Friday, December 31, 2010


Ugh! I knew this week would be bad with Christmas the day before my weigh in day. And...I was right. I gained 4.2 lbs this week. I didn't work out except for riding my bike one day and walking all over Portland and the zoo another. Whatever...

Friday, December 24, 2010


Well, it turned out to be a better week than I had anticipated. I worked out (officially) 4 days. Two on the treadmill and two on the elliptical, then we went to Portland for a couple of days and walked and walked and walked, all over the city. I ended up losing .6 this week which made me pretty happy. This next week should be interesting with two Christmases and just general "bad" food around. I'm even more leaning toward WW online in January...

Thursday, December 16, 2010


I WORKED OUT SIX DAYS THIS WEEK!!!! I did three days on the treadmill and three on the elliptical and even rode my bike one day (when it wasn't raining!). I was a little unsure of weighing Sunday morning because we went to a buffet dinner for the National Guard on Saturday night but surprisingly I actually lost .8 lb. Not sure when I'm going to weigh this next week because we're going away Friday-Sunday so I may just do it Monday morning. Still contemplating doing WW online in January, we'll see...

Monday, December 6, 2010


I don't know why I even make plans sometimes! The week started out great, I did the treadmill on Monday and the elliptical on Tuesday. Then...Wednesday morning I woke up with a sore throat, headache, the works and pretty much stayed in bed for two days. Friday and Saturday I actually got up and around but felt too weak to work out. So, this week I lost .4 lbs. Next Saturday is my husband's "formal" Christmas dinner for his Guard unit. I had hoped to lose some weight before then but I do have my dress and it fits and I feel comfortable in it so I'm not going to stress about it! Now to get through a birthday, Christmas, New Years.........

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Not a good week, at all. I came home from Texas on Monday evening and a family issue came up that caused me to be very stressed and pretty depressed. That resulted in me pretty much sitting around, not working out, eating whatever (with Thanksgiving thrown in the middle of it) and generally just feeling yuck. So, I gained 1.6 lbs this week, blech...

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Well, here I am in El Paso, a week later. So, I did not get out and exercise at all. I underestimated the busyness of the street that they live on. It's got a lot of traffic and on both ends there is a major street, so, my big idea to work on my walking/running didn't work out so well. Anyway, I did lose 1 lb this week and tomorrow I'm headed home to my treadmill and elliptical and I have to get busy! My weigh in next week is going to be from Tues-Sun with Thanksgiving thrown in so it should be interesting to say the least!

Friday, November 19, 2010


This has been a pretty good week. I worked out a couple of days and was really busy getting ready to leave for 10 days to go to Texas. I weighed on Saturday morning instead of Sunday (because I left on Saturday afternoon) and I lost a pound. So, we'll see how this next week goes. I have high hopes of getting outside to do things since the weather is great in Texas but reality could be the never know with an almost 2 year old around, time will tell...

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Not much to say about this week. No working out and gained 2 lbs...awesome! So, next week I'm leaving on Saturday to go to Texas for 10 days so we'll see how that goes...

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Happy Halloween! (even though I'm writing this a week late!) This week has been good and bad. Good is that I lost 1.4 lbs, bad that I only worked out 1 day. It's been a pretty crazy week with Britt and Holden here and I haven't been as on top of things as I should have been. I really need to get in gear because now I have a formal Christmas dinner for the Guard coming up in December and I have nothing to wear and no motivation to buy anything unless I get my act together!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Guess what!? I worked out FOUR days this week!!! I did the elliptical three days and did strength one day. I felt so good this week and I know it had everything to do with working out. I just don't know why I have such a hard time actually doing it when I know how good it will make me feel. I also lost .4 lb this week which was ehh but at least it wasn't a gain!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


So, this week was SO much better! I lost all but .2 lbs of what I gained the last week (yay!). I did work out on the elliptical twice this week and I'm trying to celebrate the small victories and not get bogged down with the "big" picture. When I had gained so much last week I felt so discouraged and felt like a complete failure but after a little perspective I realized that maybe that was the "switch" that I needed to flip in my head. Instead of wallowing in it and just giving up, it motivated me to get my butt out of bed and work out two mornings. Maybe next week it will be three, five, or even the six that I would like it to be. So, I move forward, (trying) not to look back!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


So, here I am writing this almost a week late. I think I needed that long to come to terms with it. 10/10/10 was not a happy day for me. We had a wonderful time on our trip to the beach! Unfortunately, part of the wonderful was donuts, pizza, ice cream, etc. So, when I weighed myself Sunday and saw that I had gained 3.4 lbs (!), I kind of lost it, like crying, lost it. It was not pretty. I was happy that while at the beach we did a lot of walking, climbing stairs, hiking and even scaling a sand dune but for some reason that didn't seem to make much difference! So, I'm trying to put a period after it and move on...

