Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2 Weeks Flew By....

I have a lot going on right now. If I am not working, I am home cleaning/doing nothing/sleeping. Even with how crazy the holidays were, I still had time to get in a lot of workouts, but made the choice NOT TO! I am a big loser!

I have been thinking a lot and I would like to become a little less Anonymous. I don't feel this blog reflects who I truly am. It only reflects who I am as far as fitness goes. My posts don't flow the way I want them to. They don't reflect my outgoing, goofy, fun personality. I was reading some old posts and thought blah blah blaaaa I can improve this blog in so many ways. I seem kind of boring...and well, that is lame!

I also have a ton of ideas that I would really like to share. Plus, I have had many people ask me(or even my family) how I lost weight or even saying I am an inspiration to them(which just about makes me cry everytime someone says it). So, I want a place that they can come to see just what I am doing and maybe showing them through my blog that they can do it to.

So, with the new year, I will have a new blog!

Until then, here are some little known facts about me:
* I am 25 years old.
* I have naturally curly hair(hair how-tos to come).
* I am working on grasping fashion.
* Love and I have been together for 3.5 years now.
* I am a nail biter and trying to kick the habit.
* I have only been in 6 states(Hawaii, Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho.)
* In Junior High I was in the school newspaper as a Keri Russell(star of Felicity the TV Show) look a like.
* FRIENDS will always be my favorite TV Show.
* My part time job is selling clip in extensions.
* I played tennis for 3 years and we took the championship 3 years in a row.
* I have danced essentially my whole life. My style now is more just my own.
* I am a reformed "bad/party girl". Thanks mostly to Love.
* My mom was 15 when she had my brother, my dad was 19.
* My siblings are 30 and 21. There are still NO GRANDKIDS!
* I am only 4'11'' tall.

That is enough for now!

Next time I see you will HOPEFULLY be me announcing my new blog to you :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Plan and The Actual

The Plan:
Breakfast-Oatmeal with pumpkin and 1/2 a banana. 
Snack-Other 1/2 of banana
Lunch-Salad with leftover pasta and a jello cup
Snack-Grapes and a Cheese Stick
Dinner-Chicken burritos(My Favorite Homemade Meal :) with a salad
Desert-Pumpkin Chocolate Chips

Breakfast-Oatmeal with pumpkin and 1/2 a banana
Lunch-Salad, Leftover Pasta, Jello, and a Cheese Stick
Snack-2 Clementines
Snack Again-2 Pumpkin Cookies and 1 Thumbprint cookie
Dinner-2 Chicken Burritos

So, my eating on Monday was a little out of whack. I am not happy about it per se, but it is a choice. So, I will do better today and control myself around the cookies(love love love them!!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I have a new running buddy....

This is Lenny. He is an almost 3 year old border collie/blue heeler mix. I don't take him for walks hardly ever. Seeing as to how I am going to start running between 5:30 and 6:00AM, I will feel safer with him by my side. 
Obviously, my goal of food blogging fell through this week. Let's try it again. I do have pictures, but I can't remember what order they go in and what meals/snacks I missed. 

So, tomorrow's planned menu is:
Breakfast-Oatmeal with pumpkin and 1/2 a banana. 
Snack-Other 1/2 of banana
Lunch-Salad with leftover pasta and a jello cup
Snack-Grapes and a Cheese Stick
Dinner-Chicken burritos(My Favorite Homemade Meal :) with a salad
Desert-Pumpkin Chocolate Chips(Homemade and I will post about that for sure!)

How has your weekend been?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The best part of getting lost....

...is finding your way again!

It is obvious I have been struggling lately. I can't make excuses because I haven't made the time to focus on my running or exercise. I do have time to do it, I just don't MAKE time!

I feel lost, like I am not doing my best in my running. The truth behind it is, I was getting so discouraged because I slacked off on the running and when I tried to get back into it, I wasn't running nearly as fast as when I was doing it like I was running to save my life! It was discouraging. I was turning on the treadmill and wanting to run at 6.0 speed, but my ability was more of a 5.5-5.7. I am still trying to get over that. It is so hard to acknowledge that I let myself slip from being in the middle stages of fitness. I was just starting to get really toned and loving my body to only give it up.

However, after some reflection on the exercise front, I am rejuvenated! I am so ready to drop some more weight and get to my goal of 109. Kelly Osbourne(on the cover of Shape) weighs 112 pounds and I would LOVE to look like that! So, beginning tomorrow, I will be hitting the gym, meeting with Jillian, and running outside(the treadmill thing fell through)!

Also, this week I have challenged myself to food blog every single day from Monday's breakfast through Sunday's dinner!

Here's to a GREAT week! Cheers!

Fantastic Breakfast Idea!

So, I have been eating the same thing essentially every morning since Monday. The recipe is easy:

Whatever veggies you want to eat, for me...

This batch is
Red Pepper
Orange Pepper

5 egg whites
4 full eggs

1. Saute up veggies of your choice
2. Beat the eggs
3. Add sauteed veggies to beaten eggs
4. Grease a pan(in my case, I lay tinfoil down and spray Pam in it)
5. Throw in the oven at 350
6. Set timer for 15 minutes
and Voila!

A delicious, clean and healthy breakfast! I heat up a square of it and toast up a sandwich thin. It holds me over from about 8:30AM to 1:30 or 2PM. I always bring a snack "just in case" and have only needed it once.

Just throwing ideas out for my favorite bloggy's!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oooo Ooooo Look At Me!

I am posting. Holy moly! I have missed you guys and keeping you all up to date on my life. I have tons going on right now, so let's play a little game of catch up!

  • With my parent's divorce still going on the holidays are much different. Now, instead of mom and dad's on thanksgiving day and grandma's house the following Saturday. It would be dad's house on Thanksgiving, mom's house on Thanksgiving AND grandma's house the Saturday after. This year, we said you know...we aren't going to do that. So, we cooked at home. Just  Babe and I! It was sooo nice. We never do the holiday season by ourselves and I loved having dinner just the 2 of us. We did also go to my Grandma's house for a little while on Saturday. 
  • I am currently working 2 jobs(well have been for a year). Which is about 14-18 hours a week more than just the 40. So, by the time I get home, I am EXHAUSTED!
  • Babe and I do our own Christmas shopping. He is so picky that just about everything I have ever bought for him, he has returned. So now, he just buys his own and I buy my own. So, our Christmas shopping is almost done...minus ONE MORE BIG EXCITING GIFT TO FIND. More on that later in this post.
  • I have recently reconnected with a friend from high school and have been hanging out with her and her family quite often and it's been great.
  • My friend Jenn planned/hosted a party for our friend Ashley and oh my word...was it fun!! My girlfriends really make my life better! They are so goofy and we have fun talking about every subject! 
  • We have SO MUCH SNOW here in SLC! The blizzard we were suppose to get was all talk no action, but that is fine by me.
 So, I have to admit. I have NOT been weighing or paying too much attention to what I am eating/drinking and that has got to stop. I feel so terrible. I don't really care what the number on the scale says. It doesn't make me feel nearly as bad as my body is feeling about the way I have been treating it. Not enough fruits/veggies. Plenty of alcohol, sweets, carbs and no exercise. BOO!

I am on a mission. I have some goals in mind and I am bound and determined to get to where I want to be.

I promise myself that I will....

...re-incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet!
...cut out unnecessary carbs from my diet!
...NOT drink a beer(or 2) every night!
...get back on the running bandwagon!
...get some new workout DVDs(Hi Jillian Michael 6 pack ab challenge)!
...get to goal in 2011!

I really wanted to hit my goal in 2010, but I haven't given it my all! No excuses, I just haven't made the time to eat right and exercise. So, I am obviously not going to reap the rewards. However, I want the rewards and will do anything to get them!

The first step is to eat better. I haven't gone overboard, but I have let a few things "slide". I haven't eaten enough fruits/veggies and my body can tell a difference. I am already on top of this one. So, I just have to keep working to tighten it up some more.

