Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rocked My Run!

For the first time today I ran more than I walked. I felt GREAT even though it was Hot as Hell!. No side-stich either:)

For the first time I actually liked running. I can't believe it. I felt strong and empowered! I think I will make a goal for myself to run in my first 5K.

Now it's off to spend the day at the pool with my little guys:) Stay cool out there.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Side Stich - OUCH! Help!

I waited until the evening to work out tonight. It's been so hot that I thought after my boys were in bed and the heat of the day had subsided would be a good time for a jog. I was feeling great! I started with a fast walk to get warmed up before I started running. Almost immediately once I started jogging I felt the pain in my right side, that cramp, that painful stich in my side that forced me to walk when I really felt like running, for once.

I still made it through my 2 miles at a good pace but feel less then thrilled about my workout. Anyone else experience these side stiches? I can remember even getting them in PE class when running as a kid.

...Frustrated

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The More Support the Better!

Start Weight: 155 lbs

I am participating in Summer Slimmin' Challenge. My short term summer goal is to lose 10 pounds from today through August 6. That is less then 2 pounds a week. I have gone from no exercise and eating whatever I want to working out 4-5 times a week and counting every calorie I put in my mouth!

My long term goal is to ultimately break the 130 lbs mark to bring myself back down to the same weight I was last summer. It's hard work and I can't say it's that much fun. I need all the help I can get to stay motivated!

Mystery Solved: Why We are Fat!

Portion Size.

Since I have been counting my calories for the past few weeks I have become so much more aware of how many calories are in certain meals and snacks. The information I have gathered is frightening.

Right now I am looking at the snack I'm eating. I decided to grab a bag at the Gas Mart near my office. I needed something salty! I finally settled on a bag of Rold Gold Pretzel Thins and a bottle of Fuze to quinch my thirst. I really wanted to treat myself to Fritos or Potato Chips but the calorie count was just too high for me to "stomach."

Case in point:

I purchased the $0.99 bag which contains 2-5/8 oz. If you glance at the back of the back you will see 110 calories. Not too bad....but WAIT! If you look again you will see that there are actually 2.5 servings in the bag. 2.5! Let's do the math, shall we?

Pretzels:
110 calories X 2.5 servings = 275 calories

Fuze Beverage:
10 caloris X 2 servings = 20 calories (not too bad but you get the point)

Why in the world would you pre package more then one serving in a snack size bag? I'm fairly certain most people just assume one little bag of chips or pretzels is ONE SERVING. We are basically eating at least double the portions of the food we eat.

So there you have it folks. It seems so obvious now, doesn't it? Of course if you are reading this I am probably just preaching to the choir!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Reminded










I was reminded this weekend just how much I like spending alone time with my family. I'm talking, REAL alone time, when it's just the 4 of us. For me, this is the time when my boys are truly themselves. It's those quiet moments that no one gets to see but you that I truly cherish.

We spent a weekend in West Virginia at my best friends cabin. It was her and her likely soon to be fiance. They don't have kids, yet. Needless to to say they have only just begun to appreciate the noise and chaos that comes with kids. I can't wait until they can experience it first hand. I've forgotten what it's like to be a couple with no kids. I'm sure they went home exhausted and wondering if they would ever be up for the challenge, LOL!

It was during those quiet walks,swims in the river and throwing rocks when I wasn't worried about how they were behaving in front of other people that I love and make it all worth it. The bug bites, not so much.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Heart is on my Sleeve


I wear my heart on my sleeve, always have. For some reason I can't help it and I can't hide it. This is not a good quality to have, I consider it my weakness. Throughout my life I have battled what I would call Blue Feelings. Not necessarily depression, just blues. Sometimes I can snap out of it quickly and other times the blues just linger under the surface of my happiness like fog.

Feeling blue today for not any reason at all. Hope it shakes free from me soon...

I have so many things to be grateful for and so many things that bring me joy and happiness that the blues shouldn't be here, but they are. I hate it.

Maybe I'll start a new meme...Beat the Blues...or something. What are you blue about? How do you plan to turn it around?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Could it be??? Loser Pants?

Maybe is was just today but mid morning it occurred to me that the shorts I was wearing were not quite as snug as I remember them being the last time! I'm secretly so excited. I don't want to dare weigh-in again or measure my hips...just in case. It feels good though! Looking forward to a great weigh-in on Friday:)

PS: Looking for support from other weight-busters...join the Fat to Fit Blog Hop!



