Monday, November 29, 2010

Daily Flog and How You Doin'?

Well I did it for the day - logged everything I ate. Here's the damage:

  • Honey Bunches of Oats cereal and 2% milk

AM Snack:
  • 10 chocolate animal crackers

  • 1 small piece frozen pizza
  • Homemade nachos (made from 1 1/2 servings tortilla chips, 1/2 cup refried beans, 1/4 cup corn, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, taco sauce
  • 2 bites cold hash brown casserole (what the hell was *that* all about?)
  • 1 cup frozen yogurt

Pm Snack:
  • None

  • BLT sandwich (well, no "T" but it consisted of 2 slices nutty oat bread, less than 1T mayonnaise, Lettuce, 3 slices soy bacon, 1 slice cheese)
  • 1/2 cup noodles & sauce

Evening snack:
  • 2 cups of coffee w/ 1.5 tsp sugar and 1 T creamer each

Not horrible, but not wonderful either. What's great is that I logged it, even those 2 stupid bites of cold hash brown casserole.

So how YOU doin'?

Do I Have To Give My Flowers Back?

Previously I was all "YES I CAN" when it came to my Thanksgiving Plan. It seems, however, that my brain had other plans. I had a gain of 3 whole freaking pounds this week. I can't say I'm hugely shocked, really. I started out last week with the intent of "eating lightly" for the week in preparation for Thanksgiving. Clearly my willpower took a Thanksgiving break because once I started the downward spiral somewhere around mid-Tuesday, it was really all downhill from there.

Incidentally, with 3 pound gain, that puts me below my first incentive mark. Do I have to give my flowers back?

In the past I'd have taken this as an "omen" that the whole weight loss thing wasn't going to work and what the hell, yes I will have that leftover pie. But not this time. A gain is a wake up call. Time to get my ass back on the wagon, chalk last week up to experience and give this week hell. (Have you noticed I blog less when I'm eating like a fiend?)

For what it's worth, I have been to the gym already this morning, planned the rest of the week's workouts and have dedicated myself to flogging (keeping a food log) EACH AND EVERY DAY, no matter what. I will do my very best to post my daily flogs here for the world to see. That keeps me way more accountable than "I'll have 2 rice krispie treats now, and later on I'll do a workout dvd. I don't know about your house, but "later" is about as elusive as all those socks our dryer seems to eat.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Miracles? I think not.

I am certainly not expecting miracles at the scale in the morning. This past week, being-healthy-wise was HORRIBLE. I'll get into that in another post, but I'll be very surprised if I don't see a large gain in the morning. My Thanksgiving plan went the way of the do-do bird and frankly that was stupid of me. But, no more "tomorrow is another day." THIS is a new minute, a new hour, a new chance to get my shit together. Every day, every week is not going to be perfect. I'M not going to be perfect. All I can do is live up to the best I can do.

I'm heading to the gym in the morning. I guaranteed you I will make it there AT LEAST 3 times this week (target days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and on Tuesday and Thursday I will workout at home, be it in the morning or when the children nap.

My second goal this week is to FLOG (keep a food log) each day - whether it's good or bad. I will write down everything and try my best to share it.

Who is with me? What's your goal this week?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mild Sciatica

Ever since I broke my tailbone when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter 6 years ago, I have intermittent flare ups of sciatica ,

(Wikipedia tells me this: Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important, because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms will often be different, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms. - thanks, Wikipedia!)

with varying degrees of pain. As I've been having a flare up recently that's caused me some decidedly wicked lower back / hip pain, I asked my brother, Lou, over at Journey to Fitness for some advice. Not only did he come through, he blogged about it today. Check out his blog for today at Journey to Fitness. Thanks, Lou!

