Sunday, July 17, 2011


Why do we have hormones? They just make us crazy. I was a crazy person this weekend. My girly time was NOT nice to me this weekend. I made some VERY poor choices when it came to eating and exercising. As in too much eating and too little exercise. My weight was up this weekend too. So disappointing since it was such a victory for me last week. It however is not an end point. A well I gave it a good shot so now i'll just go back to where I was. No, this is a change in me and that isn't happening. Life will go back to normal tomorrow and i'll be right back to where I should be. I just want to say I hate speed-bumps but life is full of them. I got over this one and I know i'll get over the next one too.

Last Friday Nicole and I did something so fun and out of our comfort zones. We took an aerial yoga class at Mindful Movements Studio. The first class was free so check them out. Anyway we got there and I was unbelievably nervous. I struggled to get on the fabric at first and so I just calmed myself down and told myself that it is mind over body. That was so true. We were rocking it. We even got to do the falling angel on our first visit which is an intermediate move. Here are some moves that we did during our class. I am definitely going to reach out of my comfort zone and do something fun and good for me once a month. Hopefully Nicole or another person can join me because it is so fun to share those memories!

So, I hope that even if you had a bad weekend, week, month, year, etc that you don't give up on yourself. You are worth changing yourself, your family is worth it, your Creator is worth it. Write your goal weight on your arm, plan your meals, and rock this next week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Good burn and less time

I figured out today that if I walk fast at an incline of 10 I can burn 1000 calories in an hour instead of what I was doing for 90 minutes. Today I burned 1011 calories. It was kind of funny because the treadmill couldn't register the 10. It just looked like some squiggles and then the 11. I did well with eating today but I forgot to track my lunch and dinner. I will have to focus on that tomorrow.

Now on to the "looks" side of things. I have lost 14lbs so far. I am super proud of that! I can see results in the fact that I now wear a 14 instead of a 16 but just looking at myself in the mirror or in pictures I can't see a difference yet. There is a giant difference from where I first started at 220lbs. I am wondering if there will be a magic weight that I get to where I will be able to see it. I am definitely hoping that it comes sooner than later. I am the type of person who gets discouraged if I don't see results. Not that I am close to that right now but I am hoping that 20lbs gone will see a visible change in my body. Hope you guys are all staying on track!

Declaring my number

My birthday is 52 days/7 weeks away. My weight is currently 185lbs and on that day, 9/3, I would like to weigh 169.9lbs. That is a weight loss of 15lbs or a hair over 2lbs a week. This is definitely acheivable and it will put me at a weight I haven't seen in a good decade. I honestly don't want gifts, cards, or anything else. I just want to see the 160's on my birthday. There you have it. I have declared it and now I want/need accountability and encouragement so I can make it happen.

Today I worked out for 90 minutes. I burned 870 calories and was bummed because I could have done better but I had horrible acid reflux. I couldn't run so I walked at a fast pace at an incline of 10 for 30 minutes, got on the bike for 30 minutes, and then finshed up on the treadmill for the last 30 minutes. I find that my acid reflux is horrible if I exercise after I eat so I have to stop doing that. So my goal is to be ready to go to the gym as soon as Steve gets home so I can workout and then come home and make dinner. How are your goals coming along?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

No excuses!

You have no excuse not to get in a least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I mean, come on there are multiple opportunities for it. Walk/jog in place while watching tv, pop in a video before bed, run around with your kids, heck even doing chores counts if you want it to. (Bonus! You get the house cleaned super fast) Today my parents came to visit and I love spending time with them and watching them interact with Lilly. They didn't leave until 11pm and I definitely could have said well, there's no time for me to exercise today. However, I asked Steve to get Lilly ready for bed and I threw on some workout clothes and ran 1.5 miles outside in this beautiful weather. Yeah, it's not a ton but I got in a burn and my scale will thank me tomorrow. Once you dump all the excuses and start living life you'll make time for what is really important. Being healthy for yourself and your family should be at the top of the list.