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Weigh In - 154.8 lbs

OK. It's not much but at least it's in the negative direction!!! I would have expected a little more but had a pretty relaxed weekend food & beverage wise...T-Ball Cookout, Eating Out, and Get-Togethers with the neighbors adds up to a lot of extra calories.

This little bit of loss is motivating to me still! I have been on track this week with the exercise and plan on increasing the length of my cardio sessions to 45 minutes if possible.

I'm not sure I'll feel like any of my hard work has really paid off until I break the 150 mark...why is it so easy to put on and so hard to take off???

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Great Mom Day

Today was just great. It was my last day of a 9 day reversed schedule which allowed my to be at home in the morning and afternoons with my boys. I was just getting into a routine with them and now it has to come to an end and I'm really sad about it.

I love being home with them during the week. The weekends are great too but it's different when it's just me and them.

We got up and did our regular routine of an easy breakfast, computer time for me and Wii time for them. Then we went on a 30 minute jog (Muffin in the stroller and Puck on his bike). Then it was off to grocery shop at Super Target, clean up the kitchen, lunch, and pool!

We spent a lot of time at the pool this past week including 3 hours today! We all love the pool. Puck is swimming on his own and exploring floating and picking toys up off the bottom of the pool. It makes me so proud to see him developing this new skill and with so much confidence.

Muffin ate the grilled cheese sandwich I made him for dinner, and it made me want to cry for joy. I've read more bedtime stories this week too and have enjoyed it as much as they have.

I feel like I'm missing more everyday that I'm not home with them and it just gets worse as they are growing.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Bathing Suit

I bought a new bathing suit today. I stood in the dressing room for 10 minutes trying to decided between the regular bikini cut bottom or the bottom that has a built in skirt. I bought the skirt. I hate that I have to have the skirt in order to be able to walk around the pool without wondering what all my neighbors think about my thunderous thighs and rear end. It's all about feeling good though right? The skirt makes me feel...better. Last summer I was wearing a bikini. I REAL black and white polka dot bikini and now I'm back in the skirt. Sigh....

Facts aside, I'm, still excited about wearing my new bathing suit to the pool tomorrow with my baby boys:)

It was a crazy food weekend so I'm not looking forward to my next weigh-in but I know I am heading in a much better direction then I was a few week ago!

It's Working

It's working. I can feel my hard work starting to pay off just a little bit. I'm down 6 pounds which makes me so happy.

The calorie counting has proven to be huge for me. If I know exactly what I'm eating then I can make sure I don't over do it. Before now I really had no idea how many calories I was eating on a daily basis. I also am shocked by how many calories are in some meals, especially when eating out. I feel like now I'm in control and I make the decisions about what I'm putting in my body.

Exercise is coming along too. Already I have more energy. Yesterday I took the boys for a bike ride. I think I could really get into biking long distances. These short legs of mine seemed to be made for it.

I need to take a photo of me so I will have a better before photo. Look for that coming soon:)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summertime







Summer, I love it. I have always been a lover of sun, sand, and surf. When I was a kid my mother would drop us off at the pool for swim practice in the morning and pick us up at 5:30. We would be there all day and without sunscreen I might add. I'm so thankful that we get to go to the beach often and that there is a great pool right in our neighborhood.

Yesterday I had Puck's end of the year Parent/Teacher conference. Around New Years all the kids made secret wishes which the teacher placed in their portfolios. Pucks wish..."I wish the pool would open." It made me smile:-)

Everyday Puck and Muffin ask if we can go to the pool. I guess they get it from me:)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lose It - iPhone App, My New Bible

If you have been trying to lose weight and watch what you eat, you HAVE to get this great App! Lose It! for your iPhone helps you establish what your weight loss goals are and what you should eat (and how much of it) to lose the weight you want.

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I love this App and by using it I have lost almost 5 pounds. I have it set to lose 2 pounds a week. I can enter the food I eat as I go along through my day and I always know how many calories I have left to enjoy. If I get in a jog I can add that in as well (which means I can eat more calories if I'm hungry)!

I'm learning what the right size portions of all kinds of food look like. I've been measuring and/or weighing my food to be as accurate as possible and really reading labels for the first time in my life.

It has Supermarket Food Brands and Restaurants to make it super convenient. You can also create your own foods. Visit Loseit.com to read more about it. Did I mention the app is FREE? Who doesn't love free?!? Happy calorie counting!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mom Sexy



Do you follow The Mommyologist? She has a great thing going lately with Mom Sexy. You know, how to bring back your sexy now that you are a mom. Mom Sexy 101 and an absolute must read for all moms out there that need or want to bring back a little of their former sexy because after all moms ARE SEXY! It's all about feeling good about yourself, just the way you are. You must check it out.

