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Friday, November 4, 2011

I'm still here Everyone!

Hi to all,

I'm still waking up each morning with a fight within to lose weight and stay fit.  I've lost a total of 53 lbs. since beginning my quest to lose weight. I am now 183 lbs. and a size 10 :) :) :) Yes, I'm feeling happy about that :)

I'll have to update with a picture soon.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day 206 (154 days to go)

Hi,                       Monday, May 3rd, 2010

This week did not go as planned :) but at least I had a plan :)  My weeks starts on Monday and ends on Sunday.

3 miles in 45 minutes on the treadmill.

Pace: 14:53

Total: 245 Miles!

Day 205 (155 days to go)

Hi,                     Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 242 Miles!

Day 204 (156 days to go)

Hi,                     Saturday, May 1st, 2010

2 miles on the Treadmill :) in 28 minutes.

Pace: 14:11

Just getting some more miles in today :) 2 more miles on the treadmill! in 30 minutes

Pace: 14:47

Total: 242 Miles!

Day 203 (157 days to go)

Hi,                Friday, April 30th, 2010

I jumped on the treadmill in my jeans no less :) for a rebel run :) It bugs the crum out of me that the gym's won't let you exercise in jeans! I love running in my jeans! :) Ran 3 miles in 1 hr. 

Pace: 20 minute



 Total: 238 Miles!

Day 202 (158 days to go)

Hi,                 Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Walked to eat dinner and back with the whole family :)  1 Mile


Total: 235 Miles!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 201 (159 days to go)

Hi,                       Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Walked to get good tasting coffee and back home for a total of 2.4 miles and then finished out 8 more miles on the treadmill in 2 hrs. 7 mins to total my 10 miles for today :)

Total: 234 Miles!

Day 200 (160 days to go)

Hi,                      Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

 :) Mostly my normal routine of walking at a catch my breath of 3.0 around the corners and sprinting 7.0 on the straights except this time I was able to do 8.5 on the straights for 1 mile :)  5 miles on the treadmill in 1 hr. 15 minutes this morning.

Walked to the grocery store tonight and back for 2 miles but it got a little dark and I was anxious to get home.

I finished out 3 more miles on the treadmill in 55 minutes when I got home to total 10 miles for the day :)

Total:  224 Miles!

Day 199 (161 days to go)

Hi,                   Monday, April 26th, 2010

Today's my day off :) So, no treadmill. I veg and eat basically what I want for 1 day out of the week I weigh in and measure.

Weight: 197

Neck- 14.25
Chest- 35
Waist- 38
Big Butt/Belly- 45.5

Total: 214 Miles!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 198 (162 days to go)

Hi,                          Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Happy Birthday to my very good friend Jennifer Lee :)

I got on the treadmill this a.m. and walked 10 miles! :) It was actually pretty easy except my left groin area wouldn't let me sprint past 7.0 I guess I better stretch more. The shin splints are gone and the right quad pain is gone, YES! :) Aside from the 1 mile I did at full incline at 3.2 I did the rest of my training, walking 3.0 on the curves and sprinted 7.0 on the straight ways.  I didn't feel too sore which was nice but after taking a shower I laid down for a nap and slept 3 hours so I guess it pooped me out a bit.

So, 10 miles in 2 hrs. 27 min. for a 14:41 pace

Total: 214 Miles!

Day 197 (163 days to go)

Hi,                        Saturday, April 24th, 2010

No treadmill today.  My hubby took the kids to the zoo and I cleaned house ALL DAY, exhausted!

Total: 204 Miles!

Day 196 (164 days to go)

Hi,                  Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I walked/ ran 2 miles on the treadmill outside until it started raining :) 

I walked/ran 6 miles this evening. I was feeling great except that my left groin area was holding me back with a bit of pain. I am happy to report that my shins are managing and my left quad isn't hurting anymore :) I tried my husbands idea of walking the curves on the track and sprinting the straights and this worked well except I didn't give it a shot until halfway through my workout. Happy about my pace for the distance :)

Total: 204 Miles!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day 195 (165 days to go)

Hi,                          Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Oh yeah! I got a 10K in before breakfast :) My cousin Roxy reminded me to use the incline on the treadmill :) so I raised it as high as it would go and walked it at a 3.2 for 1 full mile. I was ready for my incline to be over at the .75 mark :) At the halfway mark of 6.4 miles I did the maximum incline again for 1 mile at 3.2 and it was tough. Everything else I mostly walked 3.5 for 1 lap and then 5.0 for 1 lap for a time of 1 hr. 41:30

I burned 950 calories and my breakfast was only 300 calories :)  Who knows I may get some more miles in before the day ends :)

Well, apparently a 10K is only 6.2 miles so I did .2 more, oops, my bad :)

I did have 4 more miles in me this evening so I got back on the treadmill and did it :) I put my treadmill outside and got to watch all the funny people driving by who apparently don't see me :) I walked mostly at a 3.5 speed.

Total: 196 Miles!

Day 194 (166 days to go)

Hi,                        Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Aha! Got 6 miles in today :) 4 miles running on the treadmill and 2 miles walking to the park and back with the kiddles :) They did awesome! I will make sure they get their rest before I take them again :)

Total: 186 Miles!

Day 193 (167 days to go)

Hi,                       Tuesday, April 20th, 2010


No workout today. Hubby had the day off so he took the kids out while I cleaned house and try to get a little caught up on life ;)

Total: 180 Miles!

Day 192 (168 days to go)

Hi,                         Monday, April 19th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 180 Miles!

Day 191 (169 days to go)

Hi,                  Sunday, April 18th, 2010

No treadmill today. Playing outside in the mud with my kids today :)

Total: 180 Miles!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 190 (170 days to go)

Hi,                          Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Walked/ran 3.1 miles with my 5 yr. old to get coffee and a muffin and then finished walking 3.3 more miles on the treadmill to total a 10K :)  My shins have been acting up as well as my front right quad so I've been trying different stuff to minimize this. Today I found a great rhythm to reduce this so instead of fast walking at 4.0 for a minute and then running at 6.0 for a minute and back and forth for 1 mile I decided to try walking at 3.5 for 1/2 lap and running at 6.5 and even 7.0 for the other half lap continuing for 1 mile and I could barely feel any strain in the shins :)

Total: 180 Miles!

Day 189 (171 days to go)

Hi,                           Friday, April 16th, 2010

Ran 2 miles on the treadmill in 29:00 minutes while the kids were napping and then when they woke up I put the baby in my Ergo and the other 3 walked along side me for 1 mile to the park and then daddy picked us up at the park which is a good thing because my oldest (10 yr. old) whose struggling with low functioning kidneys was having a hard time keeping up and gladly sat on the bench for a considerable length of time before getting another dose of energy :)

Total: 174 Miles!

Day 188 (172 days to go)

Hi,                             Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I love running! I was able to beat my mile pace for at least 1 mile :) and got it to 11:20 :)

Walk/ran 6 miles in 1 hr. 30 minutes with an overall pace of 15:00 minutes on the treadmill.

I'm having a lot of fun with Daily Mile  www.dailymile.com 

Total: 171 Miles!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day 187 (173 days to go)

Hi,                    Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Well I attempted my 5K of 30 minutes but instead got a 42:50 minute 5K (3.2 miles) A 13:23 pace

But the good news is that the 1st mile I beat my original mile of 12:27 by almost a whole minute :)  I did the first mile in 11:33 :) I was screaming in pain. I had thought I could run at a 5.0 speed and then sprint at 8.0 for each .10 of every lap but my right quad leg wouldn't let me go past a 7.5 I guess I need to work on my stretching more throughout the week :(  At least now I know what my worst 5K looks like.  I have a lot of work to do :)

Total: 165 Miles!

Day 186 (174 days to go)

Hi,                 Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I got at least 2 miles on the treadmill today :)  32 minutes with a 16:06 pace

Total: 164 Miles!

