll gladly take it.
I've been back for several days now and I've hit the gym twice and I feel fantastic! I have so many great posts I want to share with you, but I'm having a hard time finding the time to sit down and write them. I'll get to them, I promise!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


On Thursday I'm gettin' on a jet plane (alone!!) and flying back to my hometown. I'm going back to watch my nephew play football. He's a senior in college and this is one of the last chances I'll get to see him play. (BTW, that cute football player at the top of the athletics page? It's him. I'm proud auntie, I am.)
So, I'll be gone for four days without my kiddos and my husband. I'll be surrounded by some of the awesomest hometown food ~ the stuff I grew up on. The stuff I have every intention of stuffing in my pie hole. The stuff I can't get out here on the West Coast.
Yes, I plan to indulge a bit while I'm back east, but I have no intention of stopping my workouts. My mom is a member of a gym and I've already made arrangements to get a two day guest pass, I was planning to run a 5K while there but the times aren't working out so instead a friend of mine from highschool and I are going to run our own unofficial 5K ~ just the two of us. I may have another running date set up and my mom and I love to go for long walks together.
Travelling used to send me into a tizzy. So much guilt about all of the food I'd eat, and how tight my pants would be when we returned. This time there will be no guilt. I'll eat what I want, I'll workout like I do here and I'll come home happy and relaxed and ready to take on the world (dramatic much?)

It's Chili Time!

I love autumn. It's one of my favorite seasons for a whole list of reasons, but one of the top reasons is CHILI!! I love all kinds of chili: vegetarian chili, Tex Mex chili, Cincinnati Style Chili (Mmmm, going there next week!!), white chili, chicken name it and if it has "chili" in the name, I'll probably love it.
Because of my husband's crazy schedule, I like to have lots of quick and easy "meals for one" in the freezer. What food is better freezer food than chili?! This time of year I usually make up several different kinds and freeze them in individual portions to enjoy throughout the colder months. This weekend I kicked off my chili fest with this simple, delicious and nutritious show stopper:
Mexican Two Bean Chili:
Per Livestrong's calorie counter 1 cup = 144 calores

1 med zucchini - chopped
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed
1 15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed
1 8.75 oz can corn, drained
1 16 oz jar salsa
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
3 c cubed or shredded chicken
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin

Combine all ingedients and freeze. Thaw completely, place in large soup pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
*You can skip the freeze step, if you'd like and just go ahead and simmer away. You can also freeze the leftovers.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What gets you motivated?

Do you have a mantra? I certain routine before each workout? A specific song that really gets you moving? When I first started the C25K program I have to admit, some of those runs were a little tough. It was weird. Everytime I wanted to give up or everytime I thought about walking, one particular song would come on my iphone. Each and every time. It started to creep me out. I even mentioned it to my husband. More than once.

I haven't heard that song in quite a long time. In fact, I even went digging through my playlist to make sure my husband hadn't deleted it (he didn't). I usually have my iphone on "shuffle" and I could always count on hearing this song at least once per run. It's really weird that it hasn't come up for the last few weeks. Hhhmm. I guess I haven't needed it?

Well, even though I'm not feeling like giving up right now, in fact I'm more motivated than ever, but I miss this song. So I thought I'd play it for you. What gets keeps you moving?

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Cross to Bear.....

**my apologies for the sacrilegious picture, it just seemed so fitting**
So, Monday nights at our house are a little hectic. The boys have aikido from 4:30-5:30 and then Chess Club from 6:30-8:00. There is not enough time to go home and eat dinner and make it to Chess Club on time. In the past I've packed dinner in the cooler and we eat in the mall food court (which is where Chess Club is held). Tonight wasn't one of those nights. Chess Club has only been back up and running for three weeks and well, I just don't have my "school year" act together quite yet. Our mall food court sucks and there isn't anything there my children will eat. I've been reduced to the golden arches drive thru for two weeks in a row now. Bleh... Tonight I swore I was not going to order anything for myself. I was going to wait until we got to the mall and get a Subway Sandwich. To be perfectly honest, the calorie counts are not that much different and I knew I'd feel like shit after each option, but it was the best I had available. I had plenty of calories to use because I did an hour long step class this morning followed by some time on the treadmill. I was hungry. Too hungry and I caved. I cannot say no to McD's for some reason. I can drive past it every single day and be fine, but if I'm there I simply can't walk away from the food. I do not blame McD's as so many people today like to do. It's my choice and it's my cross to bear. I simply need to change the picture in my mind and realize that yes, I can walk away. I can say no.
But for now, I am going to bed because I have a stomach ache. Bleh....
P.S. Even with that disgusting dinner, I still have over 500 calories left in my "bank" for tonight. I just feel like shit, that's all.

Am I really the only one???

I posted this question on Facebook and was led to believe I'm a freak. I can't be the only one, right?
Like every other morning in my life, I started the day off by cruising around blogland. Since it's a Monday there are lots of race reports from the weekend. My question is this ~ am I the only one that sometimes get choked up when reading the race reports? The inspiration, the excitement, the pride....sometimes it all gets to me. I will not apologize!! :)

Weekly Weigh In

Well Happy Monday everyone! Things have been awfully quiet around here and I have to admit, I let the bloggy break transfer into a break from working out, eating well and making good healthy choices. It wasn't too bad, but ever since we went camping in Aug I seemed to have a hard time getting back onto the calorie counting wagon.