The second step is to get back to running! I miss running so much. Sometimes I feel like a part of me is missing and I know it is the daily runs that are lacking! Which brings me to my EXCITING CHRISTMAS GIFT! I am getting a treadmill! Woohoo!! Love and I are going to start shopping tonight. I am probably going to buy one used, but that is fine by me. It just has to last me a couple of years. My ultimate goal is to have a spin bike, eliptical, rowing machine and treadmill. For now though, the treadmill will barely fit in my house and I am okay with that :)

I am very out of shape right now, but I do plan on fulfilling my 11 half marathons and 1 full in 2011. Even if I have to walk all of January's. I am looking forward to the SLC half this year though. I did it in exactly 2:16:00 last year and this coming year, I would just like to beat that time by 1 second or 20 minutes, I don't care!!

I am ready to push myself to the limits!!

I have been reading blogs still, but have had no time to comment! Thanks for all of the love and support you have offered me :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


No wonder nobody reads this here blog....I only post 1 time a week. Lame!

Don't think I have stopped fighting the good fight! I am here. Clean Eating...Check! Working Out...Check! Busy Busy...Check! Still Working Towards the 2011 Goals...Check!!

I take pride in the fact that I am a problem solver. I haven't run more than 3 miles since the half. I am just feeling sooo out of shape and SO over the treadmill. However, getting outside to run is kind of hard right now. First, it is DARK out when I wake up(and would prefer to workout) and second, it is dark when I get home. Now I know people run in the dark all the time. It is just there has been 2 attacks on my running trail. Even worse, I know of 6 people being attacked on other running trails within a 20 mile radius. I DO NOT FEEL SAFE RUNNING IN THE DARK! I don't know what to do in this situation. I have pepper spray, but is that enough? Do I join Gold's Gym where they have cardio cinema to ease the treadmill boredom? What do you think? Any advice? The first thing I am going to hear is that I need a running buddy. Uh..yeah! That would rock if I had a buddy that would like to push and be pushed in return, but I don't. I have posted looking for running buddies on facebook, but everyone is flaky. I have been thinking about finding a running club, but I think they meet 1 or 2 times a week and I want to run 4 or 5. Or even buying my own treadmill.

Anyways...your advice is appreciated!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

11 In 2011....

Hi Guys and Dolls....

So, I hopped on the scale Monday and about cried. I saw 130.4. I vowed to never be in the 130's again after fighting for a solid 4 or 5 months to get outta them. Although, it was a wake up call that I needed very much. So, thank you scale :) Today, I weighed 129.8 which makes me feel a tad better, but still shows I have A LOT of work to do.

I feel much better today. Saturday's half just kicked my trash. I couldn't walk up and down stairs well at all until today. I ran around for a few minutes at work and I feel great. I need to get more training underway because I have a HUGE goal for 2011.........

11 Half Marathons in 11 months(1 per month)....AND

1 Full Marathon in Las Vegas in December!!

If I complete my goal of 11 half's in 11 months, I have spoken to Love and he says we can budget for a little Vegas getaway for me to run my full marathon! I have given a lot of thought to this goal and I think it is totally doable. I just need to stay focused, committed and enough dinero for new shoes/running gear! I have faith in myself to do this and faith that I can chronical this journey here! 

I am sooo excited for 2011!!!!!

Tell me your goal for 2011!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 1...

Thanks for the comments...it really boosted my mood!

Day 1 went well.

Breakfast: Greek yogurt, blueberries, shredded wheat mixed together in the appropriate proportions.
Lunch: 1/2 cup of soup and a salad with a touch of dressing and half of a protein luna bar.
Dinner: 1/2 cup of soup, more salad with a little dressing and 1 strawberry candy(35 calories)

I also ran 5 miles in 52:29. Not my best, but not horrible for all that I haven't been doing...HA! I feel ready to get back on track :)

How are you doing?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dear Friends..........

I am alive and NOT very well!

I need to find the motivation to get back to the fit Tiff that I had found, but it is soooo hard!

Here's to Day One starting in the AM!


P.S. I am still reading, but from my crappy phone I can't do much commenting!! I am thinking of all of you!

Monday, September 27, 2010


Hi Everybody!!

I had a pretty decent running week last week. 4.5 miles Monday, 3 miles on Thursday, 4 miles on Saturday and 9 miles on Sunday!

Monday's run was the best run I have ever had. It was the fastest and least mentally challenging. I couldn't believe how quick I was going and with little to no fatigue.

Thursday's run...Ha....3 miles in 28:56! I was quite proud of that and I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, I have found my stride and I really could be a fast runner. 

Saturday's run...well, it was awful. I was tired and just not wanting to run as hard and fast as I know I can. It was a pace run. So, I should have pushed myself to run 9:50 miles. Did it happen...no! I averaged a 10:08. I am not going to beat myself up too badly, but I was frustrated for sure. I kept telling myself, 'You have to take the good with the bad, Tiff! Your last training program you rocked basically all but 3 of the runs. C'mon, you can do it sis!'. Did it help? Meh....yes and no!

Sunday's run...it was just insane and annoying.
Mile 1: 10:22
Mile 2: 11:01
Mile 3: 11:03
Mile 4: 11:44
Mile 5: 11:42
Mile 6: 11:22
Mile 7: 11:44
Mile 8: 11:38
Mile 9: 11:51

I read somewhere that  you are supposed to do your long runs 1 minute to 1.5 minutes slower per mile. I want to run this with an average of 9:50 or so per mile. I am nowhere close to that. One of the biggest factors to my poor performance yesterday was that it was HOT! I have not spent a lot of time running in the heat this summer. I ran in the 90 degree weather 3 times and wanted to die! Yesterday, I left the house when it was 65 degrees and thought, 'Oh, that is pretty decent. 50's would be better, but whatever!'. Yeah, when I got home my thermostat said it was 85 degrees. No wonder. Especially because I was caring powerade and that was the only hydration I had. The water fountain along the trail I took has been broken forever. Duh! I should have worn the backpack.

At mile 6.5, I sat down and cried for a minute. I needed the shade because I thought I was going to pass out for the better part of 6 miles. I am really stressed with the divorce, family issues, working 2 jobs, taking care of the household chores and now going into the busy season of work....I promised I was going to kick the last 2.5 miles butts. That didn't happen, but I. DID. FINISH! That's what I am proud of.

10 miles on Saturday and I will:
  • Properly hydrate before and during the run.
  • Not pressure myself too much.
  • Push myself.
  • Run in the morning when it is cooooooooolllll!!!
Have a great week everybody!! See ya tomorrow!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CSN Review

Hi Ladies and Gents! How is your day treating you? Crazy for me to post 2 times in one day, but I really am hoping to get here more often....as in daily :)

Remember a while back when I had a giveaway? Well, thanks to CSN Stores I have the opportunity to do a review and I am sooo excited.

CSN Stores has everything from dining room chairs to Picture Frames and my favorite SHOES!!!!!. I love a place that I can do 1 stop shopping because really, I am a busy, busy lady.

I don't really know what I will be doing my review on. I figured I have a healthy living blog, so I need something cooking/fitness related. Stay tuned for my review!


So, I am up .4 lbs this weigh in, but all is okay. I have been between 125 and 128 for the past few months. That all ends here. I am going to kick my diet into shape and fast. Clean eating does make me feel SOOOOO much better. So, I will be going grocery shopping tonight. I haven't had time to do a grocery shop/meal plan in a few weeks with having to work 15+ hours extra a week at the part time gig. Plus, camping, a social life, cleaning, and the fair.

Did I mention we went to the fair on Saturday? Well, we did. The breeding ground for poor food choices. I had 4 blue moons(2 at the fair & 2 at home), ate less than a 1/4 of the pork and rice bowl that Love ordered, but decided he didn't want-we switched, he ate my chicken legs and rice while I had the pork with veggies and rice-and I didn't have 1 sweet treat while we were there. I wanted something sweet, but nothing sounded good. So, I skipped it! Go me! Also, I just ate the pork bowl until I felt satisfied and just threw the rest away.

The goal for my weigh in on the 6th is to be down 2 pounds into 124. Then, I will not weigh again until the Wednesday after my half marathon! So, I am hoping to be 122 or even 120 by that time.