I've been thinking a lot lately how I can bring back my sexy, or at least feel sexy. I've been working really hard on shaving off these extra pounds that really bother me. 3.2 lbs gone and I'm feeling sexier already. I also have another plan....a nose piercing. Yep, I want to pierce my nose. Not a big hoop or anything that would conjure up images of a pirate. Just a nice tiny tasteful and SEXY stud:) Check out Kelly Clarkson's....you have to look closely to see it, which is exactly what I want.
What are you going to do to bring back your sexy???

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sleep Already!




OK. I'm super pissed. I need MORE sleep and by MORE sleep I mean MORE sleep in the morning. MORE sleep later in the morning. Everyday I go to work and I have to be out of the house by 6:30/6:45 AM.

This morning I was awakened by...

5:00 AM: My 5 year old wanting to crawl in bed with me. I gave him 5 minutes and took him back to his own bed.

5:30 AM: Meowing and scratching sounds. I get out of bed again and go downstairs to look for the cat. I actually find her upstairs locked in the office. Did I mention how painful it is to actually walk down the stairs since doing the 30 Day Shred Video?

6:00 AM: I hear the dog peeing in his crate, since it's right next to my bed. Super. As I go to take him outside, Puck, my 5 year old, comes out of his room playing his DS and I'm wondering how long he has been awake??? Puck takes the dog downstairs for me. I crawl back in bed again. Keep in mind I have not had one minute of sleep since before 5 AM.

6:07 AM: Puck and Neo come back to my room to inform me that Neo went Poop AND Pee! Whoo Freakin Hoo.

I guess I'll get up now. Hubs is like, "Are you mad?" (since he is staying in bed) as I'm huffing and puffing about having to get up way too early. No I'm not mad. I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted and we have a T-Ball game at 9:00 AM and then I have to work 8+ hours at a Dance Studio photographing 100's of little dancers in rapid succession and then I have to do it all over again on Sunday; and NO this is not for my business so I'm not making any extra cash, just giving up my weekend.

Enjoy the photos...this is what I which I was doing.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred

For today's post please click HERE!

Losing the Flab

As some of you already know I have been trying to lose weight for a while now. After a freak stress induced weight loss last Spring/Summer I have packed on 30 pounds and I HATE it.

I'll admit that as much as I want to lose the weight I haven't been that motivated to do much about it except whine and complain and drink more Micholob Ultra Lime Beer and buy clothes that are 3 sizes larger then what I wore a year ago.

As luck would have it one of my neighbors is a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. She also happens to be expecting her 2nd baby:) I can't afford a personal trainer but I do have something to trade, photography. We have decided to barter our services! Personal Training for Portrait Sessions and Pictures!

Now I am accountable to someone other then myself...and I think it's going to work this time. She did a whole assessment and took all my measurements...eek! I'm using a great app on my iPhone called "Lose It" that helps me plan how much weight I want to lose each week and how many calories I can consume to meet those goals along with all kinds of exercise!

I'm also scheduling regular workouts for myself including cardio, strength training, and Yoga.

Last night she had me do this DVD since I have so little time to schedule workouts. It's a 20 minute video with Jillian Michaels that packs Cardio, Strength Training, and Abs into 20 minutes of pure hell!


I loved it and I can feel the soreness in my body today that tells me I have been out of shape for way to long. If you are trying to get in shape for bathing suit season you should give this a try. You'll also need a set of 5 pound weights. (Somehow 5 pounds feels like 50 once you are 10 minutes into this DVD)

Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beach Boys




We spent a glorious Memorial Day Weekend in my favorite beach town. We are lucky that my father keeps a tiny little condo near the ocean and we get to go play in whenever we want.

The boys have grown up there over many weeks at the beach. Every time I'm there I don't want to come home. If I could convince Hubs, and don't think I haven't tried, that we should move there...I would be gone tomorrow.
Alas, for now it's only our getaway place. Life seems slower there. Life seems quieter there. I love everything about it. I love that the boys can literally entertain themselves for hours in the water and on the sand. Neo, the dog even loved it!

Why are we as Americans so tied to our jobs and status and debt. Other countries place such a higher value on vacation and family time. I'd give up my whole house to live in a small condo near the beach. I would get up every weekend and walk on the beach and sip hot delicious coffee while the waves washed up around my feet.