Now time for my girly screaming. Today I am pleased to announce the satan scale read 189.8lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Can I tell you how great that feels? I NEVER, EVER, EVER want to see 190 again! Auf Wiedersehen, ciao, sayonara, so long sucka! My new goal for the scale is 185. I posted it on my arm already so I am ready to go.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Family Bike Ride!

Steve finally got a bike tonight! I am beyond excited. I have been wanting to take family bike rides for over a year now. Thank you so much Jessi for giving him your old bike! We went to the canal and through the IUPUI campus. I have no clue how far we biked but it was a blast. These are the types of activities I want to be doing with my family. I want these to be the memories that Lilly keeps as she grows up.

Back to my weigh loss. As you well know I waged a war with my scale. It weighs me 4lbs heavier than all other scales. I have been doing my weekly weigh-in on the gym scale so that I have an accurate number that also keeps me sane. However I weigh myself daily on my satan scale and I STILL see a 190 number. So this week I took a leaf out of Jay's ( from The Biggest Loser) book and started writing the words "one eighty nine" on my arm daily as a constant reminder of what I am working towards. I have to say that it has been amazingly helpful. You can't help but see it no matter what you are doing. It has helped me eat better, track my foods better, and exercise better. So if you have a goal weight try doing this. If you have job restrictions put it some place unnoticeable to anyone but you. If you absolutly can't write it on your body try putting it up in your cubical, as the banner on your cell phone, on your rearview mirror in your car, etc. Also, make sure it is an attainable goal for that week only. Not your end goal weight. Happy goal making!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bike Ride

Lilly and I went for a bike ride today to get myself some exercise and spend some quality time with her. I tried a new trail today so I made sure that I waited until Steve could go with us. I never want to go somewhere until I know it is safe. The trail was beautiful. It is nicely wooded and has lots of hills to make it interesting. It goes from Potter's Bridge Park to Forest Park. The trail can go even further on to Morse Lake so I think I will try that next time. All in all it was a fun ride and I got some good cardio in. I am hoping to find Steve a bike within a week so that we can all ride together. I really am trying to get in some fun family activity time that is free and good for us. Today has been great on the calorie front. I made a taco salad today that was to die for. I love it when healthy food tastes fantastic. I am definitely ready for my silly scale at home to put me in the 180s and for the gym scale to put me in the 170s. I'm ready to look as different as I feel. I hope you guys are doing well and keeping at it! Never forget your reasons for getting fit, healthy, and strong!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Splurge monster

The splurge monster came to visit me this weekend. It wasn't horrible, I was able to somewhat control the monster, but nevertheless he came. Now, don't get me wrong. It was a lot of fun and I don't at all feel like I failed and am going to quit. However, I do have a modicum of regret about my decision. I definitely don't want to have to lose a pound or so that I have already worked so hard to lose. What is done is done though and now back to business. Today has been pretty good but there was some leftover kettle corn that got in my way. Not enough to kill my calories today but not the best decision. Anyhoo, i'm hitting the restart button and it's all good. I'm off to go workout and see if I can burn another 1k calories. :)

Monday, July 4, 2011


That folks is how many calories I burned the other day at the gym. It only took me 90 minutes to do and would have been less had I been able to run a bit more. I had a goal in mind of 1000 calories to burn just to see how long it would take me and if I could even do it. I set the treadmill at 90 minutes and just went for it. With a combination of running and fast walking at an incline I was able to go 5.6 miles and burn 980 calories. Why would you want to burn that many calories you ask? I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser and how they always say "If I can do it, you can do it." I decided to put that to the test. I know that they burn 7000 calories a day but my point was is it even possible to burn 1000 like they say you can do. It only took me an extra 30 minutes of exercise and a little determination. Everyone has their block when they exercise. My personal block is getting past the 1.5-2 mile mark. Once i'm past it I can fly through my workouts. Don't give up on yourself. If you push through it you can accomplish amazing things!