Day 185 (175 days to go)

Hi,                     Monday, April 12th, 2010

No treadmill today.  Tonight I got to go to a last minute invite to see Cory/Corrigan Clay whose been living in Haiti for the last 2 years with his wife and kids as missionaries teaching the Haitians how to live a more sustainable life off their land while sharing the love of God. Corrigan and his family survived the earthquake and he's in Oregon this week sharing his personal stories.  Go check out how they are living in Haiti at  www.apparentproject.org

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 184 (176 days to go)

Hi,                      Sunday, April 11th, 2010

No treadmill today.  I cut hair for my husband, son and youngest daughter and later this evening we got to go to church as a family and share potluck afterwards :) Nice to be able to enjoy friendships :)

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 183 (177 days to go)

Hi,                         Saturday, April 10th, 2010

No treadmill today.

I guess I'm still sore in the right quad :(  Not to mention the fact that my house won't seem to get clean this week, ugh!

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 182 (178 days to go)

Hi,                       Friday, April 9th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 181 (179 days to go)

Hi,                 Thursday, April 8th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 180 (180 days to go)

Hi,                   Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Well, it's looking like a half way point :) I thought I'd be farther along in my training by now but I'm still happy with my progress so far :) I really had no idea when I began back in October just how difficult my journey would be but I hoped for the best and just got started.  I've lost a total of 23 lbs. and a considerable amount of inches and obviously gained muscle because how else can a girl who weighs nearly 200 lbs. run a 12:27 minute mile.  I couldn't even hardly walk well let alone run when I started. I know one of my biggest faults is not tracking what I eat.  Recently someone mentioned a good saying:

"If you Bite it, you Write it" 

I need to remember this and what an easy rhyme to remember :)

No treadmill today.

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 179 (181 days to go)

Hi,                   Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 178 (182 days to go)

Hi,                     Monday, April 5th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 162 Miles

Day 177 (183 days to go)

Hi,                           Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Oh yeah! I rocked it out today on the pavement no less :)

8 miles in 2 hours and 30 minutes at a 18:45 pace :)

I tried to concentrate on endurance instead of speed today and get myself out on the concrete since ultimately that's where I'll be running the 26 miles on race day in October! I also was still recovering from shin splints because of running too fast last week and now instead of shin splints I'm feeling pain in my front right quad.

Total: 162 Miles!

Day 176 (184 days to go)

Hi,                   Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 154 Miles!

Day 175 (185 days to go)

Hi,                       Friday, April 2nd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 154 Miles!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day 174 (186 days to go)

Hi,                         Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I got a late start this morning and wanted to be nice to the shins :) so I started off what would be 2 miles on the treadmill at a 3.0 and gradually worked my way up to a 4.0 doing just a light walk and a light jog. It took me 33:33 minutes.

Going to go eat brown rice, veggies and salmon for breakfast :)  Jonathan's new diet you know :) Well new as in 3 1/2 months ago.

Total: 154 Miles!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 173 (187 days to go)

Hi,                         Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I liked my rhythm I found yesterday of fast walking 4.0 and then jogging at a 5.0 for the last .10 of each lap and so during the kids naptime I got on the treadmill and at least did 2 miles bumping up my 5.0 to a 5.5 and then a 6.0 but my shin's weren't too happy with me so I'm guessing 6.0 is a little too fast right now being that I weigh 195 lbs. This was a 13:12 pace today :)

I am really happy with my progress so far and I'm almost at the halfway mark till my marathon in October.  April 10th marks the halfway mark!

Total: 152 Miles!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 172 (188 days to go)

Hi,                      Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

:) I broke another record today!  2 miles in 24:54 which averages out to a 12:27 minute mile :)


I liked the skinny feeling of my legs in my jeans and feeling a bit motivated I got on the treadmill during the kids naptime and fast walk/jogged another 6 miles in 1 hr. 25:14 :) and it felt great!  This is a 14:12 minute mile pace.
I fast walked at a 4.0 and then jogged the last .10 of each lap at a 5.0 for the full duration of 6 miles!

Total: 150 Miles!

Day 171 (189 days to go)

Hi,                           Monday, March 29th, 2010

No treadmill today. I was in slow motion today from being exhausted and having to look at all the housework that's still not done and no energy to finish it :(  I'm sure the week will get better!

Yay! The hubby took the kids to eat and play for a couple hours tonight and I was able to clean up the kitchen and living rooms :)

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 170 (190 days to go)

Hi,                        Sunday, March 28th, 2010

No treadmill today had too much housework to catch up on after spending all day doing family stuff yesterday.

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 169 (196 days to go)

Hi,                        Saturday, March 27th, 2010

No treadmill today but I had a fun family day hiking in the woods :)

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 168 (197 days to go)

Hi,                            Friday, March 26th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 167 (198 days to go)

Hi,                   Thursday, March 25th, 2010

No treadmill today. I can't believe I'm in the 100's for days left to go, Yikes!

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 166 (199 days to go)

Hi,                Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

No treadmill today. Ughh, come on life, work yourself out :)

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 165 (200 days to go)

Hi,                       Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

No treadmill today.  Still too many distractions.

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 164 (201 days to go)

Hi,                          Monday, March 22nd, 2010

No treadmill today. Too many distractions.

Total: 142 Miles!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 163 (202 days to go)

Hi,                      Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Wow! That puking must have been good for me because I broke another record today :)  Did a 13:33 mile for a total of 27:06 in 2 miles! Oh Yeah! I bumped up my .10 mile sprint to a 7.5 and at the very end I did an 8.0 for the last .5 and walked all the in-between at a 4.0 :)  I'm amazed I can do this weighing nearly 200 lbs. who would have thought :)

Total: 142 Miles!

Day 162 (203 days to go)

Hi,                      Saturday, March 20th, 2010

No treadmill today. But I had a great excuse.  Puked half a small trashcan and had a 101 fever, ugh, felt like I was going to die.

Total: 140 Miles!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Day 161 (204 days to go)

Hi,                   Friday, March 19th, 2010

Oh Yeah!  3 Miles in 42:20 This puts me at a 14:06 pace :) I fast walked/slow jogged the 1st 2 miles at a 4.0 speed and then ran the last .10 of each lap at a 7.0 speed :)

I was panting pretty hard, wasn't a pretty sight and thought I might even throw up at the last lap.

It showed a 522 calorie burn so who knows maybe I'll get another 3 miles in tonight to total over 1,000 calorie burn :)

Total: 140 Miles!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day 160 (205 days to go)

Hi,                 Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I've gotten caught up on my bloggings and am posting my new picture I took a month ago of me in a size 14 jean and my new medium size shirt :)  I've been landlocked between 197 and 200 lbs. for over 6 weeks now and I'm sooo ready to break into the 170 and 180's wearing my size 10's and 12's!



And here's a good photo of how long my hair is getting.



It's only 4:30 so hopefully there is some treadmill in my near future for tonight :) I'll be sure to let the world know if I get this accomplished today :)

Oh Wow!  I think I might have a record for tonight :)

2 Miles in 30:38  :)  I started off at 3.0, 3.5 and quickly got to 4.0 and stayed there for 30 minutes doing a light jog/fast walk and it felt oh so good, hardly broke a sweat, hmm, I see some more running in my near future :)

Total: 137 Miles!

Day 159 (206 days to go)

Hi,                  Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's, Irish Day! I wore many shades of green all over today and it made me feel energized :)

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 158 (207 days to go)

Hi,                     Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 157 (208 days to go)

Hi,             Monday, March 15th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 156 (209 days to go)

Hi,                  Sunday, March 14th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 155 (210 days to go)

Hi,                     Saturday, March 13th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 154 (211 days to go)

Hi,                   Friday, March 12th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 153 (212 days to go)

Hi,                 Thursday, March 11th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 152 (213 days to go)

Hi,                   Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 151 (214 days to go)

Hi,                 Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

No treadmill today.  Reading Proverbs 9 today with my husband and it's sooo much fun!

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 150 (215 days to go)

Hi,                    Monday, March 8th, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Best Friend Kristy :)  Love you so much!  Thank you for reading Proverbs with me all of last month :) I was so encouraged and strengthened that I got brave enough to ask my husband if he would read with me each morning and so we began our Bible Reading journey of Proverbs today :)

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 149 (216 days to go)

Hi,                  Sunday, March 7th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 148 (217 days to go)

Hi,                   Saturday, March 6th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 147 (218 days to go)

Hi,                           Friday, March 5th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 146 (219 days to go)

Hi,              Thursday, March 4th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 145 (220 days to go)

Hi,                   Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 144 (221 days to go)

Hi,                Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 143 (222 days to go)

Hi,                     Monday, March 1st, 2010


It's so nice to be starting a new month! I'm eager to get back on track with my exercise but satisfied and thrilled that our new eating habits have stuck :) Our diet changed drastically on December 17th with direction from our new Naturepathic Doctor we hired to help us recharge our sons Kidneys and get his immunity back up to normal for the 10 year old boy that he is and we're hopeful really for the 1st time in his life!