Sunday, October 3, 2010


This was a really bad week weight-wise. Gained 1.8 lbs from last week. It probably doesn't help that I ate chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes this week. Oh, and I didn't work out this week either. This next week we are going to the beach for a couple of days and I'm hoping to get that "switch" flipped in my head that will get me's hoping!


Well, I'm writing this a week late. Not much to say about this week, my weight stayed the same and I didn't work out. Wow, how exciting! And, my bad attitude continues...

Friday, September 24, 2010


Well, we made it through the first week of school. This week I gained 1.2 lbs. Monday I had a physical with my doctor and all my blood work came back in the normal ranges. One thing though...when I had my cholesterol done last time (in 2007) it was in the 150s and I was exercising pretty much 5-6 days a week. Now it's in the 190s (which is still good and my ratio of LDL to HDL is good). So, the doctor said that obviously exercise plays a big role in my levels and I probably should get back to it. I've got to somehow get past this mental block I seem to have. I think it's because I've exercised for the past 3+ years very regularly and have only lost 20 lbs or so and it's extremely frustrating! I don't know what to do and I think it has me really stuck right now. So, moving on...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Well, now today is my daughter's 18th birthday. It's a little crazy with our bday's a week apart! This week despite leftover birthday cake (from mine) and working out one day I only gained .6 lb. It's been a crazy week. My mom and I took my three and my sister's two to the beach on Tuesday because none of them had to start school til Wednesday. Then getting back into the school frame of mind, going to bed earlier, getting up earlier etc is challenging. So, we'll see how next week goes!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


So, it's my birthday today...46. It's kind of wierd to think that I'm now closer to the big 5 oh than to 40! This week was busy with getting the last minute stuff wrapped up for school starting on this Wednesday. I didn't work out this week but I did try to better manage my eating. I lost 1.4 lbs this week which was a nice b-day gift to myself! Since it is my b-day I decided that it's a good time to start fresh with the working out and eating. I would really like to get a significant amount of wieght off this next year and get in better shape. Here's to hoping year 46 is the best so far!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Well, the good news is that I didn't gain any weight this week. I actually was exactly the same as last week and I have to say that I'm pretty happy about that. Happy because I didn't work out at all and just ate whatever. This week I'm determined to go to bed by 10 so that I won't be so tired and want to just sleep. This is the last full week before school starts so I need to start to switch to a more "normal" routine (going to bed earlier, working out, etc). On I go...

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Ok, say it with me, all together now..."I did not work out once this week". I'm sure that doesn't come as any surprise by now. I'm not sure why I've gotten SO lazy, I just can't seem to let that voice win when the alarm goes off in the morning. I know that if I did, I would feel better and have more energy but sleep seems to win every time! In better news, I lost .4 lbs this week. I'm not going to even set any goals this week and just see what happens (probably nothing!). Hopefully when school starts and I get back into a routine it will get better...

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Well, I'm back from vacation. We had a great time boating, kayaking, swimming and just generally hanging around the campground. I have a killer tan (for me), now if I just had the body to match :/ I gained .4 lbs this week, probably because we ate too much and my mom provided dessert every day. I choose to believe that I gained it in muscle from all the kayaking I did! After sitting on my hiney the past two days I am going to make an effort to work out at least 4 days this week and to eat better (no dessert every night!).