I am off of the part time gig until next Saturday. So, I am going to use this time wisely and really focus on getting back into weight loss/marathon mode. Today I plan to grocery shop after I head out for a 3 mile run and coming home to do some lunges/squats/pushups/crunches.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Best! Run! Ever!!!

4.5 miles in 42:47.
Mile 1: 9:20
Mile 2: 9:36
Mile 3: 9:06
Mile 4: 10:05
Mile 4-4.51: 4:38(9:08)

I took a short break at the half way point and at mile 4.32. Then, sprinted to 4.51!

I have never been so proud of myself!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

First Steps to Planning....

Hi Guys!! How many of you still read my ish over here? :)

So, I got to some thinking today at the part time gig after I read Annie's comment on my post yesterday. Maybe HCG isn't the right thing for me right now. I haven't been putting my all into it, so no wonder why I am not close to my goal. So now, I can at least start to figure out where I want to go from here.


  • I could start my half marathon training today(this was pre-written on Sunday so I am thinking of starting Monday) right where I was supposed to. I know I can run 4.5 miles, it is Saturday's 9 miles that would kick my butt.
  • I could focus on getting my speed and mileage to a good place.
  • I could just focus on losing the weight only and not focus too hard on my running, more on losing weight.
  • Or I could do a combination of all of the above.
I am choosing the last one. I am going to try my best to get up to my speed and endurance for the half marathon. I have 6 weeks to do this so.....

Folks, it is time to see what I am made of!

Wish me luck!

Tomorrow...Weigh In.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hopes Fading....

Well, my hopes of running the half marathon are starting to come to an end. Between not training enough and now with being sick...I just don't know if the Halloween Half is going to happen. I know I shouldn't say this, but I am okay with that. I reallly want to focus on getting to my goal. Even though, I am still reevaluating what that means.

Confession...I am debating doing 1 round of HCG.
Now, I have always been against the HCG diet because it is a quick fix. Most of the time, they gain all of the weight right back. I don't mean to sound hypocritical, but really, I think it could work in my favor. I have no problem maintaining. I have been sitting at 125 +or- a pound or so for the last 4 months. Maintaining is not a problem, but I am discouraged that I have stopped losing. I know people who have done it and some have succeeded and some have not. I am torn as to whether to try it or not.

Tell me What do you think of HCG?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Taking It Back.....

It's been forever since I have been here for a true post! I am sooo very sorry(to those who care haha). We're going to cover a lot in this post:

  • What I have been up to....non healthy lifestyle related
  • What I have been up to.....healthy lifestyle related
  • Weight Loss goals!
  • Goals in general
  • Skinny Days vs. Fat Days
First up, What I have been up to...non healthy lifestyle related:

I went camping 2 weekends ago and it consisted of a LOT of Jager and Rockstars, which I followed up with some cigars and even cigarettes(BARF!). Tangent: I smoked from age 12-18 on and off. Once I turned 19, I was a 1-2 pack a day smoker. Yeah, I was that girl. I was overweight, ate fast food 2-3 times a day, smoked like a chimney, and drank my body weight in liquor. Then, I met Love and that all changed. I have been smoke free(minus the camping trip) for 2 years. End Tangent! I have been working 3 night shifts and one weekend shift at the part time gig. The money is not a necessity per se, I am saving just in case. On my days off from the part time gig, I clean! It's becoming hard to keep up with it. So, I have obviously been crazy busy and let blogging/commenting fall to the wayside. I do read blogs, but do it on my phone and most sites I can't comment on....so, just know I am keeping up :)

What I have been up to.....healthy lifestyle related:

I have been making pretty good food choices, however the portion sizes have been WAY off! Sunday I was up 6 pounds from 3 weeks ago and I believe it. Tomorrow I will weigh in and see how that goes. I am saying a little prayer for sure. With the working/cleaning/camping schedule, I have not had much time to work out. I do 10 minutes even if that is all I have, but didn't workout at all for over a week....so bad! I am trying to pick myself up and move forward.

Weight Loss goals!:

I was at 130 on Sunday and am sooo upset with myself for that. I want to be at 110. That means 20 pounds to lose and it is tough! I am going to give up the scale the whole month of October and see where I am at after the half marathon on the 30th. I am getting my eating/portions back on track and I am getting my cute ass to goal!

Goals in general:

I had originally planned to run the halloween half marathon in under 2 hrs and 10 minutes, however I have slacked in the training department. So, I am just aiming for better than 2 hrs and 16 minutes(the time of my first half). I started my training schedule on Sunday which is 4 weeks later than I had planned. So, I am hoping that the pain of the past 2 runs goes away and I get my fitness back up to par ASAP! Another goal I would like to achieve is get on a strength training schedule. I need some muscles.

As I mentioned above, I began 1/2 marathon training on Sunday. I decided 6 miles was a good amount to shoot for. Mile 1 & 2 were a little tough...I was mentally there, but physically I wasn't feeling great. Miles 3 & 4 rocked! I was cruising and really found my groove! Miles 5&6 I constantly repeated "I am taking it back!" "I am taking my health and fitness back!" "I took the time off and now I have to push to get it back!" "You can do it, you are doing great!"! I finished in 1:03:48s. Which is great for me considering that I haven't run that far since April! It feels good to be back to running! Just gotta stay mentally strong!

Today, I ran 3.5ish miles because my Garmin was being stupid! Check out the sweat on my back and post workout glow!

Today, I ate very well:
Breakfast: Blueberries, Pineapple, Greek Yogurt, and Fiber One cereal.
Lunch: Chicken & Pepper wrap with baked BBQ chips(Not horrible, but my carrots went bad and my tummy was begging for the chips)
Dinner..In Pictures!

I started with 2 handfuls of lettuce.

Add cooked chicken and peppers. Top with Poppyseed dressing!

And  VOILA...a DELICIOUS salad!

I have been having skinny days this week and it is soooo frustrating because I see the change in my body, but then I wake up and I see the 175 pound girl again! It is sooooo frustrating!

Do You Have Skinny Days? How Do You Deal With Fat Days?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Working On A Plan...

I had sooo much fun camping!! There was a lot of food, friends, booze, and fun!! Now, it is time to get a plan into action!

Tomorrow(Tuesday) I will weigh in. I will have Love take photos of me in a sports bra and shorts. I will take measurements. I will have a plan in place to finally get to goal!

Expect a long post tomorrow from me with all of the plans for getting to goal!

I hope you all had a fabulous labor day weekend! I will leave you with an awesome picture I took on the way back to the valley today :)
It's a moose! She was very photogenic and very aware that we were there!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Not back yet....

My computer charger will be here today. Which will put me here more regularly...YAY!! However, this weekend is our final camping trip of the season. So, I will not return until Monday or Tuesday. Upon my return, I will have photos from this weekend!!!

Can't wait to come back more regularly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you guys are doing awesome!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

And the winner is...................


Corletta, please send your email address to continuouschanges@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Thank you everyone for entering. I plan on having another giveaway soon!!

I made it to my one year date and unfortunately, I had a gain. 1.3 pounds. That is okay because the number on the scale is not the most important thing in the world. The most important thing is that I have changed my life....for good!

I will be back to posting often ASAP. I haven't had a day off to relax in.....oh, I don't even know. It is constantly run run run these days. I will be visiting you all soon!

Take care!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lunch and Last Day!

Good Morning, y'all!

I hope you are doing well. I am feeling fabulous today. Even though I will be working from 8:30AM-9:00PM. 12.5 hours. That is alright with me. I really want to put a bit of money in savings. You never know in this economy. Nowadays, I save every little penny I can. I used to be a spender, but now, saving really motivates me and makes me feel good about myself.

First things first, MY GIVEAWAY ends tonight at midnight, so go enter!

Also, my lunch for this week has been nothing short of AMAZING. It takes 3 minutes to make. Start with 2 La Tortilla High Fiber Low Carb tortillas. Top each tortilla with 1/2 of a laughing cow cheese(I am in love with the mozerella, sundried tomato and basil one...YUM!). Then, a layer of spinach, a layer of sprouts, and 2 or 3 pieces of turkey. Yum! I eat 2 of these and a cup of frozen grapes and that is what I call PERFECTION! Yum-O!