Well, I'm BACK! I'm a regular at the gym again and I'm logging everything into Livestrong and well, it's paying off ~ to say the least!

Are you ready for this? This morning's weight was 214.8. WooHoo! That's a 2.2 lb loss over my last official weigh in. That brings me to a total loss of 10.4 lbs. I FINALLY hit the 10 lb mark. WooHoo!!

Oh yea, I'm back. I'm so very back!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Freedom 5K Recap

On Saturday, Sept 25, my husband and I ran a 5K race. My first "official" 5K. I completed two 5K's last year, but I'm not counting them. I did very little training for them, even less running during them and I landed my ass in physical therapy because of them. I called a do over. So, this year I trained, I stressed, and then I trained some more. Then I ran a 5K!

My mother and my inlaws took the boys to breakfast and then my husband and me at the starting line to watch the race. Here I am pre race. Don't let the sun fool you. We do live in the northwest, afterall. It was a chilly morning!

Hubby and I. He is truly my best friend and we do pretty much everything together ~ except run! I would love to run with him, but my man is a solo runner. It's nothing personal, he just can't stand to run "with" people. He offered to slow his pace and run the race with me, but I knew he'd be miserable so I told him from the get go that I look forward to doing lots of races with him, but I'll never ask him to run them "with" me. That's when he told me his goal was to beat me by 20 minutes. I love that man. No really, I do.
Ok, about the race. It was HILLY!! Holy Hell!! I knew there would be a fair amout of hills simply because of the area we were in, but Jeez La-weez!! The first mile was essentially straight up hill. I walked most of it. Once we crested that first hill I was good to go (or so I thought). I picked up the pace a bit and my legs felt great. Oh wait...another hill. That's ok, I was up for a scheduled walk break anyway. Another hill down, time to run. About eight mintues later another hill ~ holy crap! Walk break time. Ok, now it looks like we're going to have some regular old flat terrain. Praise henry, baby! I settled into a comfortable pace (read: slow) and was ready to cruise along. What is that? I whole gaggle of runners just standing there? There were no aid station on this race, so what the hell is going on? I reached the back up and it turns out the traffic marshallers were afraid to stop traffic. Wha?!? She said "well, we tried to stop the cars earlier, but they wouldn't stop, so we're making the runners stop until all of the cars go by." Another woman and I looked at each other and said "Screw this" and we ran out into the street. Guess what ~ the cars STOPPED! I know, right? Ya know what else happened? I ended up in front of that whole big pack of runners ~ SCORE! HA!
The rest of the race was fairly uneventful. A few ups and downs with the hills, but they managed to all fit nicely into my walk/run schedule.

The husband did finish quite a bit before me, but it wasn't 20 minutes! Here I am coming down the final stretch. The man by the bushes in the black is my Father in Law. The boy in the stripped shirt and jeans is boy #1, the blond in the black holding the back pack is my mom, the boy in the navy t shirt and jeans is boy #2 and that green arm near the bottom left corner of the picture is my Mother in Law. Hubby is behind the camera. I had my own little cheering section : )
There was one woman who pretty much power walked the whole race with a few short jogging jaunts. She was just a little behind me the whole race, but on one last killer uphill she did manage to pass me. She was literally only a few steps in front of me and I knew I would be able to pass her before the final downhill, then we turned the corner and saw my family. They started jumping up and down and cheering and it was awesome, but they also managed to super charge power walking woman and she took off!! Wham, she was suddenly about 15 yards ahead of me and we only had a tiny bit of the race left!!

Here I am right after the rockets lit under power walker woman. I never did catch her. She ended up finishing literally three steps in front of me. Ggrrr.....

Here I am at an all out sprint trying to catch up with that woman. Bummer. Oh well, at least I finished strong, right?

With my boys. I had made a joke the night before that my only goal was to not be last. Boy #2 ran right up to me and said "Mommy, Mommy, you weren't last!!!! Yay!!!" Love that kid.
My unofficial time (because they didn't post results and I had to go by my watch) was 41:37. The course was just shy of a full 5K ~ approx 3.069 miles. I was hoping for under 45 mins and I'm ecstatic with my performance!
I'm running another 5K on Oct 16 while I'm back in KY visiting family. The first mile is flat and the last two are all down hill. THAT's my kind of race!! LOL!

Catching Up....

Phew... I didn't mean to abandon you! It's been quite a whirlwind around here and I have a lot of catching up to do. I owe you a race recap, some scale numbers and some new fitness class reviews...

Ok, we'll start with the numbers. I posted that after my mom left I wasn't going to weigh myself because I didn't even want to know. Well, you know me better than that, right? Yea, that resolve didn't last long. I stepped on the scale the next morning and WOW. I don't remember the exact number, but it wasn't pretty. I knew I couldn't have put on that much body fat in just a few days, and after a few days of eating well again the numbers settled out as I knew they would. So, I'm going with 216.0 as my official weight as of Friday, Oct 1. I really really really wanted to hit 10 lbs lost by tomorrow's weigh in, but I knew it would be tough. I attended my very first yoga class on Friday (more on that later) and I got the boys up early to hit the gym Saturday morning. Sundays are my rest day and as long I don't go around and eat everything in sight today I'm pretty sure I'm going to reach that goal. (how do I know? Because I stepped on the scale this morning, a day early, duh!!)

So, for the first time in several weeks, I'm actually REALLY excited about tomorrow's weigh in. Stay tuned!