Sunday, July 11, 2010


So much for a plan.  I didn't run today because my back hurt to much.  It was a wise move because it is feeling so much better tonight.  In fact, I haven't felt any pain since this morning :). 

I love's food journal.  I love seeing that even though I didn't make the healthiest of food choices today (lg fries at McDonald's and a peice of Angel food cake), I still had a 300 calorie deficit today.  I really think this is what I needed to get back in the game.  Now I can get back to my calorie math and loosing those excess calories I am carrying around with me.

On another note....

I am so thankful for my husband.  He truly is a great daddy to our girls.  He is a wonderful husband.  He works so very hard for us, though sometimes we wish he didn't work quite so hard.  I just wanted to take a moment to think of this special man in my life.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

If I can do it...

ANYBODY CAN!!!  Let me repeat, if I can do it, anybody can.  I am not kidding when I say this.  My Aunt Patty said it best this past weekend, "you used to be kind of a couch potatoe."  I love you, Auntie.  those words were never so true. Used to be...  And I really was a couch potatoe.  "Honey could ya get me.." were spoken so often that I think every other sentence started that way.

Ask anyone who knew/knows me.  I hate sweating.  Feeling that salty liquid forming on my body, ewww.  Worse now it actually drips off of me.  And when I run and breathe heavy out my lips, sweat mists off my upper lip.  It's just plain gross!  And yet, I countinue to exercise and push my body to its limit.  Why?

Why? is really a great question.  I love the results.  I love how I feel afterwards.  And not just physically.  I feel great emotionally.  An added bonus, since I have fought depression for most of my life.  Diagnosed Manic-depressive at 16.  It's why I was such a couch potatoe in my past.  But running and exercise gives me such a high that I can push out those depressive thoughts.  So again, if I can do it anybody can.

And I am in love with  Its My Health Tracker is totally awesome!  My GG member and friend just told me about it.  It is a food journal, exercise journal, weight tracker, measurement tracker, just about anything tracker.  It graphs all of this for you.  I am excited to start journaling again.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A beautiful start to a beautiful day!

I rode with my husband to work this morning.  He has instigated "Fitness Fridays" where he works.  Those who ride to work (or workout before/after work) get to dress casually this summer.  I decided to join him on his ride to work.  We had a lot of fun.  Plus, I got to chat with some of my friends who work with him and who also peddled to work this morning.  19.3 miles round trip.  Pretty sure my odometer is off.  Because it was only 8.9 miles there. That's 17.8 miles round trip, right?  Plus puts the ride at 16.2 miles.  So somewhere between 16.2 and 19.3 miles is what I actually peddled.  Burned 939 calories, though.  Can't complain about that.

Now, I am just waiting to send my girls to Duluth for the afternoon.  Erica and I are going strawberry picking once we drop them off.  That should be a lot of fun.  My 3yo is really looking forward to it!  Perhaps I should bring my mom some strawberries this weekend, since she is unable to fulfill her promise to provide me with strawberries this year.

July was supposed to be journal my food month.  I have not been able to maintain my journal.  And I have been eating horribly.  But starting today, I am going to make healthy food choices.  If I make healthy food choices then I shouldn't have to worry about writing down what goes into my mouth.  So here are a few rules I live by:

no more than 5 ingredients in a food item
if I can't pronounce it, I can't eat it
whole foods first
90/10 (eat well 90% of the time, don't care 10%)
no more pop

Now that I have written it down, I have to live by these choices.  and along those lines here is my workout plan for the next week or so.  I would rest on Sunday but I have rested for far too many days lately.  So I will rest a week from Sunday.  Run is defined as a planned run but may walk part.

Saturday  Run
Sunday Run
Monday Run
Tuesday Run
Wednesday bike
Thursday run
Friday bike
Saturday run
sunday rest

I have kept off the scale.  I know it's only been 9 days, but I haven't even thought about the scale lately.  I am back to focusing on my overall health.  The scale is only one measurement of that health.  I love how my clothes are fitting.  I love hearing people tell me how good I look.  I love how my lungs feel after I exercise.  And I love looking at myself in the mirror.  I know that sounds horrible to say, but I look so different that I just can't get over it.

This weekend I am going bike shopping.  That sounds like a lot of fun.  Al says that MP has a 0% fitness loan available to employees/families.  So a new bike may just become a reality.  I don't plan to stop biking after the duathlon this fall.  I am seriously considering doing a tri next year.  A short course tri.  I just don't see me swimming not to mention in open water.  I just don't swim in lakes.  But 6 months ago I would have said, I just don't run.

In fact, 2 months ago I said that at Fitness Ridge.  I ran across the 10k finish line and was rewarded by the Carmen saying, "Wow, I saw you finish.  You really can run."  My response, "I can run, I just chose not to."  Why would anyone want to run?  For me, I run because I like the way my body is starting to look from running.  I can see shapely legs under all that fat.  They are dying to come out.  And the only exercise I have ever tried that is shaping my legs is running.  So, therefore, I will run.

I guess I am done blabbing on and on for now.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Girl Gang has challenged its members to journal their food for the month of July.  I have been journaling off and on since December. More off than on lately.  So looking forward to having to journal again.  My plan is to post my daily counts here on my blog.  Not sure I can post the full journal.  Too much committment for that!

But I encourage everyone to journal their food for the next month and learn how easy it is to lose weight when you don't put food in your mouth because you don't want to have to write it down!  At least that's how it works for me. 

I've been on a plateau for a few weeks.  It's time to lose another 10 pounds.  So I will journal and keep my calories under 1800 each day.  I will work out either running or biking 4-5 days a week.  I am not going to get on the scale the whole month of July.  On August 1st, I will post my weight loss for the month of July following this plan.