Say a little prayer for my one year weigh in tomorrow. Will I be under 123, I doubt it, but I will be happy with whatever number I see :)

I really want to change the blog up and have it be about a little more than just weight loss. What topics would you like to see?

Have a great day! See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Approaching The Anniversary.....

Today's weigh in has me at....


That is a 1.5 pound loss for the week. I really would like to be in the 122's by my anniversary, but 1.8 pounds is a lot to lose in 4 days. Hmmmm....I will work towards that, but not be disappointed if I don't hit my goal. I have definitely come a long way this year. I have learned a lot and am loving the way my life is heading!

I didn't think I would actually make it to my one year anniversary of my healthy lifestyle journey. I didn't know that I would make it to week 2 ha! I have learned so much this past year. I also had a couple of pretty rough experiences this past year. My grandpa passed away and instead of pushing away my feelings, I ran into them head on.

When my parents told me about their divorce, I described in the post that I was still fuzzy. Well, 10 months hasn't made that any more clear. I am still extremely fuzzy and trying to cope. Lately, I have been trying to really deal with it and move forward, but it is so hard. Especially because they aren't even legally separated, no papers have been filed, I hate my mother's boyfriend, my family doesn't talk and all my parents do is argue. Some days are easier than others, but I will be helping my dad file the divorce papers this week. That will be rough, but at least it will give me a step towards some closure.

These were 2 of the rougher experiences I have ever had, but I didn't let my depression about either stop me from LIVING MY LIFE. It may have had moments where it slowed me down, but I refuse to give up! I want to be a person people look to for inspiration. I want to help others cope in positive ways even after bad things do happen. I have learned to stay positive in dark days, because the light is at the end of the tunnel....even if you have to chase it for a while :)

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

How do you stay positive when times get tough?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Still Trekkin'....

Geesh.......I didn't know that you guys would be so enthused about my giveaway*sarcasm* haha. That's okay, that just gives the others a better shot at winning. If you would like, enter between now and Friday at 12:00PM and I will pick the winner with my one blogiversary! Thank you!

Now, I must mention that my computer, sadly, has decided that crapping out was the best thing for it to do. I wanted to blog everyday about how my runs for this second half have gone, but unfortunately, I will have to post a lot less than originally planned for the next week or so. I am still here and living healthy.

Now, my runs last week were so so....
Monday: planned & actual 3 miles
Tuesday: planned 5 x 400 at 5k pace....actual NADA. Lazy bones over here!
Wednesday: planned & actual 3 mile and strength
Thursday: planned & actual Rest.
Friday: planned 3 mile.....actual nothing.
Saturday: planned & actual 5 miles.

Saturdays run sucked bad! I was not mentally in it. My body felt great, but my head was blah, whiny and full! At the half way turn around point, my hydration pack busted! Ummmmm.....*LOTS OF PROFANITY*. Oh well, I dumped the water out and resumed running. I ran it in 54:50. Which isn't awful, but I was disappointed. This week, I have a new attitude. I am determined. I am going to murder Saturday's 6 mile run at the butt crack of dawn!

Speaking of computers and hydration packs breaking, here is a list of things that have broken in the past week:
*Computer-I think this is more a charger issue than the whole computer. So, there is 70 dollars that I have to spend.
*Hydration Pack-Still can't figure out why. It was the 3rd time I have used it.
*Garmin Forerunner 310XT-Yep, I purchased it in January and it has crapped out too. Luckily, Garmin is sending me a charging clip, which should hopefully fix the problem. It is VERY frustrating though.
*My cellphone. I don't know what is worse, the fact that it freezes or shuts off without me knowing. Either way, it is annoying.

I am sure Love thinks I am trying to sabotage all of these things so I can get brand new ones. Ha ha. Honestly though, my computer is 1 year old, hydration pack is 2 months old, garmin is 8 months old and my cellphone is 1 year old. I am pretty sure it is just bad luck. All will be fixed soon.

I just picked up 3 extra shifts a week at my part time job. So, now I will be working full time...part time...training for a half marathon...cleaning my house(I am the only person who does because I am picky about the way it is done)...taking care of 2 dogs...and trying to get some time with my Love. I haven't been this busy in a while and I love it. I am more motivated when I feel non stop, but I get wiped out and too stressed. This time I plan to find a way around the stressing....which will be running. Woohoo!

I went through some emotional eating and although I only gained 2 pounds(which were gone the next week), I wanted to deal with the emotions...not eat them. So, I am confronting some underlying issues with family stuff and am on a healthy path away from my food demons. Trying to listen to my bodies hungry cues and munchy cues.

Tomorrow is weigh in day and I don't feel so focused on the number. I am starting to weigh in just to see how my eating is going. Not necessarily to lose weight, because I know that I am getting smaller. I am officially wearing 4's now. I feel great, I look beautiful and I am happy.

I have been trying to stop by and see you all, but like I said, all of my electronics are crapping out. So, I will get there it just might take some time.

How are you doing? What are you struggling with in terms of weight loss right now?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Giveaway Time!!

Hi Guys! I will officially be back and better than ever in no time...*AHEM* Tomorrow! But first, my official one year anniversary is on August 21st which is when I will announce the winner of my first giveaway!

Here's the deets:

I was contacted by CSN Stores about doing a giveaway on the blog and my answer was YES, PLEASE! I had heard of CSN stores before, but had never taken the time to research it out. When I hopped on and started looking around all their different websites(200+ actually), I realized I need a new Dutch Oven in the worst way. I also need to get myself a treadmill(which I am still searching for, but need to save the dough before I can make my final decision!) However, this giveaway is not about me, it's about you! So, I will have to purchase me a dutch oven and treadmill on my own dime....Dang :)

What's up for grabs you ask? A $40 gift card, Friends!!

Here's how to enter:

1. Hit up the website and tell me what 1 item you would buy if money was NOT an issue!
2. Be a follower of my blog.
3. Get the word out and post about this giveaway on your blog!

Leave me a separate comment for each entry. I will randomly pick a winner on my 1-year blogi(get healthy)versary!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome To Half Marathon Training!

Today marks the first day of half marathon training.
Today the.....
Number of times I almost threw up today........4!
Number of times I have ran since April.......Uh 10!
Number of weeks until my half marathon.......12!
Number of times I have been pissed at Nimrag the "Garmin"....1,000!
Number of times I have wanted to cry....3!

I have a huge post to put up about some things I have been going through with my family recently. It goes along with my "healthy lifestyle". AND.....I am doing my first GIVEAWAY!! Please come back tomorrrow and enter...You know you LOVE free stuff!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Food Can Not Define Me....

So, I have a slight problem. I love the taste of food, most food. I often find myself stuffing my face and stomach with 2nds and 3rds. Even though I never need it, but I want it. It is an addiction. One I don't talk about ever, in fact, I never realized how addicted I was before reflecting on my eating behaviors of the past 8 years or so. I look back at my eating habits and think what the heck have I been doing? No wonder I am stuck at the weight I am. When Love and I go out to eat, I eat my whole plate. It's surprising I don't lick the effing thing. I thought about this a lot today. Sometimes I feel obsessed with food, like it somehow defines the person I am. Sometimes I eat like the overweight person that I was. Others, I eat the amount for the thinner, more fit woman I am these days.

Tonight, I wanted to eat like the woman I was just over a year ago. I will tell you what when I show you my dinner.

Breakfast was the typical strawberries, blueberries, greek yogurt, fiber one, and a scoop of almond butter.
Started with a spinach salad topped with roasted squash and zucchini....look familiar?
Steak sandwich with the leftover 2 oz. steak sliced. Topped with some mayo and mustard.
"Dessert" was a half a cup of strawberries.
On my way home from work I had a Oats & Chocolate fiber one bar. It was amazing.

 The healthy tostada. The tortilla is a low carb, high fiber 50 calorie tortilla with a sprinkle of cheese, a big scoop of beans, 85/15 grass fed hamburger meat and
peach and mango salsa on the side.