Friday, November 26, 2010


I have some weaknesses. I could say, "anything salty," "anything sweet," and "anything that mixes salty and sweet." But that's not entirely true. But here they are, in no particular order, my food weaknesses:

chips and dip
cheese and crackers (seriously is there any better snack?)
nuts (mostly pistachios, you pervert)
cake with frosting
ice cream
peanut butter
stuffed pasta
fetuccini alfredo
(jeez I didn't know the list would be this long)
fresh baked bread with butter
fresh baked biscuits with butter AND honey
chocolate chip cookies
my mother in law's pumpkin roll
pumpkin pie
mashed potatoes
coconut cream pie
(ok I better stop)

I guess my point is that I'm not expecting a miracle at the scale on Monday. And no, for the record, I didn't consume all the foods on this list this weekend. A lot of them, yes. But not all of them. I feel REALLY fat today.

What's your weakness(es)?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just got done with an awesome workout at the gym. That means I get to have extra mashed potatoes and stuffing, right? Enjoy the day, all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My First Incentive - Achieved!

Well I promised myself some flowers, which sort of coordinates nicely with tomorrow being Thanksgiving. Here they are.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's Your Goal?

My goal isn't to be a certain weight, or a certain size even. I have a ballpark figure of the weight I'd like to end up at, sure. But my goals are slightly more different than that. Here they are:

I want to run.
I want to climb several flights of stairs without getting winded.
I want to not be afraid to ride amusement park rides for fear I won't fit.
I want to be more physically active with my children.
I want to be a role model to my kids - for them to do as I do, not do as I say.
I want to not feel the need to hide the jeans I'm buying for fear that everyone will see how big they are (for real).
I want to view food as fuel.
I want to show my children that anything is attainable, even if at first you think it isn't.
I want to learn how to dance.
I want to wear dresses. (There. I said it, finally.)
I want to (comfortably) cross my legs.
I want to feel comfortable in my own skin.

What goals are you looking to accomplish?

Monday, November 22, 2010

1st Milestone / Daily Flog

First of all, I want to let you know I reached my first 10 pounds lost and feel fantastic about it! I'm ready for the next 10. My 10 pound incentive was to get fresh flowers for the kitchen table (something I very rarely do). I decided to hold off until Wednesday to do that so I'll be able to enjoy them with our Thanksgiving dinner - and as a reminder that there is more to come if I am mindful of what I take in.

That being said, my calorie count isn't bad today, but the choices I made to make up those calories were .... eh. Here's the good bad, and ugly:

Breakfast: One bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats w/ Peaches & milk. ROCKED!
Snack: 1/4 cup pistachios
Lunch: Buffalo Burger (made with soy chicken pattie, hamburger bun, 1/2T mayo, homemade buffalo sauce, slice of provolone cheese, and homemade buffalo sauce; ONE serving Schwan's Green Bean Fries.
Snack: 2 pop tarts (not very smart - heavy in calories and they made me feel like complete CRAP, emotionally and physically, after I ate them.
Dinner: another bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats w/ Peaches & milk. Quite possibly my new favorite cereal
Additional: chocolate-cherry rice crispie treat.

So while I didn't come near to going over my allotted calories for the day, I sure as hell wasn't balanced today either. I did drink lots of water, though (80 oz) and now generally feel good.

How are ya'll doing out there? If you are not able to comment, please email me at - I'm not sure if there's something up with the comments on my blog lately. Thanks guys!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Preparing for the Calorie Apocalypse

Thanksgiving will be on Thursday for those of us in the United States and traditionally that means a LOT of eating. My family is 98% vegetarian (meaning we're primarily vegetarian but fall off the wagon 2% of the time). So we don't go balls-out and make a huge turkey. For me there are only 3 things I need to make it a Thanksgiving dinner: stuffing, mashed potatoes, and asparagus.

My mother-in-law joins us for Thanksgiving dinner every year and it's usually just our little family and her. She LOVES to cook and because she lives by herself, she usually likes to cook enough to feed about 820 people on an occasion like this.

This year, however, I have a plan! She volunteered to bring the apple salad. Awesome! I told her should could also bring the bread (my 6 year old chose biscuits). I was going to make pecan pie (my husband's favorite) and pumpkin pie (my favorite). That seemed like too much temptation, so we decided to ask Aron's mom to bring her world-famous (well, it should be) pumpkin roll.