I've been stuck between 198-200 for a month now but at least it's not going in the upward direction. I've kept off 38 lbs. since January 2009 and look forward to some more weight loss :)  It's so nice to be feeling alive again!

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 142 (223 days to go)

Hi,                      Sunday, Feburary 28th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 141 (224 days to go)

Hi,                 Saturday, February 27th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 140 (225 days to go)

Hi,                       Friday, February 26th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 139 (226 days to go)

Hi,                Thursday, February 25th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 138 (227 days to go)

Hi,                    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 137 (228 days to go)

Hi,                     Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 136 (229 days to go)

Hi,                    Monday, February 22nd, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 135 (230 days to go)

Hi,                    Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Well you'd think a person would give up blogging when they're obviously not so good at it but I know if I can figure out how to stick with the plan then I'll get better :) This applies to so many things that I'm eager to make better :)

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 134 (231 days to go)

Hi,                       Saturday, February 20th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 133 (232 days to go)

Hi,                   Friday, February 19th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 132 (233 days to go)

Hi,                      Thursday, February 18th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 131 (234 days to go)

Hi,                  Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


Well geesh, no treadmill today :(

Total: 135 Miles!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 130 (235 days to go)

Hi,                  Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Well I have finally caught up to my blog day :) and back on track :) Thinking about my Grandma Marie today who passed away 5 years ago today, I sure miss her a bunch and still find myself crying because I want so bad to share my life with her and to hear her wise words and to see her beautiful smiles :) You were 81 1/2 years and I thought you were too young to die.  I named my daughter after you and I try to live my life in ways that would have made you proud.  You taught me so many valuable things in life and by the time I realized how much you had done for me you were gone.  I Love You So Much Grandma and life just hasn't been the same without you in it. Grandpa Clarence has somehow learned to keep living even 5 years later and I'm so proud of how he's handled you not being there and I know you'd be proud of him. You both have blessed my life and helped me to be a better person.  Thank you for all the ways you disciplined me to pay attention to the little things and big things in life. Elicia

I'm so happy to share that my husband encouraged me to get on the treadmill while he watched the kids and I walked 2 miles in 36:33 :)

Total: 135 Miles!

Day 129 (236 days to go)

Hi,                  Monday, February 15th, 2010

Happy Birthday my friend Jen :) Happy Birthday to my nephew Taylor who is 10 years old Today!

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 128 (237 days to go)

Hi,                      Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!  Love to All :)

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 127 (238 days to go)

Hi,              Saturday, February 13th, 2010

:) I got to go out on a date with my sweet husband that's been married to me now for 12 Years!!!!!  You Rock, Babe! :) Love you! 

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 126 (239 days to go)

Hi,                Friday, February 12th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 125 (240 days to go)

Hi,                    Thursday, February 11th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 124 (241 days to go)

Hi,                 Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Gunnar! Love you :) You're sure growing fast!

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 123 (242 days to go)

Hi,                  Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 122 (243 days to go)

Hi,              Monday, February 8th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 121 (244 days to go)

Hi,               Sunday, February 7th, 2010

SuperBowl Sunday and we splurged with Honey BBQ Chicken Wings and galore! Had a new babysitter come to meet the kids and enjoy watching football with us :)

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 120 (245 days to go)

Hi,                 Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I got to see some very special guests tonight and went out to dinner with them and my 2 small girls :) Had fun exchanging Valentines! I received a Beautiful Painting of an Enormous Tree that has tons of little leaves all over it that represents the Tree of Life and I Love It and even more the person who gave it to me, knowing I would love it!  Thank you to my special friend :)

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 119 (246 days to go)

Hi,            Friday, February 5th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 118 (247 days to go)

Hi,            Thursday, February 4th, 2010

No workout today.  I must admit, it's agonizing to have to go through my days and continue to type in No workout today.  I'm glad to be updating and I know if I'd been able to find time to get online every night and type this in each day I probably would have gotten on that treadmill. I sure disklike getting behind but I know I'll figure a way to hang in there :)

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 117 (248 days to go)

Hi,              Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 116 (249 days to go)

Hi,                Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 115 (250 days to go)

Hi,            Monday, February 1st, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 114 (251 days to go)

Hi,                Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Recap for the months:

October: walking 2 miles every day but still eating whatever I'd always eaten, mostly junk looking back on it

November: finally got someone online to convince me that I needed to start calorie counting so I decided to go halfway and at least write down what I was eating, Wow, what a shocker! Still measuring but not weighing myself thinking I'd be fine but fudged and got on the scale only to see that I was still 218 pounds :(

December: still weighing in at 218 pounds but by the 10th of December I got a request from a friend, who only has 10-15 pounds to lose but also has 4 kids, asking if I'd count calories with her and give daily reports of my progress via email/facebook :) I started counting calories and had no idea how hard this would be and soon found out that I was eating 2300-2800 calories a day which explained my weight of previously getting all the way up to 236 pounds :(  My friend Anya mentioned a good rule of thumb that I think is brilliant! If you add 10x your weight you'll discover how many calories you're consuming and if you add 10x the weight you want to be then you'll know how many calories you want to be example: 130 pounds would be 1300 calories so we started trying to keep our calories under 1200 and I soon got on http://www.livestrong.com/ website to help me count my calories better. There are over 450,000 different items already in their database :) At the end of December I had lost 10 pounds by calorie counting under 1200 calories and walk/ran 16 miles.

January: Lost a total of 6 pounds and about 2 more inches. Was able to finally shed the Larges and X-Larges in shirts and am now wearing a 14 dress pant and a 16 jean!  I also should mention that we've been on a complete diet change because of my oldest sons very low functioning kidneys and low immune system so to be supportive to him and make it easier for mommy to give him what he needs without having to say no every time I turn around, we have gotten rid of every food item in the house that he can't have. I'll explain the diet another day but basically it's brown rice and fish with vegetables every day.

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 113 ( 252 days to go)

Hi,               Saturday, January 30th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 112 ( 253 days to go)

Hi,                    Friday, January 29th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 111 (254 days to go)

Hi,               Thursday, January 28th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 110 (255 days to go)

Hi,             Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 109 (256 days to go)

Hi,             Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 108 (257 days to go)

Hi,               Monday, January 25th, 2010

No workout today.  I'm still here though just dealing with a few things that are taking priority over my exercise :(

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 107 (258 days to go)

Hi,            Sunday, January 24th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 106 (259 days to go)

Hi,                     Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 105 (260 days to go)

Hi,              Friday, January 22nd, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 104 (261 days to go)

Hi,           Thursday, January 21st, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 103 (262 days to go)

Hi,              Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 102 (263 days to go)

Hi,                 Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Happy 56th Birthday Dad'O :)

No workout today.

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 101 (264 days to go)

Hi,              Monday, January 18th, 2010

:) :) :)  I walked 2 miles on my treadmill today in 36 minutes!! It sure feels good to exercise :)  :)  :) 

I pledged to run/walk 2010 Miles for the Year 2010 with Daily Mile   http://www.dailymile.com/   How fun! Now lets see if I can figure out how to do this :)  Sure I CAN because "Where There's a Will, There's Always a Way"!!!

Total: 133 Miles!

Day 100 ( 265 days to go)

Hi,                  Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I made it to 100 days and I'm about 14 pounds lighter and 6 inches smaller :) Not doing too shabby but thought I'd be doing better by this point.  This has been the week from hell so I'll get there but not today :)

Total: 131 Miles!

Day 99 (266 days to go)

Hi,                  Saturday, January 16th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 131 Miles!

Day 98 (267 days to go)

Hi,                Friday, January 15th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 131 Miles!

Day 97 (268 days to go)

Hi,               Thursday, January 14th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 131 Miles!