I really really wanted another one. So, I walked over and grabbed for the tortilla bag and thought, 'What makes you want this? The fat girl that loved to eat, just to eat? That is not happening, because you are not that person anymore. You are learning and healing from your addiction.' I put the tortilla down and felt so good about my little mental talk. I feel like I am making a breakthrough in my fight against fat. I am learning that food DOES NOT DEFINE WHO I AM, ONLY WHO I WAS. I am living a healthy, happier life and my strength is what is helping define the new me!

What have you learned about your eating habits? And what do you feel defines you?

P.S. I completed Day 8 of the 30 day shred, I haven't gotten this far yet!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gusto Lost!

So, I keep promising food blogging follow through, but have failed miserably. I feel like if I don't report or take a picture, it didn't happen. I can not continue to do that because it isn't helping me lose any of this last 17 pounds. Speaking of which...

127.2 is what the scale said yesterday. To say I feel awful is an understatement. That is a 2.9 pound gain and that crap ends there. I will not continue going up. I WILL NOT!

So, I rededicate my life to myself. I will get to my goal and I will be successful. I bought a new notebook and have a pretty pen to write down food, water, bowel movements(I can tell a lot by how many BM's I am having), and my daily to do lists for cleaning and such. I feel it will help me to get more in touch with myself. From my body to my mind. I love lists and this will help :)

Now that that is said....let's get onto my clean clean eats for today :)

Looked like this, except with blueberries and original fiber one cereal.


Spinach salad with 1 small cucumber, 5 grape tomatoes, roasted squash and peach and mango salsa on top. On the side was a cheese stick and dessert was grapes(no pics, sorry).
My lover made me a great steak. I had a 3 oz. cooked portion. We buy our beef from a local butcher and it is grass fed. I can totally tell the difference in the taste and quality of the meat. On the side I had zucchini and salad with poppy seed dressing.

Then, Love and I took the pups on a walk.
Here is my baby girl and I. It was a touch windy so I have that crazy hair in my eyes.
My boys.

When we got home it was time for dessert.
 Frozen Yogurt. It is a small cup for only 150 calories and yummy blueberries on top. Not so clean, but eh...I can limit what is clean and what isn't.

I will be back tomorrow...........I PROMISE.......I PROMISE MYSELF!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pandora Lover!

I am addicted to my Rihanna station on Pandora today. It made the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred fly by this morning. I loved it. It was harder today as I am still SUPER sore from doing it(and the dancing I did at the concert).

Today was a good day all around. Work was slow in the morning, but picked up a little in the afternoon. I love busy days at work, because they fly by. I am one of those lucky people that love their jobs(most of the time). I have obstacles to overcome, but every time I find solutions to problems, I feel that much stronger and more qualified at my job.

I came home and fell asleep immediately. My sleeping schedule has been all over the place the last few months. I can't fall asleep, but once I do I am O-U-T. Then, I can't hardly wake up. Therefore, no gym in the morning. That will change once half marathon training starts. If I don't have a treadmill by then, I will be getting up at 4:30 to hit the gym in the morning.

On to the eats for today...

The usual greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, and fiber one cereal :)


Banana...I got a picture of it today.

A side salad with french beans, spinach, and grape tomatoes. The main course was 1 cup of my yummy homemade chili. I rock at making that chili, I tell ya. I put some plain greek yogurt and a little sprinkle of cheese on top. It was awesome.

My tummy was craving something sweet, so I had a fiber one bar for desert.

A serving of penne rosa(I love the veggies in it) with a piece of pita bread. Holy yum!

Desert #2
The cupcakes I made turned out SO GOOD. I rarely bake anything, but when I do, I definitely enjoy it. Love enjoys it also.

On a sidenote, I have been doing great with my water intake. I have exceeded my 128 oz. of water for the past 2 days. Thanks to the 2 8 oz. glasses of water in the morning. I feel more energized and awake all day.

Do you use pandora? What is your favorite station?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Back at One!

Today was all in all a good day. I felt gorgeous. I have been doing the whole trying to be more presentable thing and getting ready is sooo awesome! Especially with new makeup and fun hairstyles. I am feeling so much better and more focused :).

The other day on All Things In Moderation she posted these little tidbits on hydration. Oh my gosh, the tip to drink 2 8oz. glasses of water first thing in the morning has really helped me. My body has a hard time waking up sometimes and the water really helped my body "wake up". So, that will be a part of my daily wake up ritual. I love getting new info.

Todays yummy food.

Crappy picture, sorry. It was blueberries, strawberries, strawberry Chobani, and some Fiber One cereal. This is my favorite breakfast right now!

Snack was a banana, I think you know what that looks like ;)

I have a good, good man in my life! Love made chicken noodle soup for dinner last night. He boiled the marrow out of a smoked chicken and the soup was AMAZING! Carrots, potatoes, noodles, chicken pieces and the broth. I added the broccoli to mine for some more fiber and veggies. Love is not a veggie fan. He picks the carrots out, but makes it with them because he knows I love them. He rockes!


Crappy pic again, I am still trying to figure out my camera. I love these oats and chocolate fiber one bars.  They are perfect when I need a little sweet fix.


Arby's french dip. This is by no means the BEST choice. However, I removed the cheese, threw away the top piece of bread and only dipped a little in the au jus sauce. According to the Arby's website, my tweaks took my sammie from 500 cals to about 360 calories. Not bad. I partnered this yummy sammie with a little side salad and a drizzle of poppy seed dressing.

To Dessert Or Not To Dessert?
My lover butt ate some of the red velvet cupcakes I made and I did not have one.

I worked out after making the cupcakes and it was already 9:15. I did Day 5 of the 30 Day Shred while listening to Pandora Radio. After I was done, I decided I didn't want to eat dessert right before bed so I made a good decision and did not have a yummy cupcake. I will save it for tomorrow :)

Today I have really tried to pay attention to portions and not letting cravings and wants push me to eat something that my body doesn't need. I feel like I am getting my groove back :) I am off to read my nook before passing out. Good Night!

How was your day?


I have pictures of foods I have eaten in the past week. Just not enough time to post them apparently. I have been super duper busy.
  • Worked my second job on Sunday.
  • Saw Kings of Leon in concert last night! Front Row!
  • Hung out at my dad's house. 
  • Dog-sitting for Love's dad.
  • Cleaning.
  • Swimming.
  • Oh, and weighing in at 124.3!
I lost .5 pound this week and that rocks. I haven't been on much of a losing streak lately. I feel I have become obsessive about my journey, so I am not going to put too much pressure and focus on my weight loss. I need to find a common ground between weight loss and living.

I will be paying a little more attention to cleaner eating. I love the way my body feels when I am eating lots of veggies and fruits. I just need to come up with some creative ways to eat clean in a fun way. Suggestions always welcome. I do plan to continue food blogging, I just have to find a good time to do it. Morning? Night? Morning and Night? I will do it. :)

I am on Day 5 of the 30 day shred(will do it right after work!) and I can feel it this time. I am using heavier weights for some of the strength and lighter for others. My legs are constantly sore and I love that feeling.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Well, today I had a maintain and I am happy about that. It would have been a loss, except Love bought some delicious chocolate shell sauce(you know the stuff that hardens when you put it on ice cream) and I had 2 huge bowls of it on Sunday. Did no sweets for a week and celebrated like that? Ummmm.....looks like I will be continuing the no sweets thing. So, between now and next Tuesday AM I will not have dessert. I have 3 huge tupperwares full of watermelon, so I should be set ;)

As mentioned above, I maintained. I really need to get a good losing streak going. I am sooo ready to be under 120. I have lost my motivation to get up and go to the gym. I remember when I did it everyday at 5AM and now, I am like eh..screw it. I will do it later and then never do. Mark my words though....tonight I will take my dog out for a 3 mile run. I am going to start training him to be a running dog. He is a border collie/blue heeler mix, so they are made to run(and herd cattle, but who is counting?).

Anyways, food blogging will continue today.

Goals for this week:
1. 100+ oz. of water everyday including weekends.
2. Workout to the 30 day shred everyday beginning today.
3. No dessert.
4. Eat correct portions and types of foods.
5. Run 3 days and 3 miles each time.