My 6 year old also picked my homemade mac and cheese. So, we're having a carb-fest for Thanksgiving this year: Mac and cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, biscuits, and pumpkin roll. My plan is to eat a LITTLE of all these things.

Also in my plan is to go light the rest of the week to make up for the indulgences of so many carbs. I'm also planning an additional trip to the gym or two.

How will you tackle Thanksgiving this year? For our friends in other countries - how do you tackle food-driven holidays?

Busy Week

It's been a busy week, to say the least. We started out the week with 3 of the 4 members of my family being sick with a stomach flu. I was the lone healthy one. Thank goodness everyone is back to normal now. It was a long couple of days!

Mid-week we got an early shipment of goodies we ordered for our webstore, Fun Beyond Driven. We had a TON of pre-orders to send out so that took up the bulk of the latter part of the week. And of course there's hockey. Our beloved Blues seem to have FINALLY snapped their playing sucky losing streak.

But what's that all amount to in the weight loss department. Well, things have been going well-ish. I've been flogging, (logging my food consumption) and I've been really trying to get in that magical water stuff everyone's been raving about. Exercise has been "eh." The sickness wiped out that thought the beginning part of the week and it was a downhill slide from there.

So with renewed vigor I plan to continue eating well (Thanksgiving plan to come later today) and visit my gym at least 3 times this week.

What's your plan for the week? I've noticed we've gotten lots of visitors here lately and I'd love to have everyone participate. Let's go on this path together! Everyone could use all the support and help they can get!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Devil and Girl Scout Cookies / Flog of The Day

I have a theory, and it's not very pretty. I think the devil has something to do with Girl Scout cookies. It's completely stupid how completely addicting these things are. My oldest daughter is a first year Girl Scout and thus sold cookies for the first time this year. We only bought 4 boxes, and give them to our children sparingly. But then last night they chose the "purple" kind (they come in a purple box) for their after-dinner treat. "2 cookies each and that's it," I told them. They were content with that - until they tasted them. The "purple" kind is the kind that has the cookie center but is surrounded by caramel, chocolate, and toasted coconut. I'm seriously drooling just explaining them. They're called Samoas and they have been my vary favorite Girl Scout cookie since the olden days when *I* was a Girl Scout.

So last night I was good. I had 2. ONLY 2. Oh how I wanted more, but my children were watching and setting a good example is important to me. But today......oh my sweet lord, today was a different story. Read my FLOG for more information:

Breakfast: one bowl Quaker Oat Squares cereal with milk

Morning Snack: EIGHT Samoa Girl Scout Cookies. That's right. I said EIGHT. Not my brightest moment.The only thing that stopped me from eating more was the thought that my girls might like to have more of them sometime. I swear to god, I could have eaten the ENTIRE box.

Lunch: 1 cup macaroni and cheese, 1/2 cup corn

PM Snack: None

Dinner:2 slices of Pizza

Water Consumption:32 measly ounces.

Tomorrow will be better. My family has been battling a stomach flu. I have been the only one unscathed. So far.

Off the track!

Today's feeling like it's going off the track food-wise. Couple of reasons for that that I'll blog about later. But I've decided that as of right now, 12:01pm CDT, the train is back on the track and it's full speed ahead. Sorry, those are the only train metaphors I know. I'll try and think of more for later.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

10 Pound Incentives

So I'm kind of all about rewards. I've decided to not look at this journey as "losing 100 pounds." I've kind of re-christened it "Losing 100 pounds, 10 pounds at a time." I'm looking to lose 10, then another 10, then another 10, and so on.

What I think I'd like to do, though, is have some sort of (non-food) "reward" to look forward to at each mark. I'd like them to be relatively inexpensive, with possibly the 50 pound and 100 pound mark being new clothes (because I know I'll need them).

Question: Do you all have any ideas for what those small rewards could be? Help! I'm not so great at thinking of things to get and/or do for myself!

Shakeology, The 3 Day Cleanse Post Game Show

So I'm one day removed from the 3 day cleanse I did this week. What I want to start out saying is that I lost a little under 4 pounds while on the cleanse which is great. However, while I feel great physically, my greatest breakthrough has come on the mental homefront. I realized so much about my eating habits and my emotional choices when it comes to food in just 3 days. I feel like I know myself a little better now and can help myself make better choices.