Day 96 (269 days to go)

Hi,                  Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

No workout today. Thinking about you a lot today mom, Happy 58th Birthday!

Total: 131 Miles!

Day 95 (270 days to go)

Hi,                        Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

No workout yet but I'm hoping :) Nope just didn't work with the husband being out of town, exhausted!

Total: 131 Miles!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 94 (271 days to go)

Hi,                          Monday, January 11th, 2010

Haven't worked out yet but it's only 4:30am so there's a good possibility! Today was not a fun day, my back went out and I was stuck on the floor in pain, grrrr.

No workout today.

Total: 131 Miles!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 93 (272 days to go)

Hi,                       Sunday, January 10th, 2010

I worked out today but I don't know how many miles it was because I walked for an hour down at the waterfront downtown with my kids and hubby.  I didn't get much of a sweat but I froze my butt off.

I'll put that I walked at least a mile but it could have been a bit more. Had tons of fun!

Total: 131 Miles!

Day 92 (273 days to go)

Hi,                        Saturday, January 9th, 2010

I walk/jogged 3 Miles on the treadmill in 55 minutes :)  Yeah!

Total: 130 Miles!

Day 91 (274 days to go)

Hi,                           Friday, January 8th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 127 Miles!

Day 90 (275 days to go)

Hi,                              Thursday, January 7th, 2010

No treadmill today.

Total: 127 Miles!

Day 89 (276 days to go)

Hi,                              Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Happy Birthday to my niece Sadie! We love you and wish we could see you more :)

No treadmill workout today. Still doing really good on eating vegan.

Total: 127 Miles!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 88 ( 277 days to go)

Hi,                              Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Happy Birthday to my niece Mckenzie!  Thinking about you girlie :) Have a Great Year!

I haven't yet gotten on the treadmill but it's only 1:00 in the afternoon so it's still a possibility:) Doing very well on my diet and I've had a great friend to correspond with daily which is helping tremendously!

Wham! Did it! 3 Miles in 51:11 almost 400 calories burned, now if I can just find a way to burn 600 more in a day, I'll being doing good :) If I haven't burned 1,000 calories a day I don't feel like I did much, just me.

Total: 127 Miles!

Day 87 (278 days to go)

Hi,                                Monday, January 4th, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 86 (279 days to go)

Hi,                             Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

No workout today.

I thought I should mention that I'm doing very well on an all vegan diet that I'm sure I'll be happy with for the rest of my life :)  I'll share more info later.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 85 (280 days to go)

Hi,                      Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 84 (281 days to go)

Hi,                               Friday, January 1st, 2010  :)

Happy 2010 Here We Go!  Hope you all have a wonderful fit and healthy New Year everyone :)

No workout today.

I had a wonderful 10 pound loss for the month of December and 4 inches lost around my waist :) Yahoo!

Hoping and working for at least another 10 pound loss if not better for the month of January!

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 83 (282 days to go)

Hi,                              Thursday, December 31st, 2009

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles for the Year 2009!

Day 82 (283 days to go)

Hi,                        Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 81 (284 days to go)

Hi,                            Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 80 (285 days to go)

Hi,                       Monday, December 28th, 2009

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 79 (286 days to go)

Hi,                                   Sunday, December 27th, 2009

No workout today.

Total: 124 Miles!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Day 78 ( 287 days to go)

Hi,                  Saturday, December 26th, 2009

I'm getting on the treadmill today :)

I'm happy to report :) I walked 2 miles today in 37 minutes :) holding my 5 pound weights for the 1st mile.

Total: 124 Miles!

Day 77 (288 days to go)

Hi,                    December 25th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 76 (289 days to go)

Hi,                       Thursday, December 24th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 75 (290 days to go)

Hi,                      Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 74 (291 days to go)

Hi,                        Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 73 (292 days to go)

Hi,                      Monday, December 21st, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 72 (293 days to go)

Hi,                        Sunday, December 20th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 71 (294 days to go)

Hi,                            Saturday, December 19th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 70 (295 days to go)

Hi,                    Friday, December 18th, 2009

:) I fast walked at 3.5 holding 5 pound weights for 1 mile and it felt good :)

Total: 122 Miles!

Day 69 (296 days to go)

Hi,                     Thursday, December 17th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 121 Miles!

Day 68 (297 days to go)

Hi,                          Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 121 Miles!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 67 (298 days to go)

Hi,                              Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

No treadmill yet today.  I may walk a mile before I go to bed yet, we'll see :)

I'm doing really well on my calorie counting :)  1200-1400 nearly every day and it's really beginning to feel like a lifestyle, finally I found something that will work to keep the weight off :)

:) 1 mile with 5 lb. weights walking 3.4 speed in 17:48 :)  It was well worth it for taking 130 calories off of whatever I ate today.


Total: 121 Miles!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Day 66 (299 days to go)

Hi,                         Monday, December 14th, 2009

:) I walked 1.5 miles this morning on the treadmill holding 2,  5 lb. weights at a 3.4 speed!

I even got my husband's breakfast fixed and ironed his clothes, I don't think I've ever done both on the same day :) lol  Growing up can be hard to do :)



Total: 120 Miles!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 65 (300 days to go)

Hi,                       Sunday, December 13th, 2009

I'm staying between 1200-1400 calories a day which is giving me a 1 pound loss each day and it's working great :) 

I guess I better get back on that treadmill tomorrow :)  I made a pledge on a group I joined on the livestrong website to walk/run 30 miles for the month of December.  I think I have about 28 miles to go :)

Total: 118.5 Miles

Day 64 (301 days to go)

Hi,                     Saturday, December 12th, 2009

No treadmill again today but still going strong with keeping tally on the calorie counting. 

http://www.livestrong.com/ website makes it a cinch :)

Total: 118.5 Miles

Day 63 (302 days to go)

Hi,                     Friday, December 11th, 2009

No treadmill today :)

Total: 118.5 Miles

Day 62 (303 days to go)

Hi,               Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Today is supposed to be picture day but not going to happen :)

No treadmill but I'm doing great on my calorie counting :)

Total: 118.5 Miles

Day 61 (304 days to go)

Hi,              Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

No treadmill today.

Total: 118.5 Miles

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 60 (305 days to go)

Hi,

No treadmill today :(  but I started counting calories again today for a new goal I'm doing with a friend to eat only 1200 calories for the next 2 weeks, weighing and measuring ourselves and seeing what a difference it makes.

My total calories for today was 1700 so that means I have some better planning to do but I'm getting there :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 59 ( 306 days to go)

Hi,                    Monday, December 7th, 2009

I think I'm going to walk today :)

I'm really liking this Proten-2-Go from the Biggest Loser!  It really helps with the sugar cravings and getting the munchies all the time.

Oh yeah!  Did 30 minutes on the treadmill at a 3.0 speed for 1.5 miles and then took a 30 minute bath :)

A friend of mine has struck a deal with me to go the next 2 weeks eating just 1200 calories a day and we've got a good plan to make it happen :) We're going to measure the waist and weigh in and see if we get results.  Of course any exercise we can add each day would be helpful.

Total: 118.5 Miles

Day 58 ( 307 days to go)

Hi,                     Sunday, December 6th, 2009

No walking today.

Total: 117 Miles

Day 57 (308 days to go)

Hi,                   Saturday, December 5th, 2009

No walking today.

Total: 117 Miles

Friday, December 4, 2009

Day 56 (309 days to go)

Hi,                           Friday, December 4th, 2009

No walking today.

I did want to note that I really like the raspberry flavored Protein 2go.  I'm taking 2 of the Calorie Burner capsules just one time a day at lunch because I found that taking just 1 didn't quite feel like it was working well enough.

Garage Sale tomorrow, keeping my fingers crossed. I've never done a garage sale during winter weather and I'm not even sure if people go garage saling :)

Total: 117 Miles

Day 55 (310 days to go)

Hi,                            Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

No workout Today.


Total: 117 Miles

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 54 (311 days to go)

Hi :)                         Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

No exercise today.  Well, I cleaned out the garage some more and took care of my kids for exercise but no treadmill.