On another note, I got a "NOOK" last night! We went to Barnes and Noble last night and I had mentioned to Love that I had been thinking that I wanted a Nook and after talking to the manager of the store, he sold us on it. I went in to buy the Chelsea Handler book(she is hysterical) and was going to spend more than $30 anyway. So, Love told me to just get the nook. It will save us money in the long run and I am so excited to get back to reading again :)

How do you find your motivation when you are in a slump? Do you have a Nook? What do you think of it?

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I somehow shut down my comments. I have no clue how or why, but they are back up and ready to go. 

Eating has been great. Week with no sweets went great. Exercise, eh. I worked out 2 days this week. Slap me, would ya?

How are YOU doing? What do you think of the food blogging thus far? Any comments or suggestions?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ready For Bed!

How was your day?

Work for me was okay today. Busy at first and then slowed down so that I could play catch up on a few other tasks. I was ready for lunch at 2:00.

Lunch was a repeat from yesterday.
Recycled pic, but I still couldn't find my camera.

After work, I was hungry, but Love was working late and I had some cleaning to do. So, I had a slice of bread with some PB and Jelly. Just a side note, peanut butter has always been my favorite. I read a blogger once who said she only allowed herself peanut/almond butter at 1 meal in the day. I have incorporated that into my life, as well. I could eat it nonstop and I have eaten a full jar before.

I cleaned up around the house and then went to the store.

Once Love got home, we were both ready for dinner. Tonights dinner consisted of a tostada and a side salad.
The tostada had a scoop of beans, hamburger, a little cheese and some peach&mango salsa. My side salad was the usual. Spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and poppy seed dressing!

I needed a sweet and because I am doing no sweets for a week, I decided fruit was a great choice.
A small handful of grapes and one plum which was SUPER ripe....I love ripe ripe plums!!

Today was a good day. I feel so great and motivated. About to hit 100oz. of water. Another gym workout tomorrow morning. Gonna do an hour of cardio and some weights.

How do you pull yourself out when you are stuck in a diet rut?

July 6: Good Things!

Good Morning Everyone!

I woke up bright and early at 5:00AM. Then laid in bed with Love until 5:45.

Once I got my cute buns outta bed, it was off to weigh on the wii! I weighed in at 124.8! That is a 2.6 lb loss this week. I must have been retaining some water last week or something. I feel good though!

I went to the gym shortly after. Did 2.15 miles in 21 minutes. Honestly, this morning was HARD. I couldn't breathe and I felt tired, but I didn't stop at all. I just told myself I could push through. I am very proud of myself :)

Breakfast is Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt, Fiber One Cereal, blueberry and a little scoop of protein powder. No picture though, sorry. I can't find my camera. It may be in my car...hmm.

Tonight, I need to do some grocery shopping!

Have a great day!

Monday, July 5, 2010


I napped, shopped, cleaned and did laundry since the last time you saw me! I picked up 2 pairs of shoes that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Grabbed a set of earrings and tried all 5 of my piercings(2 in one side, 3 in the other) and they are all still open.

I woke up hungry!
Tuna with 1/2 tablespoon mayo and Mrs. Dash sundried tomato basil seasoning mixed in. Sided with Special K tomato basil crackers and broccoli with I can't believe it's not butter.

I will only make it to about 80 ounces of water versus the 128 oz. I shoot for. I have been having 1 water to 1 sugarfree flavor packet water.

Good night! I will have a weigh in to report tomorrow morning :)

Good Afternoon!

Hi Everyone! Here I am again. This will be the only day that I post 3 times a day. I rarely get on the Internet when I am at work, so maybe a morning and evening post or once a day post will be my schedule. We'll see how it shakes out.

Well, I cleaned for about an hour and then Love had a surprise for me!! I packed up another coffee with soy milk and agave nectar.

  Onto my surprise...we went to "Bird World Pet Village", a local pet shop! He goes to see fish stuff and I go to see the PUPPIES!, Kitties, and bunnies...Mostly the puppies though. I play with them and pet them, oh be still my frickin' heart. Then, we hit up another fish store. No purchases today though. Couldn't find anything we loved. We left the fish store and decided it was time for lunch.

Luckily, we were right up the street from my favorite sandwich place. "Village Baker" was introduced to my life about 8 years ago and ever since I have gone their all the time. I used to drive 45 minutes to get a sandwich....45 MINUTES! It really is that great.

I typically get the turkey and provolone sandwich on honey whole wheat with mayo/mustard mix, tomato, and iceberg lettuce. However, today I asked for it dry and with no lettuce. I brought it home took one half and topped it with honey mustard and some spinach. It tasted so different without the mustard/mayo mix, but that is NOT a bad thing. I tasted all of the natural ingredients the sandwich had to offer...mostly the provolone! Yum! It made for the perfect lunch.

On the side, I had a single serving of carrots(Costco, I love you even more!), and a half of an apple. Today is going great so far.

I have decided that I am doing the no sweets for a week again. Today is day one. About 20 minutes after I told Love that I was doing it, he does this........
A huge snicker doodle cookie and 2 route 44 slushes from Sonic. Ummm....do you want me to punch you? Ha. Kidding! I didn't actually even think about having either. Go me.

How do you deal with temptation?

July 5: Good Morning!

Well, first meal of food blogging today!
I had 1 whole egg, 2 egg white omelet with spinach, a sprinkle of cheese and peach&mango salsa on top(not pictured). I also had 1 piece of sausage, and a coffee with soy milk and a touch of agave nectar! It was perfect. It was a great meal to get me going on a full day of cleaning. Wish me luck in finding my actual camera because my phone pics aren't as awesome!

How was your 4th?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

On Track?

Friday morning I got my cute butt out of bed and went to the gym. I ran 2 miles in under 20 minutes. That showed me that I still can run. My first day of couch to 5k it took me 15 minutes to "run/walk" 1 mile. Now, I do it more than 5 minutes faster. It's been a long, and sometimes, extremely trying road. I have learned so much about myself in that time. I have run a half marathon in a rather impressive time for a first timer(2:16:00). I have learned that I LOVE most veggies that I have never tried before(brussel sprouts, artichokes, banana peppers). I don't need to overeat to cure the sadness I feel sometimes. Running is my therapy.

However, I really need to rededicate myself to this journey, to my life! I owe it to myself to be healthy, happy and fit. I have slid off track in the past 2ish weeks and I do not like this feeling. I didn't actually realize it until a serious talk with my Love.

We were on our way camping and he ran into one of his best girl friends from high school. So, he introduces me and I looked like a rodent you would find on the side of the road. My hair was curly and a mess, I had rubbed off all of my makeup(which I don't normally wear a lot of), and I was in chill clothes(we were going camping). I was embarrassed with how I looked, especially with how fondly he talks of this girl. He asked me a question that he never has before, "Why don't you dress yourself up and presentably every day? Most days you wear a t shirt and jeans. You look like a high schooler and not a 25 year old!" Oh my gosh, he was totally right. I can't remember the last time I put on heels to go to work, or dress pants, or a shirt that wasn't a plain ol' t shirt. I used to be the girl with no self esteem who tried to hide it with heels, too much makeup and clothing that was in style. I was faking all of it. Now, I am the woman who has lots more self confidence in the way I look, but I feel I lack in the way I dress and don't feel like getting ready most of the time.

When we got back from camping, I decided a change needed to be made. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I wore heels, put on makeup, dress pants and cute shirts(still t shirts, but not sloppy tee's) to work. Oh my gosh, it took me an hour(usually 30 minutes) to get ready and that extra half hour truly made a difference. When it comes to clothes I was in the mindset that I am not at goal yet and I can't buy new clothes until I am. I currently have 17 pounds to go. My clothes are all on their last legs. As of today I have 3 pairs of size 4 jeans and all of them need to be hemmed. I would like to sport them before they are too big for me, so that is at the top of my to do list. Because now, I care about clothes and makeup. Mostly though, I care about me and making a good impression, because I am a good person.