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Well, I did succeed in not eating all the birthday cake (but I did eat quite a bit!). I did gain .6 of a lb. this week. I would like to have lost but I'm not going to complain. Working out...what to say? I can't seem to get my great big butt out of bed early enough! Hopefully when (if not before) the girls go back to school I will get back into a better routine. I did do some arm work with the bands and some ab work this week and we went kayaking for several hours. This week we're off to our annual camping trip for the week. I'm not sure how it will go but I know there will be lots of swimming, boating and kayaking!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


August! Wow, this summer is going fast, not too much longer and the girls will be back in school! This week has been good. I've been really busy getting a surprise party planned and implemented for Kelly. Pulled it off today and he didn't have a clue! I worked out on the elliptical once this week and worked in the yard a couple of days but mostly I've been just running around. I lost 3.6 lbs this week which made me pretty happy! My goal for this week is to NOT eat all the leftover birthday cake and to work out at least 4 days this week.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Well, it's the last week of July...yeah, it's the last week of July. This past week I have not worked out and blah, blah, blah... Wow, I think I might need an attitude change! My pulled hamstring is feeling a little better but I still can't straighten out my leg when I have it raised. Actually I can straighten it, I just can't lean over it if that makes any sense. This week I gained 1.8 lbs. So, this week I am going to set a goal to work out at least 4 days but I would really like to do 6, so, we shall's definately a journey.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Well, my ticker has moved backward this week (I knew I used a turtle for a reason!). Pretty much the same old thing, didn't work out (except yard work), gained 1.6 lbs (really love my new scale and it's accuracy) and eating was pretty hit and miss. This week I am again attempting to work out and eat better. We leave to go camping in three weeks and I would really like to fit better into some of my clothes! I was trying on several things in my closet yesterday and realized that if I just lost like 10 pounds I would have a lot more to wear! Hopefully that will be incentive to do better, time will tell (literally).

Monday, July 12, 2010


This was a good week. I didn't work out, didn't really worry too much about what I ate and just enjoyed the time to spend with my daughter, grandson and son-in-law. I really want to lose this weight but I refuse to let it consume me and rob me of living life.
I used my new scale this week and will start from today using it. I've also made a new ticker. I decided to divide my goals into four parts so it's not so daunting which means that my first goal is 30 lbs.
I'm going to try to work out some this week and I realize that I'm kind of rambling so I guess that's all for now...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Happy Independence Day! This has been a wild week, Nick, Britt and Holden are here visiting and we are busy trying to enjoy Kelly's last week of leave before he goes back to work. I actually worked out on the ellipitical twice this week! Not sure about the weight because I bought a new scale and sadly, it weighs about 6 lbs more than the old one :( Not sure what I will do this week exercise wise, I'm just putting one foot in front of the other for now.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


So, I didn't do a post last week. Quite frankly, I didn't care. This week I did weigh and I've gained 1 1/2 lbs in the past two weeks. I'm about 8 lbs up from my lowest point, haven't worked out (except gardening) but I'm trying, trying to get motivated. Trying...

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Well, I'm writing this a few days late but who really cares. That's the attitude I feel creeping in...who really cares. I do but I need to feel it. I did lose 1 lb this week but I didn't work out except for kayaking one day and working in the yard. I think a lot of it is the weather, it's just SO depressing that it's the middle of June and we're breaking records for the coldest HIGH temperatures! We get one sunny day and then days of grey skies and rain. Normally it doesn't bother me but when it's supposed to be almost summer and my patio furniture is still under a tarp in the backyard, I haven't been able to get plants in the ground, etc, it's a little discouraging. So, here's hoping that it turns around because I really need a shift in my attitude!

Sunday, June 6, 2010


First week of June was...a bust as far as exercise and weight loss. I didn't work out at all. I didn't gain any weight, but didn't lose any either! Again, I am going to really try to work out this week and I guess that's all I can say, I'm going to try...

Sunday, May 30, 2010


So, here we are at the end of another month and almost halfway through the year. And, I have officially gained back 10 lbs of the 20 that I had lost. Not the direction that I want to go! I've been pretty lazy this week, not working out at all. Weight stayed the same. This week I'm going to attempt to get back to working out. I'm going to TRY to do something aerobic in the morning and do P90X in the afternoon. Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Home from vacation! We had a great time and got some working out in. We went for a couple 6 mile bike rides, kayaked one day and walked around quite a bit. I didn't really worry about what I ate too much. Several days we had a late lunch and just a snack for dinner. Thankfully I didn't gain any weight, just the same as last week.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Alternatley titled "the one I wrote in Seattle"! This week has been ok. Rode bikes a couple days and not much else. Ended up gaining a pound this week and now we are in Seattle on vacation for a week. The plan is to kayak, bike ride and maybe use the gym at the hotel...that's the plan anyway!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