To wrap up, the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse consists of three days of identical eating habits. Each day you get 3 Shakeology drink packets to blend up into a shake, a couple of pieces of fruit, and a salad consisting of: 3 cups of greens, 4 ounces of protien, and 2 Tablespoons of fat free dressing. Plus all the water you'd like. AND THAT'S IT.

Day 1 Observations:

I realized on day one just how much I stuff in my mouth while I cook. And we're talking 3 meals a day here. Even if it's getting the kids a bowl of cereal, I'd normally take a handful of their cereal and eat it while I was fixing my bowl. WHY? It's not like that handful is going to stave off my hunger while it takes all of 32 seconds to pour a bowl of cereal for myself. I eat it, simply and quite disgustingly, BECAUSE IT'S THERE. I also will eat off my children's plates when they've had enough and I'm cleaning up the dishes. Gross, I know, but it's something I've done for a LONG time. (Until Tuesday, that is)

On Day 1 I was pretty sure I couldn't stick with it all the way through to the end. I was hungry as in, "Eh...I could eat." But not, "I swear to God I will rip your face off if you don't find me a Triscuit." I did, however, try to psych myself out with a lot of, "What the hell am I doing this for anyway?" "Why don't I just eat normally and pretend to be doing the cleanse. Nobody will know!" and "I fucking hate you, Shakeology."

Day 2 Observations
On Day 2, I woke up expecting to secretly want to eat my own shoe. That is not the case! I woke up feeling normal and having a lot of energy. I started thinking, "Maybe I can do this." I had some bumps in the road with the consisency of the Shakeology shake at lunch but got those details hammered out with the help of my brother (and Shakeology guru), Lou.

I was amazed at how few calories I could survive on and kept track all day the previous day and that day of my calories at I ended the day on a much more positive note, ready to meet day 3 and completely kick it's ass.

Day 3 Observations
Day 3 was the gem of all three. I had so much confidence and knew I was going to stare the day down and WIN. And I did. It was awesome. I realized that I'm going to HAVE to count calories if I'm going to be this weight loss thing. I've always been resistant to it saying it's too much work, I don't want to do the math, etc. Well you know what? Boo-freaking-hoo. So I'm going to have to do some addition. So freaking what. Actually, does all that for me, and the process makes me so aware of what's going on with my fitness goals.

Overall I would completely recommend the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse. It's not always easy, but the revelations that I went through about my habits are something that will stay with me for a long time. I'm not saying that the cleanse cured my demons (I have issues I'll be working on for a very long time to come), but I am saying that the cleanse made me aware of a lot of areas I can work on. And that, my friends, is half the battle. I love the outlook I have about the process now!

If you're interested in trying out the Shakeology 3 Day cleanse, or any other Beachbody product, please contact my brother, Lou Lucero, and he'll get you set up. Shoot him an email at

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shakeology Day 3, I did it!

Day 3 of my cleanse is coming to a close. I didn't follow it to a "T" as I have an extra shake packet left (just couldn't bring myself to drink one more shake this afternoon/evening), but guess what? I feel pretty good! I feel like I've really finally done something here. Like this three day cleanse has been a springboard to something even bigger.

More than anything, this cleanse made me feel AWARE.

I'll do a full review tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shakeology Day 2 Wrap Up: Revelations

Well, I had a bit of difficulty with my Shakeology today - and that was the texture of it. Last night's didn't go so well at all, I just could not get it down. When not blended with ice, to me it has the consistency of thin-ish pudding and I just couldn't choke it down. The flavor is pleasant enough. This morning I nursed my breakfast Shakeology (blended with some ice, water, and a frozen banana). But my lunchtime shake did NOT want to stay in my belly. So it decided to hold a mutiny. Not pretty.

I talked to Lou from Journey To Fitness and he suggested some things to help with the consistency of the shake and my 3rd shake of the day (in the afternoon) went much better.