So, I am vowing to rededicate myself to getting to goal. In this journey, I have tried counting calories, that lasted a couple of days. I thought about doing weight watchers, but I get lazy. The thing that has always worked for me was desserts very seldomly, lots of veggies & fruits, running, elliptical, and listening to my body. My body is starting to think, not one more crap decision, I am full!

This weeks schedule will include food blogging, working out Monday-Saturday and feeling gorgeous everyday :)

I wish you all a great week :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Wednesday I weighed in at 127.4. I am soooo disappointed. I need to get my butt back into gear.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Food Blogger For A Day....

Glad I could give you the Costco idea. I hope they sell them everywhere because  I wouldn't move anywhere they didn't sell it in Costco ;)

First topic today is losing motivation. I have seen Annie talk about it and Missy in the last 2 days. I think a lot of people are feeling burnt out right now....Myself included. I have been doing this over 10 months now and I am tired of talking about it. It is my "battle of a lifetime"! I think about food, exercise, and being thin all the time. I have since I was 12 and now that I am doing something about it, it is all I can talk about. I am sure I am annoying. Bottom line is, I am ready to live and not over focus on being perfect. So, I think if we all just hold on and stick together....this too shall pass.

Second topic...I was a food blogger today. Let's start with breakfast.
5 strawberries, greek yogurt and  a sprinkle of Fiber One cereal.
All together now....

Salad with a touch of poppy seed dressing, open faced tuna sandwich, and 2 kiwis for desert.

I was so hungry when I got home from work that I had to snack on..

A Fiber One bar.

Dinner was unusual. Usually I have fruit a protein and a salad. However, all the food in my house is designated camping food. So, I had...
Fiber One cereal with soymilk and a banana. It surprisingly hit the spot.

Obviously my 100 dollar camera isn't amazing, but it works just fine. What do you think of my food blogging. I might just do it from here on. We shall see.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Costco, I Love You!

After writing "Chobani Greek Yogurt" on the Costco suggestion card 4 million a few times, they have finally taken my suggestion and put it to good use!

So, to thank them....

I bought 2 cases!

Stay Tuned! Tomorrow I am going to talk about losing the oomph to blog/workout/focus. And on Thursday, I will be talking about my upcoming(Friday-Tuesday) camping trip!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Get To Goal" Week 1

Well, week 1 of "Get to Goal" ended yesterday. Overall, the first week was meh....Food was great Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I had a birthday celebration to attend and drank a pitcher of beer myself. Oops! Did well with food though. Friday, I was hungover and not extremely hungry so I didn't eat much. Saturday and Sunday was decent eating wise. However, I worked out Tuesday and Wednesday, but not after that. I just had excuses and kept saying, I will do it later....aaaand never did. Oh well, moving on.

Weigh in: 124.4

1.2 pounds lost and never to be found on my body again.

I know I could have had more like a 2 pound loss, but I didn't do the work I should have. Next week, I will see the 122 on that darn scale and I am spot on food wise and working out EVERY MORNING before any other task. No questions asked.

I have set up a few mini goals for "Get To Goal". Here they are:
****Weigh under 120--Spending $100 at Guess Outlet(I love Guess, but Utah only has an outlet and I want to try on what I buy.)
****Weigh under 115--New Outfit from wherever I want.

Oh and for now, I am not training for any kind of races. I want to focus on my weight loss and give that my all. I am working on upping my mileage to 24 miles per week(6 miles 4 days a week). I am at about 12 right now and plan on doing 3 miles M,W,F and 4 miles on Saturday and once my body can handle running that nonstop, I will up to 4 miles M,W,F and 5 on Saturday. And so on and so on up to 6. I want to be a long distance runner for life and running really kicks my trash.

"Get to Goal" Week 2:

Monday I ran a 5k in 29:50. That is a great time for me! Eating was in check, even with a family gathering. Ate fruit, a 3''x2'' piece of Love's dads enchiladas(So Yummy!), some funeral potatoes, and a veggie pasta thing. So, it was pretty balanced.

This morning, I did 30 minutes on the eliptical this morning. Tonight I will be doing a workout DVD that came with my new stabiltiy ball. So excited and I might review it, we will see :)
****Goal 110 pounds****
A couple of ideas, Love wants to go to Vegas to see Roger Waters in Octoberish. I fully plan on being to goal by then and think I will use this vacay as my goal. Probably buy an outfit or 2. Will keep you updated on this one :)

I am soooo excited. I can feel that I am soooo close to goal and I am determined to get there!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 1 of "Get To Goal"!

Day 1 went very well. I ran 3.2 miles in 33 minutes at 6:30 AM. I had oatmeal with blueberries, 1 tbsp pb, and coffee for breakfast. Lunch consisted of a 1/4 serving of Pei Wei Spicy shrimp and a cheese stick. Dinner was 3 oz shake n bake chicken, 1/2 cup of grapes, 3 cups of spinach, 10 grape tomatoes and 1 1/2 tbsp poppyseed dressing. Overall 1107 calories for the day.

I feel really good and know that this time I will get to goal.

Weight at the gym this morning: 125.6.

Goal weight for weigh in next Tuesday morning: 124.something.

Ideally, I would like to lose 1-2 pounds a week, but even a .5 pound would work.

To those who asked about Sparkpeople, yes I have used it in the past. I didn't like tracking calories because I became obsessive. However, after reevaluating myself, I have decided it is a useful tool to keep track of exercise as well as food and I love that they will build you strength plans :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Recommiting Is Hard To Do.....

I have said this for the past month and a half, but this time, no kidding! I have been up and then down so many times and the inconsistency is kicking my trash! I feel blah about running and working out and the EXCUSES, O.M.G. the excuses are sooooo old and soooo terrible. Where did my motivated tushy go.

She nose dived in the deliciously unhealthy side of the world.

No more! It's Over! I Am Done! I Am Tired Of Being So Out Of Control!

Personal Guidelines need to be followed! So, I will be following them from here on out. I have a goal to get to!

Starting tomorrow, I am going to track on SparkPeople.com. I will save labels and add every ounce of food to enter my mouth and every single mile/eliptical exercise I do. My schedule this week will look a little something like this:

Daily: 1200-1300 calories a day. Stretch. No Binging.
Monday: 3 mile run.
Tuesday: 30 Minute Upper Body workout(Thanks, SparkPeople!). 60 minutes eliptical/stationary bike/staiir climber.
Wednesday: 3-4 mile run.
Thursday: 30 Minute Lower Body workout. 60 minutes eliptical/stationary bike/stair master.
Friday: 3 mile run.
Saturday: 4 mile run. 30 Minute Full Body.
Sunday: Yoga/Rest Day.

My next doctor's appointment will be in late August and I would like to weigh 115 by then. So, I have 2 months and 2 weeks to lose 13 pounds. I am sure I can do this. 1.3 pounds a week is totally doable. However, I won't be weighing until I get a new scale. Hopefully by July 1st! So, I am committed to getting motivated like I was before. I will post progress everyday to keep me accountable and please feel free to call my ass out!

You ladies rock!! I am working on some stuff to kick on no sweets for 2 weeks starting next Monday so get your cute booties ready!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scale Woes....

My scale says it has a low battery. I got it in February and I don't think it is right that it is already low. Especially because I have used it a handful of times. Talk about annoying! Oh well, looks like I will take a scale hiatus until I get a new battery. I think for me it is extremely motivating when I jump on the scale and see a decent 2-3 pounds loss if I haven't weighed in a while. So, maybe I will procrastinate on getting a battery ;)

How has this week gone? Hmmmm.....Well, it has been okay. I have eaten well and even had 1....ONE...1 piece of chocolate, not the whole dang package and I feel really good about that. I have this thing with chocolate, it is called UNDYING LOVE. If you put a chocolate bar in front of me, I will eat it in 2 seconds flat. Toblerone bars O....M....G!! However, I am trying to be better at resisting them and other sweet things. I may do another 2 week of no sweets. Anybody with me?

On the workout front, I have run 4 miles this week. Geesh! Nowhere near 20+. I wanted to go on Monday, but then got lazy! Then Tuesday, I was stricken with a migraine and running did NOTHING but make it worse. So, I laid down after work. All weekend I had off and on headaches. I think it could be my terrible food and no exercise choices. I feel much better after my run yesterday and wonderful eating choices this week. Today, I will be doing an hour or so of cardio right after work and then some weight machines.