Losing weight is a doozy of a job and blogging about it is no easy task either. I want this to be as real as possible and very doable at the same time so I'm brainstorming :) I love brainstorming :) It gets the creative juices flowing.  I'm pretty Wild at Heart and I love a good challenge but I usually have to find my own way of doing it :)

I love writing and sharing my heart but blogging about it with my heart wide open is trickier than I thought and I'm thinking not completely the route for me. I want to turn this journey into a book and share my heart with the world but I'm thinking that writing this like a book and having it critiqued nearly every day while I'm writing it is excruciating.

I'm going to try and continue to share the stats and updated pictures monthly but I'm going to write my journey from my heart separate from my blog each day and turn it into a book at the end of the year.

Staying strong and keeping my chin up :)

Keep on running my friends!  I'll be here tomorrow :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day 53 (312 days to go)

Hi  :)                                Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well, I did it again :) woke up at 5:00am after going to bed 2 days in a row at 9:00pm :) and now I'm getting ready to go to bed again by 9:00pm :) This is working!!!

I did my 2 miles on the treadmill this morning.  I stopped by Rite Aid to try out Jillian's Calorie Burner capsules.  It says to take 2, 15 minutes before your meal so I did but it made my heart race kind of fast so I tried taking just 1 tonight before dinner.  I'll experiment with it and hopefully it will help keep the fat burning and keep me on track with what I'm already doing. I thought I was looking for a shake but maybe I was wrong.

I got my refill on Alkaline water today from my good friends at http://www.coloncarepdx.com/
We like to call it "Magic Water" It really makes drinking water so good :)


Total: 117 Miles

Monday, November 30, 2009

Day 52 (313 days to go)

Hi,                                  Monday, November 30th, 2009

I'm very happy to say that I got on my treadmill tonight and walked 2 miles in 37:54 minutes at an average of 3.2 speed.  It feels good to be getting back on track.  Last week was brutally emotional for whatever reasons it doesn't matter, what does matter is that I got through it and I'm exercising again!

I'm curious about the new vitamin/fat burning shake that Jillian is selling and may try it.  I need something that's for sure :)

http://www.jillianweightloss.com/

Well, a workout in for today and off to bed by 9:00, this is great!

Talk tomorrow.

Total: 115 Miles

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day 51 (314 days to go)

Hi,                                  Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I'm hoping to get a good nights sleep and get up in the morning at 5:00am for my normal routine of exercise in the morning and start this week off right!

The house is nearing perfection for a steady routine of life and it's making me smile from the inside out :) The stuff in the house is is either in order, out the door or almost in order and I love it!

I moved the couch away from the T.V. and into another room so that I'll have room to workout with my kids with our steppers and 3 lb. weights. I'm also hoping the hubby will want to work out with me at night :)

We also almost have the garage in order for a garage sale next weekend.  Kayla wants to have her own hot chocolate and apple cider booth to make her own money :)

My Total miles:  Still 113 Miles so far!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 50 (315 days to go)

Hello All,                      Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Apparently I'm taking a short sabbatical from walking on my treadmill :) I'm sure it won't last long.

Getting rid of a few items in the house and it feels good :) I like getting rid of stuff, it makes me feel free and peaceful.

I'm still looking for those angels!  I wonder if anyone out there believes in angels?

Love to all,
Thanks for Reading!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Day 49 (316 days to go)

Hi,                                      Friday, November 27th, 2009

I'm having fun ripping papers off the walls, taking pictures of goods to sell on Craig's list and hopefully a garage sale this weekend! In other words we're getting rid of stuff we don't really need or use much just so we can have a little less.

I talked to the hubby about Weight Watchers and he doesn't seem too impressed with the idea.  He says it's just more talk and not enough action.  He says I need to be burning about 4,000 calories and thinks it would be a better route to purchase the 24 Hr. Fitness 2 yr. membership from Costco for $299.99 which ends up being $12.00 a month.  I think he's probably right but I still need help on what to feed myself and my family. I wish I could say I know exactly what to feed everybody, everyday but that would be a lie.  Apparently I'm supposed to just know this just because I'm a human being and I happen to be a girl but how are you supposed to know something you were never taught? I am utterly frustrated with this stereotypical nonsense of how women are just supposed to know stuff!  The reason women knew these things back in the day is because their "mother's" taught them! And that's all I have to say about that. Maybe I'll get an angel soon who will miraculously teach me these things I'm suppsed to know.

Good night to all of you faithful readers :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day 48 (317 days to go)

Happy Thanksgiving to All!            Thursday, November 26th, 2009

I had a lazy, relaxing day with NO exercise. I don't know if this is a good thing but it's happened anyway and I'm starting to get a clear picture that unless I get to bed by 9:00 to get up at 5:00 and get my exercise in, it's next to impossible to find the motivation to exercise.  I've been doing it but it feels like I've been doing the impossible and how long can someone keep up the impossible?

I checked out the advice someone gave me of Weight Watchers today and found out that there is a lot of support for it in my area and if I can find a decent emphasis on the vegetarian way of eating the Weight Watchers way then I'll jump in :)  It costs $35-40 a month for a membership which is what I'll need with 80 lbs. to lose. I'm also considering more options on physical exercise because walking on the treadmill just isn't giving me enough calorie burn.  I need more bang for my buck until I can get this weight off and focus on my running abilities.  It feels like I'll never get to my marathon running abilities at the rate I'm going so I need to change things up a bit. 

I'm still looking for those angels :) I found a couple but I need a whole lot more :)

Lots of love!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 47 (318 days to go)

Hello All,          

I'm here but I'm not doing so great.  This is so hard. I want to scream!!!

Good night and I hope some angels come  my way and help me because God knows I need it :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 46 (319 days to go)

Hello All,                              Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I was off schedule all day, ughh. I didn't track what I ate and I was just plain tired.

I got on my treadmill finally at 10:15pm and walked slowly 2 miles in 55 minutes while I talked on the phone. I did not feel like getting on the treadmill today.  It was just an Off Day.  I guess those kind of days happen sometimes.

I hope tomorrow is a wonderful productive day!

Total: 113 Miles!
Love to all!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 45 (320 days to go)

Hello All,                                              Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oh boy, I'm cutting it close again. I finally got on the treadmill at 10:40pm and walked 2 miles in 40 minutes.

Just a lot going on lately. I have some new ideas and things I'm preparing for. The most recent thing coming up is a Garage Sale :) I don't think I've ever done a Garage Sale around Thanksgiving but I have a son whose been sick for 10 years and we've finally found a Doctor who says he can be well again in 6 months to a year and so we're looking for ways to raise money on behalf of his little life.  We are looking to down size to cut cost and to cut back on maintenance so we can focus more on his treatments and getting Jonathan well :) This Garage Sale is just an effort to get the ball rolling in the direction of raising money to the Cause of Jonathan's Healthy Future!  I Love you Son and "Where There's a Will, There is Always a Way".

My water today was: 64 ozs.

Food consumption:
- 6 dates, 120 calories, 0 fat calories
- 1 cup green tea, 0 calories
- 1 Tbsp. peanut butter,
- 1 cup mother's tea, 0 calories
- 1 cup green tea, 0 caloires
- 1 apple, 80 calories, 0 fat calories
- 22 oyster crackers, 60 calories, 15 fat calories
- 20 raw almonds,
- 1 apple, 2 Tbsp. caramel, 290 calories, 0 fat calories
- 3 bean soup w/2 slices cornbread
- 1 apple w/2 Tbsp. caramel, 290 calories, 0 fat calories
- 2 Popey's Chicken w/ 2 Tbsp. Potatoes w/gravy & 3 Tbsp. coleslaw
- 1 Reese's Peanut butter cup
- 1 Skittles bag, 250 calories, 25 fat calories
- 1 Wild Blue Beer ?

Total: 111 Miles!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 44 (321 days to go)

Hello Everyone,                                            November 22nd, 2009

I'm feeling exhausted at 11:11pm tonight, need to go to bed.

I woke up and got my 2 miles in this morning :)

I weighed myself at 215 lbs. so I lost 3 lbs. in 6 days, that's a good start.  I'll weigh again on December 22nd and hopefully 4 weeks will give me a good number :) I'm far from being out of the woods yet!

I look forward to hearing other peoples ideas :) so shoot!

Water intake: 64 ozs.