I feel like I'm having revelation after revelation. You know how I talked yesterday about how much I "graze" while preparing food? I came to some other realizations today too:

* I can survive on WAY less food that I have been previously stuffing in my face.
* Good nutrients going in = WAY more energy
* 4 ounces of chicken is a lot more than I thought.
* 2 tablespoons of salad dressing is PLENTY for THREE cups of salad! Who knew you don't have to completely drown your salad?
* Consuming only slightly over 500 calories yesterday DID NOT leave me so hungry this morning that I wanted to eat my shoe. I totally thought it would, but it didn't.
* I can do this. I really CAN do this.
* Food is just Food. It doesn't have to have a damn hold on me.
* WANTING food and NEEDING food are two completely different things.
* I have a lot of food issues I need to address. Talking with my brother really helps, because he *gets* it and understands exactly where I'm coming from.

I'm interested in seeing what happens when Friday morning hits and I'm "allowed" food again. Friday is grocery shopping day. I feel ready to make a lot of healthy choices. I'm starting to learn when my "danger zones" of the day are for when I make not-so-great food choices and I'm planning on how I should attack them.

I'm really excited, folks.

All in all, Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse, Day 2 has been a success. Looking forward to day 3!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shakeology Day 1 Wrap Up (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)

Well, I'm still alive and that counts for something, right? All in all, my first day of the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse wasn't horrible. I came to a lot of realizations today, namely:


Seriously, I always kind of new I was a "taster" when I'm cooking (and believe you me, I freaking LOVE to cook). But today really brought to light how MUCH I do it. As I was preparing lunch for my own daughter and my daycare children I realized that no less than 10 times did I have to stop my hand from bringing some unneeded food to my mouth. And that's just making lunch for kids. I also noticed it when I was preparing dinner for my own family. If I could substitute carrot sticks, or celery sticks (I love both) and water for that snacking, that would be much better than what I have been doing. How many calories have I consumed over the years doing this? It all goes back to my dieting myth of "If nobody sees you eat it, it doesn't count." And , "If it's shaped like a circle that means it has zero calories."



....especially when all you've had to eat all day was 2 Shakeology shakes and some water. It was a fantastic, wonderful salad and I look forward to the one from tomorrow as well.

Those things were good. Here's a "bad":

I couldn't get down my 3rd Shakeology of the day. Maybe the mistake I made was trying to drink it without having blended it with ice. But the texture just stuck in my throat and I just couldn't do it. So is telling me I've only had 560 calories today. Can that be right?

I'm ready to start tomorrow. I hope the texture thing works itself out with the Shakeology. I'll go back to using a frozen banana in my shake for the morning and see how it goes.

The Ugly:
I don't have anything ugly to say about the experience! I was really terrified nervous before starting the cleanse. And there have been moments today where I've told myself, "You can't do this. It's too hard." This is where I push through and make myself BELIEVE I can do this.

Guest Blog Post - from Journey To Fitness

Today I thought I'd have a guest blogger stop by. Today's guest blogger is Lou (who happens to be my big brother). Lou runs things over at Journey To Fitness and is an Independent Beachbody Coach (Beachbody are the fine folks who bring you such things as Shakeology and the wildly popular P90X workout system). Here's Lou's take on what I call "flogging" - or, in other words, keeping a food journal.

Apocolypse of Food (write it down!)
Fear may be the mindkiller, but food is the workout killer.

What do i mean by that? Well someone can workout all the time, but if they eat Twinkies like they are going out of style then they should not expect much weight loss.

I use one of those fancy city boy iPhone apps to track my calories. And that's all well and good when i use it. Thing is, that its easy to get sidetracked. You have to make an effort to write down your food everyday. During the week its easy to do because i have a decent structure with work and after work family activities. Its even easy to stay away from the sweets at work. See, I work in an office and there are always candy, and cookies and cake and some kind of other boatloads of crap temping people to eat poorly. But what happens during the weekend?

Well you see the weekend is more loosely scheduled and I forget to write my food intake into my fancy app. So what good does the app do if you only write down food during the week when you are good and not during the weekend when you are eating garbage?? So its an effort of discipline. I'm just trying to make it a habit of inputting the data once I'm done eating. even if that means I'm away from home.