It is time to do the Ab Attack DVD on Netflix!

Have you ever tried one of the Jillian dvds? Which one? How did you like it?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Arby's, Chocolate, and French Toast....Oh My!!

This weekend I have been out of control and my body is sure feeling it! I have had nothing but crap and too much crap. Today, I have to revert back to 80% clean eats because these headaches, tummy aches and weight gain just aren't worth the food I have been eating.

It's been a convenience weekend. I could have gone to the grocery store, but no, I don't feel like it seemed the better answer. I suck!! Love and I talked last night and these late meals and crappy food are taking it's toll on us. Back to the days of planning and controlling.

On the upside, I ran Tuesday(4 miles in 39 minutes), Wednesday(3.8miles in 41 minutes) and Friday(4 miles in 39 minutes). I did run 3 times and 2 were great runs. I have never run that many miles that fast before. I am trying to train my body to run 6 miles at a time and do it under 10 minute miles every time. It is soo hard to get back into it once you have taken over a month off from running 5 days a week. I am not sure the half in July is going to happen or not, but I am still aiming for it. 

So......This week I will:

***Not overindulge this week, at all!
***Plan every meal, even eating out!
***Say no to sweets, desserts and snacks that are not "clean"!
***Run 5 days and 20+ miles!
***Get back to 125 by Wednesday!
***Remember WHY I am on this journey and work harder than ever to get closer to goal!

Hopefully I can fit in a run today, but I have to be to work shortly and we may have to take Love's brother out to dinner right when I get home! I have a broken treadmill(so it isn't an excuse not to use it), that I would use it if I could. I am going to search for a treadmill online and hope I find a nice, cheaper one for days like this!!

Have a great weekend, my friends! Happy Memorial Day to y'all!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This is my Confession....

I am a member of the Clean Your Plate Club!! Shame, I know. However, that doesn't mean I constantly overeat! I have been filling 3/4(sometimes 1/2) of my plate with veggies and fruit. Then, the other 1/4 is what ever I want.

For instance, last Thursday, I had a huge salad with 30 cals of dressing, 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1/8 cup ham fried rice, 3 small pieces of orange chicken, and a veggie eggroll. All in all, I think I did pretty well.

There was also this 1 day....yes 1. The first time in a long time I remember not cleaning my plate in a long time. It happened Monday night. I ate a big salad and heated a little Totino's pizza personal pizza. 320 calories of processed love, for sure! I ate half of it and realized I was done. I didn't want to eat the other half. I was satisfied and happy. I offered it to Love and I think he was a little surprised. It did feel great!!

Being a member of the Clean Your Plate Club doesn't always have to be a bad thing. Here are a few ways that I try to limit eating HUGE portions of not so great food choices:

1. I always do a bigger portion of the lower calorie foods. Typically a spinach salad with grape tomatoes and 1 tbsp of dressing. I usually pair it with strawberries, grapes, or a banana.

2. I take a 1/4 of the portion size that I used to eat. If I am still hungry, I will add another 1/4 or so.

3. Going along with #2, I wait 10 minutes or so before I decide to go for seconds. Sometimes though, I have a small dessert when I still feel hungry.  Usually 2 or 3 bites satisfies me :)

4. If I have the munchy feeling, I clean and put away all of the leftovers immediately after dinner and make a constant mental note to NOT eat anything. I have a very strong will.

5. At restaurants, I always try to order a healthy dish that I can take 1/2 or more home for leftovers. I do have to be careful and aware of how much I am consuming and really try to slow down.

Are you a member of the Clean Your Plate Club? Any tips on being and Ex Club Member?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Operation Get To Goal!

I need to set up some "rules" for getting to goal. Does personal guidelines sound better? Yeah, we will go with that!

Personal Guideline 1: Must run/crosstrain 5 days a week. I have only been doing about 2-3 since the half. Even though my weight is maintaining, I know I can put more effort and time into working out. This should be 4-5 days of running. Unless, I really just need a cross training day. I don't want the knee pain coming back!

Personal Guideline 2: Strength training 2-3 days a week. I am going to utilize exercisetv.com. I will rotate upper body, lower body and do at least 1 stong ab workout a week!

Personal Guideline 3: Netflix or wii fit yoga on Sundays. It is calming and I know I would love yoga if I did it more often!

Personal Guideline 4: No more 9:00 dinners. Love has been working crazy hours and we don't eat until after 8:00 most times 9:00. This includes desserts!

Notice I have not said anything about certain foods to eat. I have been doing great with preparing my meals and eating cleaner. Not perfect, but definitely an improvement from the weekend. I am going to do another no sweets for 2 weeks again. It just makes me feel so good to say no I don't need that like my tastebuds say I do!

To end this post, I would like to announce that my Wednesday Weigh In Results are................


A Gain of .8 pounds! All is well though. Not too discouraged. I earned a .8 gain because I haven't exercised nearly as much! Next weeks weight goal is to be in the 122's!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Amazing Return............

.....to scheduled running began today. I am aiming for running 4 miles 4-5 days this week. Next week will be 5 miles with a 7 or 8 miler on the weekend. I am making up my own half marathon training schedule, as I have some personal goals I would like to reach. The first being able to run 6 miles 5-6 days a week. Next, to do it in under 1 hour every day. This afternoon I ran 4 miles in 39:31. I have never run that many miles in that amount of time. The half had me at 10:22/mile. I would like to do the half in July below a 10:00/ mile. We will see. I am just so determined to meet that goal AND get to MY GOAL WEIGHT!!

Last Wednesday I was 123.8. This Wednesday I would love to see 122. I haven't hit 20 pounds lost yet, but it is time to kick it up a notch(or 5) haha. I go back and forth about what I want my goal weight to be at. I love wearing the size 4, but I am not feeling the "bikini bod" yet. I will eventually, but it will take a little longer. I really need to put some focus on strength training(focus being abs) during the half marathon training. I do notice when I strength train, I do better with running. So, we will see.

I will be starting a getting to goal post after I post this and will share it tomorrow along with my weigh in!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Goals and Future Plans....

As far as the weight loss journey goes, I am still just maintaining. I weigh in tomorrow and don't know where exactly I am, but I still feel like I am 124-125. I have had very little exercise since the half marathon. I went from running and cross training 5-6 days a week to working  out maybe 1-3 times a week. I haven't felt driven to exercise and I lost my gym card. Excuses, excuses! I KNOW! However, I have maintained a lot of the clean eating I have been practicing and I don't just veg out all day like I did before my journey began. I have been constantly go go go since the half marathon. Now that things are slowing down, I have some goals and some future racing to look forward to and train for.

I have been thinking I want to do another half soon. So, I have decided on a local Utah canyon to canyon 1/2 marathon on July 10. It is in 8 weeks and I feel if I kick it up a notch I can PR this race. Although, there are plenty of rolling hills so I can't wait to get outside and train on some of the hills in my area. Practice makes perfect, right? ;) Oh, and did I mention the entry fee is $25. Unbelievable!

I will also be running a 10k with my bestie in October. It is a women's love your body 10k. I love my body now and it will be just 14 months into when my journey started, so why not?

Onto some of my personal goals:
Goal #1: Get this here blog designed all sorts of beautiful and BLOG more. I have been truly slacking, but I love writing so I need to get it into my routine again!
Goal #2: Get my booty to goal! I want to weigh 110. Mind you, I am 4'11'' tall. I carry all of my weight in my lower abs/lovehandles. So, I just need to work on that area a little more.
Goal #3: Use the yoga videos on my Netflix. There are tons and on my stretch & strengthen days, I am going to  start doing the yoga videos!
Goal #4: Exercise at least 5 days a week.
Goal #5: Get a Personal Record in my next half marathon. Shooting for under 2 hours and 15 minutes. Just over a minute faster.

Next I need to have a plan to follow through with these. I am still working on it, but will go into more detail on that another day :)

I hope you are all having a great week so far! Happy Hump Day!!