Food consumption:
- 1 cup cream of wheat
- 20 almonds,
- peppermint tea, 0 calories :)
- 2 slices toast w/butter & honey,
- 6" Subway Chicken sandwich,
- 1 cup 3-Bean soup
- 2 squares of corn bread
- 1 Peanut Buster Parfait from Dairy Queen

Approximate Total:


Total: 107 Miles
Run, Run, Run!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 43 (322 days to go)

Wow, what a day!                                           November 21st, 2009

I had a nonstop cleaning house day! Now I remember why I don't like cleaning bathrooms, it takes too long :)

I got on the treadmill around 7:30pm and did 2 miles in 34:54 minutes!

I wanted to mention that I found it disgustingly interesting to see that it took me 2 1/2 miles to walk off just 3 BBQ Honey Chicken Wings for the fat calories :(  That's entirely too long to walk just for 3 BBQ Honey Chicken Wings! Fat calories total 100 for those little boogers.

Water intake: 128 ozs.

Food consumption:
- 20 raw almonds, 180 calories,
- 1 apple, 80 calories
- 1 small avocado, 214 calories, 20 fat calories
- 3/4 cheese quesadilla, 100 calories, 44 fat calories
- 1 glass peppermint tea, 0 calories :)
- 8" Italian Sub sandwich, 622 calories, 42 fat calories

Approximate Total: 1,196 calories, 106 fat calories

Total: 105 Miles
Run, Run, Run!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 42 (323 days to go)

Hello All,                                          November 20th, 2009

I woke up at 5:00am and got on the treadmill at 6:00am to do a 2.7 mile walk :)

Water intake: 128ozs.

Food consumption:

- 5 raw almonds, 45 calories
- 1 cup Turkey/Chicken spaghetti w/1 Tbsp. sour cream, 300 calories
- 3 slices banana bread - no butter, 690 calories
- 1 small avocado, 214 calories, 20 fat calories
- 5 raw almonds, 45 calories
- 1 orange, 100 calories
- 1 apple, 80 calories
- 1 cup pistachio pudding, 150 calories, 2 fat calories
- 15 asparagus w/vegannaise, 180 calories, 90 fat calories
- 2 Tbsps. carob chips, 70 calories, 30 fat calories
- 1 cup Turkey/Chicken spaghetti w/1 Tbsp. sour cream, 300 calories

Approximate Total: 2,174 calories, probably at least 200 fat calories
As you can probably see, my diet isn't well planned.  Got to work on that :)

Total Miles: 103
Run My Friends!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 41 (324 days to go)

Hello All,                                           November 19th, 2009

Oh boy! Last night was a late nighter because of hubby's work and then today there was so much going on that I somehow didn't get a bite to eat until 2:00pm. I stopped by Big Town Hero Sandwich shop and when I asked them for a list of the calories in their food they said they didn't know what the calorie count was in their food so I asked the guy to go ask his manager and he came back with the answer, "We won't get our list until January and then by law we don't have to publish it for a year".  That right off the bat tells me they have might have a lot of calories they are trying to hide.  I ordered the sandwich we've liked in the past and went home to look it up on the interenet only to find that yes indeed there is a list of Big Town Hero calories for their sandwiches except for the one I ate, Verry Berry Turkey.   http://www.bigtownhero.com/

My water today: 96 ozs.

My food consumption:

- 12" Very Berry Turkey sandwich from Big Town Hero  I'm estimating around 800 calories, 20 fat calories
- 1 cup Marshmallow cereal w/1 cup milk, 180 calories, 33 fat calories
- small french fry, 230 calories, 11 fat calories
- 1 med. vanilla milkshake from McDonald's, 550 calories, 15 fat calories

Approximate Total: 1,760 calories, 79 fat calories

I finally got on the treadmill at 10:15pm to walk/jog 2 miles in 40 minutes

Total: 100.3 Miles
Run on my friends!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 40 (325 days to go)

Hello All,                                           November 18th, 2009

I'm constantly amazed to see that I've squeezed a 2 mile walk/jog each day even on days when the time keeps ticking away to that midnight hour and I just don't think I can manage to get on that treadmill versus going to bed :)

I walk/jogged 2 miles on the treadmill in 38 minutes tonight starting at 9:15pm while everyone else was in bed except the 18 month old who decided he wanted to be awake so I put him in the walker and had to get off the treadmill periodically to get him a toy to play with and something to munch on. Being interrupted all the time isn't something I really enjoy but apparently it's a way of life.

Water consumption: 64 ozs.

Here's my menu of what I consumed today as promised :)
-1/2 cup oatmeal w/buttter, sugar, cinnamon, 277 calores, 25 fat calories
-1 Braeburn apple, 80 calories, 0 fat calories
-1 Cedar Lane Three layer Enchilada Pie, Gluten free  430 calories, 120 fat calories
-1cup lowfat vanilla yogurt, 250 calories, 25 fat calories
-3 Honey BBQ Glazed Wings, 180 calories, 100 fat calories
-2 slices whole wheat toast w/butter & honey, 360 calories
-1 orange, 85 calories, 0 fat calories
-1 cup tuna/chicken spaghetti w/ 1 Tbsp. sour cream on top, 300 calories
-1 slice homemade banana bread, 230 calories, 3 fat calories

Approximate Total: 2,192 calories, 273 fat calories
Apparently my calorie intake daily is 2,000 if I want to achieve 135 lbs. w/30 minute exercise daily.

Found a Great website for calorie counting :)  http://www.livestrong.com/  I'm sure most of you have already heard of it but I hadn't :)  Very Awesome website for people who are trying to live healthy!

Totoal: 98.3
Run on my friends!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day 39 (326 days to go)

Hello all,                                       Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I woke up at 5:00am and got on the treadmill at 6:00am for a 2 mile walk/jog in 38 minutes.

I didn't do terribly hot on my water intake today @ 68 ozs.

I am beginning to see the importance of at least being accountable to log my food intake. I'm not much of a calorie counter especially if it's not labelled. For instance, how are you supposed to count the calories of a meal when you've been invited to share dinner at a friend's house? And have you ever heard of calorie labels on apples, oranges, avocadoes, carrots and such? It just seems quite complicated and I need simple! While I'm figuring out simple, I will at least commit to being honest about my intake and you may find me willing to measure my food with 1 cup portions and such.

This weight loss crap is such a journey and one I hope to tackle and NEVER have to repeat.

Total: 96.3 miles
Run on my friends!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 38 (327 days to go)

Good Morning,                                                 November 16th, 2009

I woke up at 5:00am and got on the treadmill at 6:00 for a 2 mile walk that took 43 minutes.

I've already drank 36 ozs. of water this morning so it should be a good day for water consumption :)   Here's a great website I found   http://www.weightlossforall.com/


I have a confession to make.  I've really struggled with the purpose of getting on that scale and seeing numbers I don't like that won't go away.  I thought I was going to be able to kick the habit of weighing myself but, yep there's the butt :), but so many things in life require that you know your weight. I felt an overwhelming temptation to step on that scale and see a hopeful progress and instead I was devestated! A whopping 218 lbs. and I am feeling sooooo frustrated but mostly just aggressive. I don't lose easily and I'm now in a Big Fight to show my body who the Master is :) I am the Master of my own body!

So, a juicing here we go :)  Most of what I know from juicing comes from watching my parents juice growing up, trying it from time to time myself and listening to "The Juiceman" on cassettes.  I haven't really met a lot of people that try it out but I've read about lots of people juicing for life and really loving it.  I figure I might as well give it an honest shot if I expect to run this marathon next year because I'm certainly not going to run 26 miles weighing over 200 lbs.  I will weigh myself each month on the 22nd when I measure with my red ribbon for inches and hopefully now I'll begin to see great results!

Now that I'm beginning to get up at 5:00am and posting my miles before noon I'll probably starting adding a bit of the rest of my day before I go to bed.

It's 10:24am and I've had about 6 ozs. of carrot/apple juice and of course some more water.  Time to go juice a bit more before any hungry girgles begin.

Total: 94.3 miles
Run on my friends!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 37 (328 days to go)

Hello all,                                 November 15th, 2009

I finally got on the treadmill at 8:45pm and walked 2 miles in 42:43 minutes.  Not my best time but I'm trying to prove that everything counts and it's just a matter of getting it done and not always in how fast you can get it done.