My calorie goal is around 2000 calories a day. and I figure that's a good amount to get since I'm doing beach body's Insanity (gratuitous plug: you can get Insanity and any other beach body product from me, your humble beach body coach) which burns about 1000 calories a workout.

But hey, wait a minute, why write your food intake down anyway?

From Health News via ediets:
“The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost,” said Kaiser Permanente lead author Jack Hollis Ph.D. “Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories.”

The average weight loss over 6 months was roughly 13 pounds, with more than two-thirds of the nearly 1,700 participants losing at least 9 pounds. Those who participated were asked to follow the heart-healthy DASH diet, which is rich in fruits and vegetables, attend weekly support group sessions and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, as well as tracking what they ate. Participants who used their daily food journals doubled their results." (from:

That's impressive! All the more reason to write food intake down. Get started today with a fancy app for your phone or other device, do it on your computer, or go old school with a pad of paper!

Shakeology, Day 1 (Morning)

I'm starting the 3 day cleanse today with Shakeology. So far, so good. They recommend that you start the day with green or detox tea. I hate tea, so that was really a struggle to get down. Kind of made me want to vomit. But with a water chaser it was quickly forgotten. Then I made my Shakeology of the's chocolate flavored and you blend it with 8 to 10 oz of water. I chose to have my mid-morning fruit WITH my breakfast Shakeology and put a frozen banana in with the shake. I blended it with some ice to make it thicker. I've to to say, I'm VERY pleasantly surprised with it. It makes a good dead more than I thought it would and it's really tasty. My kids even liked it when they tasted it.

So now, just the rest of the day. I'll update tonight on how the rest of day 1 goes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Flog / 11/08/2010

I did it. I flogged every damn last thing I ate today. And I kept accountable all day. Here's the damage:

Breakfast: Apple, 16oz water
Mid morning: 16 oz water
Lunch: BBQ Soy Burger (Soy burger, hamburger bun, 2T BBQ sauce, slice provolone cheese, 1/4 c pineapple tidbits, 1T Mayo, 1 slice sandwich stacker pickle, mustard), 1/2 C mac and cheese, 1 C peas, 16oz water
Mid afternoon: 1oz monterey jack cheese, 4 club crackers, 16 oz water
Dinner: 2 Potato / Bean tacos (made with refried beans, potatoes, soy sausage, onions, lettuce, 1oz cheese, taco sauce on crunchy taco shells), 12 oz water\
Mid evening: One piece of homemade vegan banana bread, 1/2 c milk

Seems like a lot, and I was satisfied all day. I stayed within my target calories for the day and I feel good about that. You'll also notice I drank a lot of water today - 76 oz worth.

Tomorrow begins my 3 Day Shakeology Cleanse!

A Gain....So What?

I gained 1.2 this week. I kind of knew I would. But back on track and on task. I have my week planned out and sometimes a gain is a wake up call. Well I'm answering the phone!

It's a new week, ya'll!

Here we are. Monday morning. The best time of week for being optimistic about your goals, and about setting those goals high. It's going to be a good week for me, I can just feel it. Tomorrow I'm starting my Shakeology Three Day Cleanse, and I'm pretty excited about it. I think that a cleanse is just what my lardy self needs.

Now I'm not one to drink soda, but let's be honest here. I freaking love sugar. I love sweets - candy, cookies, cake, chocolate, etc. I love all of it. I also thoroughly enjoy cheese and most ever other dairy product known to man. It's probably a good idea to give the ol' digestive system a good flushing, as it were. The Shakeology Three Day Cleanse looks like a great way to do that.

Also, I'm taking my "Becoming Friends With My Water Cup" to a new level this whole next week. My goal is at least 60 ounces per day. My other goal? Getting back to flogging and sharing with ya'll. My 3 pound loss week was mostly because of my flogging and being accountable. Time to get back on that train.