So, after writing my post last Sunday I proceeded to get an awful cold. I was really bad at the beginning of the week and am still trying to get over it. So, not much excercise happened last week (actually I can't remember doing anything). I did lose 2 1/2 lbs, so that was a good thing! My goals this week are to do something physical every day this week and to try to eat better. Next week we are off to Seattle on vacation so who know what will happen!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


It's May!! How did that happen? Well, I don't have too much to say except that in the past two weeks I've gained 4 pounds...yeah, I'm up 8 since my lowest in December. Not really the direction that I want to go. I'm feeling pretty bummed about it and it's going to be hard to get it off again, I know. Did the elliptical once this week and rode my bicycle two miles, three times this week. This week I'm going to try to ride my bike at least three times and do cardio and wieghts three days. The saga always continues...

Monday, April 26, 2010


Well, he's home!! It has been a great week but challenging for me diet/exercise wise. I worked out 2 days this week on the elliptical. Eating was crazy! We ate out too much but my attitude is "whatever he wants, he gets" (for a little while anyway). I didn't weigh on the Wii this week but I know I gained at least 1 lb. Moving forward from here!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Well, April is half over already and Kelly comes home in three days! This week has been ok. I worked out three days (half what I had hoped). Did the elliptical two days and the treadmill one. I've kind of put P90X on the back burner for now. I think I need to focus more on cardio so I can lose more weight and then maybe do it when school gets out. Lost one pound this week, still four up from my lowest point. I am again aiming to work out six days this week but it's going to be a huge transitional week with Kelly coming home so who knows!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Blah, blah, week, same story. Didn't work out this week at all, ate whatever, weight stayed the same. Hopefully the fact that Kelly is coming home sometime in the next two weeks will motivate me. That and the fact that we are going on vacation in 5 weeks and taking a kayaking class in 4 weeks! We'll see...

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Happy Easter! It's been a challenging week as far as diet and exercise go. I haven't worked out for a couple weeks. I'm having a hard time getting back into it. I did lose 1 pound this week but I'm still 4 pounds up from my lowest weight. I found a website to keep track of calories burned and consumed and I'm going to try it this week. According to the websites calculations it should take me until August 2011 to reach my goal. So, I'm going to attempt to do better this week.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


This week has been a challenge but I kind of knew it would be. It's Spring Break and I've only worked out twice, and we've been eating not great. I gained 1 lb and I have to say that I'm surprised that that is all. This week I'm going to try harder to work out every day and eat better (don't I say that every week?!). Only 3 weeks till Kelly comes home!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


This week has been just blah. I chose sleep over working out most mornings. Tried out Zumba, it's really hard to get all the moves worked out. Hopefully with a little more practice I'll get it but I'm not the most coordinated person in the world! Gained a pound. I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with the Chocolate Chip Cookies one of the kids made or the cake that another one made (sarcasm!). On to another week. This week I am going to really work on working out every day. It's Spring Break and my grandson will be here so we'll see how it works out!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


This week has been ok. Lost 1 pound, worked out to P90X five days. Went out for Chloey and Shelby's birthday and had cupcakes and ice cream cake. Kelly comes home in five weeks! Ordered the Zumba workout and I'm going to try to do it three days this week along with P90X.

Friday, March 12, 2010


So, I totally forgot to post this on Sunday. Maybe I just didn't want to see it. I gained a pound this week. I did p90x all week so I'm thinking that it's just muscle because my pants feel a little looser. It's still frustrating though to not see the numbers on the scale go down, especially after watching Biggest Loser and seeing how much they lose every week. Small steps...