I'm beginning to track my water intake and so today my total is:    108 ozs.

I wouldn't be surprised if I start juicing soon for maximum feel good results.  I'm not sure how much my audience knows about the benefits of juicing but you're about to find out :)

Total: 92.3 miles
Run on my friends!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 36 ( 329 days to go)

Hello all,                                                November 14th, 2009

I'm happy to say that I walked/jogged 10 miles today!  Thanks so much to my husband for watching the kids :) 

I left the house around 12:30pm with a specific route planned out along the sidewalks, knowing that I wanted to walk more then the 4.9 miles I walked on Thursday and hopefully twice that.  It took me 3 hours to get home and after crashing and re-energizing, I took the car out to track how many miles I went.  It was exactly 9 miles so I marched straight in the house and walked an extra mile on the treadmill to make it a 10 :)  It would have bothered me all night to know I was that close.

Total: 90.3 miles
Run on my friends

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 35 (330 days to go)

Good Morning all,                                      November 13th, 2009

Woke at 5:00 to the alarm clock and got on the treadmill at 6:00 to do a very slow 43 minute walk of 2 miles :) 

Took a shower, got my oldest up to take his shower and then ate an apple and some pumpkin seeds while I got myself updated on the computer.

A friend just recently mentioned a great way to motivate your training.  Stacy Hull just logged 1,000 miles for the year, awesome!  I tallied mine since I began October 10th and the number is 80.3 miles!  I wonder if I can catch up to her :)  I like a good competition :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 34 (331 days to go)

Hi,                                    November 12th, 2009

I had an interesting workout today :) I've been trying to figure out how to get some more walking miles in with all 4 kids by myself, preferrably outdoors.  My plan was to somehow get all 4 kids in my 3 seater jogger that you can either pull behind a bicycle or push with a front wheel attached and I was doing great until the last mile home and when the front wheel wouldn't twist like it was supposed to to let me go forward, it snapped.  I had to figure out how to balance it without the front wheel attached with 3 kids in it for the last mile.  Thankfully daddy was with us and he was able to help keep Kayla going somehow.  Well, so much for that idea.

I did get 4.9 miles out of it today :)

The only idea that's out on the table now is to drive to the park with all 4 kids, put Isaac in my Ergo and run laps while the kids play.  I wish I could come up with something more exciting.  Thankfully I still have my treadmill.

Much love to all!  Run on my friends!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 33 ( 332 days to go)

Hello,                                        November 11th, 2009

Today was a tough day.  I was just plain cranky. 

I got on my treadmill finally at 9:30 pm and figured I'd get my 2 miles in somehow.  I started off at a 2.5 speed and slowly inched my way up to 3.2 speed finishing in 43:25 minutes.

I sure hope this exercising every day pays off because it sure is difficult to stay disciplined.

Sweet dreams everyone :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 32 (333 days to go)

I'm smiling tonight :)                          November 10th, 2009

I love it when I get on the treadmill last minute thinking I'm going to trudge along with a 40 minute 2 mile workout and end up smoking my time :)

2 miles in 31:41  Yes!!!!!  That's a little under a 16 minute mile :)

Today is Picture Day! Run on my friends :)




Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 31 (334 days to go)

Hello all,

Tomorrow is picture day :)

My body is starting to feel a lot better :) Run on my friends!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 30 (335 days to go)

Yay,                            November 8th, 2009

I ran for quite awhile tonight beating my time :)  2 miles in 34 minutes, which is 17 minute miles :)  Yes! :) I continued to walk an extra mile going at a 3.2 speed to finish out what would be a 5K to see what my time would be.  I finished in 57:17 and without any potty stops :)

2 more days till my new picture for the month :)

Good night all and Good Luck!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 29 (336 days to go)

Hi :)                                 November 7th, 2009

Today I focused mostly on getting the laundry caught up, the dishes and the vacuuming. I did manage to get my 2 miles in this evening around 9:15, stretched just a little, jumped in the shower :) and now I'm off to bed.

I'm excited about taking a new picture on November 10th to show a bit of improvement. In 1 months time of just exercising at least 2 miles a day, I've gone from an XL to a L in my shirts and from a size 18/20 in my jeans to a size 16.

I look forward to each month's progress!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 28 (337 days to go)

I hit the road today and walked 4.7 miles with my 2 youngest children in the double jogging stroller.  It felt good to get out :)

Talk to you all again tomorrow.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 27 (338 days to go)

Hello all,                     November 5th, 2009

I've been feeling like I'm in a bit of rut with my minimum of 2 miles a day and so tonight I got on the treadmill to do my 2 miles after the kids went to bed and I decided to go an extra mile to get my butt in gear :)  I did 3 miles in 56 minutes if you don't count the walk upstairs to change out the laundry and a couple quick stops to the bathroom probably because of the dumb coffee I had today.

Anyway, love you all!  Keep exercising everybody :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 26 (339 days to go)

Hello all,                           November 4th, 2009

My life is screaming for schedule!  Go to bed @ 9:30, get up @ 5:30 but boy has this been hard to stick to. I'll be so glad when I grow another back bone to be able to look anyone in the face and say, "I love you and I'm going to bed, see you at the butt crack of dawn".   :)

I barely got my exercise for today.  At 9:15 pm I dragged my butt to the treadmill and walked for 40 minutes, doing 2 miles.  I'm routinely a sucker for distractions and I hate that about me. Need to change, need to change :)

Well, almost 1 month down and 11 more to go :) I know from ancient experience that this gets easier after month 2 for me, we shall see.

Good Luck to all of you who are reading this and I hope that you're inspired to accomplish whatever it is in life you aspire to be and do :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 25 (340 days to go)

Hello all,

I look back on 11 years of my life of gaining weight and not finding a way to exercise each day and I am sad that I couldn't figure it out and make it happen. I would have never guessed that staying fit would be so hard to maintain after getting married and having kids. Learning how to maintain myself while building new relationships has been almost the most difficult thing I've had to learn so far.

Anyway, I got my 2 miles in this morning but barely.  I've been too busy in my personal life lately and with going to bed around 10:30 just made me too sleepy to jump up and hit that treadmill this morning.

Every day is getting a little easier and I know that another month of this and I'm going to start feeling pretty happy with myself :)

Deciding to exercise Every Day and not just 5 or 6 days a week has been the best decision I've made in a very long time!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Day 24 (341 days to go)

Good Morning,

Got up this morning @ 5:30, checked my emails and then got on the treadmill for my 2 mile walk and a new beginning to family mornings!

I'm looking forward to whatever today's journey will be :)

Love you all!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 23 (342 days to go)

:)

I had a happy 2 mile walk around 4:00 pm in my new workout clothes :)

I got my 1st check yesterday as a distributor for Winalite/Love Moon Pads and I am of course thrilled to pieces!!!  $170 isn't too shabby if you ask me :) for a stay at home mom of 4 :)  I also got a $121 check from the consignment clothes I sold!  I forgot how good it feels to get a pay check :) I'm looking forward to sharing the Wealth of Winalite and the Health of their Amazing Pads!  I can't believe someone didn't figure out a common sense maxi pad before now and ensuring the safety of us women during our cycle. If this is the 1st time you've heard of Winalite/Love Moon Pads it won't be the last!

I'm happy to give any woman a pkg. of maxi's so you too can experience a safer, healthier, stress free cycle each month. If you want to order a case of your own life changing maxi's, go to http://www.girlpads.com/ and email me your questions egibson@girlpads.com and I'll help get you started on the right path to ordering a healthy maxi pad for what should be a relaxing experience each month and not a stressful experience.

Love to all,
Elicia

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Day 22 (343 days to go)

Hi,

I'm happy to say, I got my workout done before noon again :)  2 miles in 35:16 , except the hubby says it doesn't count because I took a potty break halfway through :) Despite the potty break I still did 18 minute miles and I ran at a 7.0 today!!! I'm doing good! Chris says I should put a timer next to my treadmill to count the real time if I have to stop to go pee.  Okay, so he's probably right. So, I guess that means yesterday's run didn't count because I had to stop halfway through to go make breakfast for my husband. Whatever!