In summation (as if this were some science experiment), my goals for the week are:

* Successfully complete the Shakeology Three Day Cleanse
* Consume at least 60 ounces of water per day
* Flog daily

I hope each and every one of you has a great week with your goals - fitness or otherwise. What's one of your goals for the week?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Making Friends With My Water Cup

Today I vow to drink water all day, without fail. And lots of it. What small step are you vowing to make today?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Good Talk, Good Times

My brother Lou and I have always shared a lot in common. We've both got a similar twisted sense of humor. We both agree that Boone's Farm is about as gourmet-wine as we get. We were both always the fattest of the 4 kids in our family. He and I have always shared a love of food. As adults we still shared a love of food but we also got fatter together, despite the fact that we live 1900 miles away from each other.

He's inspired me to get serious about this fitness stuff. I've seen a strength in him this past year that has just knocked my socks off. He has lost a lot of weight so far and has become an Independent Beachbody Coach, helping others on their Journey To Fitness. He is rockin' this thing with a commitment that is just incredible.

I got a chance to just chat with him today which was really just what I needed. Yeah we talked some fitness stuff, and he came up with some great ideas for me. Mostly, though, talking to him just helps bring me back to reality with weight-loss and so much more. I'm so glad to be able to call him my brother and my friend.

Checkin' In

Just a quickie: This morning I bought a new pair of jeans in a size lower than I normally have been wearing. I decided NOT to try them on first (so as to avoid depression in the store) and I thought if they don't fit, I'll keep them and they'll fit soon. But they fit! And they're comfortable! YAHOO!

7:43 and all is well

I'm up. I'm determined. I'm not all exercisy this morning but mostly because I overslept. My fault. I was up at 3:00 with my oldest who had a bad dream. And of course she wanted to finish out the night in bed w/ my husband and I. Only problem with that being that our youngest already had that idea. So the 4 of us were crammed into our modest queen-sized bed. That meant mom got little to no sleep after that. Which was ok. She needed me and I could comfort her. That's what it's all about.

Exercise will be rescheduled for today at nap time. That is all.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

wishy washy

I've been too damn wishy washy. Sometimes I feel a little bi-polar when it comes to this whole weight loss thing. "I'M COMPLETELY COMMITTED, I'M GOING TO DO THIS! YEAH!" And then two days later, "I suck at this, I'm going to be fat forever."

And that's probably true if I don't do something about it. It's so much easier to go to the stupid Halloween candy bowl (and tastier) than getting a healthy snack, or (gasp!) not snacking at all. I am so in love with the idea that fit people have that "food is fuel." They're totally right but why the hell does it have to be so yummy? I know I've got "food issues" going way back. Someday I'm sure I'll uncover them. But I find myself waking in the morning saying, "It's gonna be a great day!" And then around 10AM saying, "Fuck it, I'm going to have more tootsie rolls."

Incidentally, I cleaned out half of the Halloween loot. I donated it to one of the local offices I have to go to occasionally. 2 older ladies work there who don't have the benefit (?) of taking kids trick-or-treating, therefore they have no candy. So I thought I'd share the wealth. I plan on taking half with me any time I have the opportunity to "donate" it in this way. The cool thing is that I was upfront with Lilly (my oldest) who said, "That was nice, mom. Those ladies probably missed out on Halloween. Now they have treats too." Truth is, she'll get bored with the treats in a couple of weeks (they're rationed out to one per night IF she eats a good dinner). It would take a LONG time for her and her sister to finish off all the Halloween candy.

So, my plan for this week is to eliminate most of my temptation foods from the pantry and shop smart this week at the supermarket. I could say until doomsday that I'm going to have this awesome will power, but to be honest I'm just not there yet. So having no temptation in the house (or at least severely minimizing it) will help in that respect. I'm a chick with a plan. Now just to follow through.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Haven't Been Flogging...

Hey. I haven't been keeping my Flog I was so excited about last week and you'll never guess what. I have gotten off track. Not by leaps and bounds, but this Halloween candy has got to f-ing go. I think I'll take some of it all of it to the bank for them to hand out or set out or some damn thing.

Starting tomorrow: 21 Day Challenge with my fellow blogger Shannon. No being off-program. No excuses. 21 Days. That's it. Go from there. I can do 21 days.

More to post tomorrow.
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