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Ok, seriously, where has February gone?! So, here it is the last day of the month and I am still TRYING to lose some weight, any weight. It is so frustrating to see the scale just move down a couple of pounds, then up, then down, etc and to read about people losing large amounts. What is wrong with me? Enough with the pity party, this week I have continued P90X. I switched to the lean version so I will hopefully see some weight loss since it is more cardio. I have to say, except for getting up at 4:30, I am really enjoying it. I was so nervous to start it but it is really fun! This week I also did intervals on the treadmill for 30 minutes once. I'm going to try to do that at least three days a week. Oh, and I did lose 1/2 pound this week.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Well, week one of p90X completed! It isn't easy, I hate getting up at 4:30am and my body is sore but I feel great! I did the regular routine this week and had gained a few pounds so I was feeling discouraged. I went on their website and after reading some posts from other users I decided to switch to the "lean" version of the program. It includes more cardio so hopefully I can get rid of this fat and build muscle. So, this week I actually ended up 1/2 lb up from last week but I'm excited to see what switching to the "lean" will do. I'm also thinking about using my old WW points eating program, maybe...

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Happy Valentine's Day!! What a crazy week this has been! Tuesday I went to the cardiologist and had an ECHO/stress test. The end result is that my heart beats irregularly at times when the blood is leaving my heart going to my lungs. According to the doctor, this is not serious, can be medicated (but not necessary) and is not dangerous. So, I have been cleared to exercise now! Tomorrow I start P90X and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. Hopefully I won't be too sore but I probably will! This week I gained 1/2 lb. Whatever, we'll see what happens doing the P90X!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Well, so much for getting back on track. I worked out on the elliptical on Monday and was feeling really good...until I went to my appointment with the cardiologist. He said that the results of my Holter monitor showed that I was having PVCs and PACs which are abnormal heartbeats in the top and bottom heart chambers. He said that it may be nothing but I am scheduled for an ECHO/Stress test on Tuesday and he banned me from doing any working out until then. So, no working out this week! When I weighed this morning I was the same as last week. I'm glad I didn't gain but I'm getting really frustrated!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Well, it's the last day of the month already! This week has been challenging. I have been feeling really depressed this week. I think it's a combination of the time of year, settling into Kelly being gone again, worrying about my appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow and not working out. I did finally work out on the elliptical on Friday and it felt really good. I was worried about my heart but didn't have any problems. I will be kind of glad to be able to ask the doctor tomorrow if there is any problem with working out so I don't worry so much. After (stupidly) buying peanut butter m&ms on Friday and having a big dinner and cake last night for my mom's birthday I gained 1 lb since last week. Onward!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Another week, more stuff going on. I had big plans to work out 5 days this week...until I went to the doctor with heart palpitations and had to wear a monitor for 24 hours. To be honest, I was kind of afraid to work out but it's now Sunday and I haven't heard anything from the doctor so I guess it's safe to assume that I'm not going to die of a heart attack imminently (hopefully)! So, because I didn't get a phone call telling me not to, I plan to try to work out 5 days this week. The doctor did give me some positive news, telling me that I am really healthy. My blood pressure is low, cholesterol is normal, the only issue is my weight. This week I lost 1 lb, still 1.5 from being back to my lowest point.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Finally, a better week! I lost 2 lbs this week...of the 5 that I gained while Kelly was home. So, I still have 3 to go to get down to where I was the day he came home but I'm getting there...slowly. Worked out only two days this week. I feel like I'm still trying to get back in the "routine" of life. Two of my daughters have asked me to join them on an eight week wieght loss challenge. This was their second week, my first. Hopefully it will inspire us all to do better! My goal this week is to work out five days and continue to eat better.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


How is this month almost half over already, wait, wait, I haven't gotten it together yet! This week, more excuses. School started, Kelly left, I started school, I was tired EVERY morning, there's still too much Christmas junk left to eat, and list list could go on. So, time to stop whining, making excuses, etc and get with it!! I gained another few ounces this week to bring my grand total gain to 4.5 lbs (as the wii fit so conveniently told me this morning). This week, back to working out, quit eating crap and get with it!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My first post of the new year and it's two days late! Oh well, it's been pretty crazy around here with four extra adults, two extra dogs and a baby who is into EVERYTHING!! Anyway, now everyone is gone and it's just back to me, the three girls and one doggy. This past couple of weeks has been really tough diet and exercise wise. I didn't work out at all this week and gained 1.5 more lbs! That's about a 4.5 gain for the past two weeks that eveyone has been here. But, now it's a new year and time to get with it again! My goal is to lose 20 lbs before Kelly comes home the beginning of May. My dream goal is to lose 40 but my realistic goal is 20. We will see what happens...!