I say, "Where There's a Will, There's Always a Way". I have 4 kids and a husband to take care of, oh yeah, and myself and the point is, I'm getting it done, every day!
Oh Yeah :)

Run on my friends :) Love every one of you!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 21 (344 days to go)

Hi :)                                                                 October 30th, 2009

I woke up this morning a little before 7:00 and got on my treadmill @ 7:15, Yay! I walked 1 mile before getting off the treadmill briefly to fix the hubby a milkshake and peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then hopped back on to finish the 2nd mile after he left for work.

It feels so much better to get my exercise in before the kids wake up and start my day.  Now if I can just do this every day then I'm good to go :) preferrably @ 5:30 or 6:00 and then I can do 3 miles each day :)

I have vegetable/bean soup in the crockpot for dinner :) Probably whip together a chicken salad as well :)

Have a Great Day!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 20 (345 days to go)

Hello all,

I held 5 lb. weights for the entire 2 miles going at speed 3.0 for 40 minutes and it felt good :) I could feel the muscles stretching in my shoulders.

I'm off to bed :) Hopefully a strict and healthy schedule will stick :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 19 (346 days to go)

Hi,

I walked a lazy 2 miles while talking on the phone to basically walk off the shin splints I was experiencing from yesterday :) Those things are a booger. I hate shin splints!

I am noticing a considerable amount of extra bounce in my step from my muscles getting stronger :) and I'm noticing a strength in my assertiveness which is not always accepted very well by those who are used to getting what they want. This part of losing weight is quite uncomfortable to experience and I remember it well from past experiences of losing weight.  I really hate making people feel uncomfortable but it sure feels good to lose weight and feel more energy!

Wish me well!   :) :) :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 18 (347 days to go)

I smoked my time today :)   35:28 in 2 miles 

Looks like I'm down to 18 minute miles :)  Hey, I just realized it's my 18th day and I ran an 18 minute mile!!!

I also walked with 5 lb. weights today :) the only time I didn't hold the weights is when I was running really fast, that will have to be another day :)

Have a Happy Day!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 17 (348 days to go)

Hi all,

9:43 pm and I just finished my 2 miles for today :) I did it in my regular time of 40 minutes going at a 3.0 speed, holding 4 lb. weights.  I think tomorrow I'd like to see myself holding 5 lb. weights :)  I suppose if I get good at this walking with weights thing then I'll have to go buy some more weights.  I don't have anything past 5 lbs.

I'll also be glad when I get rid of this excess weight and I can just enjoy the run :)

Love to all,
Elicia :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day 16 (349 days to go)

Hi all,                                                            October 25th, 2009

Well, it's still a bit difficult to make myself fit in workout time each and every day but I still believe it's do-able :) and I still have High Hopes that it will pay off!

I had a busy friend weekend and so was distracted by friendly entertainment but still managed to squeeze in a must do 2 mile walk/jog. 

Tonight was especially difficult as 9:30 pm rolled around and I still had not done my workout for today.  I beggingly (is that a word? ) asked my husband to be supportive with getting my 2 miles in for today. It took a bit of conversation to explain in detail what exactly I was talking about but in the end he figured out what kind of support I was asking for in my "girl language" and stepped up to the plate, for which I'm very grateful for :) Chris stood by the treadmill and politely encouraged me to do just a little better and in some cases I surprised him and did even better then better with a sprint at 6.5 :)  Chris helped me get a couple of my laps down to 4 1/2 minutes. So, if I can get my laps down to 4 minutes then I'll achieve a new time of 2 miles in 36 minutes.

Each day does get better!  It is getting quite apparent though that sugar and high fat foods are not welcome in my diet anymore. I'm having a love/hate about this fact.

I love you all and I hope that my journaling is somehow helping!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 15 (350 days to go)

Hi :)

I did the 2nd part of my 20 minute workout with Stormie Ormatian video with all 4 of my kids there helping me out :) I didn't do so bad. I then walked a very slow 2 miles just because I could :) and I was talking on the phone with my dad :)

I've noticed that my body is feeling more flexible and I'm moving around a lot quicker :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 14 (351 days to go)

Hi :)

I walked 3 miles today on my treadmill, VERY Slowly, just because I could :)

Every day is getting better :)  Just Keep Going! ! !

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 13 (352 days to go)

Hello all,

I got my exercise in this early afternoon because my oldest daughter Kayla has an end of the year soccer party and I wasn't sure I'd get home in time to make it happen.

It looks like I'm getting better every day :)  Today's workout: 2 miles in 37 minutes 17 seconds.  I walked almost 1 mile of that on a 3.5 speed and I held 4 lb. hand weights today.  I could definitely feel the stretching of my upper back and shoulders, so 4 lbs. is good :)  I could feel my shin splints wanting to attack so I had to slow down the 3.5 before I wanted to.  My aim is not to kill myself working out but to pace myself.

I heard them say on "Biggest Loser" the other night that they are working out 6 hours a day.  I can't imagine ever having that luxury on a daily basis.  I can see myself having that opportunity once a week if need be but I'm pretty sure they have to sit down with ice packs all over their legs for quite awhile after each workout which I also don't have the luxury of.

I still have a LOT to learn about proper diet and what to fix every body, every day.  As I learn it, I'll share it :)  One thing I've noticed that's helping considerably is to have organic apples on hand and raw almonds and when I get hungry for a snack it feels great!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 12 (353 days to go)

Hello all,

Today was mostly a grumpy day and so I could tell that I was going to need to force an exercise out of me :)  Around 2:30 I jumped on the treadmill w/ my 3# hand weights and did my minimum of 2 miles in 40 minutes while I fumed over what was going on in my head. Did I mention I was feeling grumpy? :) ha ha  Well, it's a good thing I have a workout to do every day for instances like this or else I'd have to go off on somebody. Just to be sure, it didn't have anything to do with my husband or kids thankfully :)

I wonder if everyone has that one person in their life that just grates them no-matter how much you try to ignore the way they make you feel?

On a happier note :) I got to do my pre-buy from the consignment sale and at the end of the day I noticed that with $400 of my stuff in inventory, $59.50 sold, Yay! I spent $118 at the consignment tonight and feel very happy with what I got to buy :) For those of you might wonder what I'm talking about, go check it out  http://www.bbdsale.com/
It only happens two times a year!

Love you all!  Hope you're having happy workouts :) Don't worry about the stinker days, they will pass!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 11 (354 days to go)

What a day!  Hello Everyone :)

Somehow I got 201 baby items tagged and ready for this week's Fall Sale. I had to have my stuff turned in by 7:30 pm tonight.  As I was driving home I was tempted to go through a drive-thru to feed the growling stomach from today's no-eat, drink lots of coffee, get the job done day :) Ha!

So because I have kids at home it's sometimes difficult to get one's needs met when you have little people around saying, "Mommy help me, Mommy do this, Mommy do that, Mommy can I have a drink of water". Yes, so difficult to say, "Mommy has to eat something first". So because of this dilemma of not knowing how to say NO to them it's much easier to eat something before I get home but difficult to find something healthy to eat so tonight I just came home with the thought that I could just grab an apple and pop in a slice of toast w/peanut butter & jelly on it so that's what I did :)  I don't know how healthy the peanut butter & jelly was for me but at least I didn't have to spend any money and it's probably healthier than the vanilla milkshake and Big'N'Tasty w/cheese that I was going to eat.

I sat down to eat and then thinking I should let the food settle before working out I remembered that tonight was "Biggest Loser" show so I turned on the T.V. a little after 8:00 to relax which was much needed tonight :) At 9:00 I was still a bit hungry so I ate an avocado and then at 10:00 I dragged my butt to the treadmill for my workout today.

I thought I was just going to do the barney basic 2 miles in 40 minutes and call it done but I did much better :)  I carried 3 lb. weights in each hand and did my workout for a record break of 37 minutes 33 seconds.  My legs are definitely feeling better and are ready for some sprinting :) I fast walked at a 3.0 for the 1st mile and a 3.3 for the 2nd mile.

Don't peek if you get grossed out easily but here's another Just Do It example.  I realized halfway into my workout that I wasn't, Oh never mind, you probably can't handle it :)

Love You All, I'll have more to share tomorrow :)